Content Area 
Percentage Goals for Exams 
Physics B 
Physics C 
I. 


Newtonian Mechanics ........................... 
35% 
100% 

A. 

Kinematics (including vectors, vector algebra,components of vectors, coordinate systems,
displacement, velocity and acceleration) 
7% 
18% 


1. 
Motion in one dimension 
√ 
√ 


2. 
Motion in two dimensions, including projectile motion 
√ 
√ 

B. 

Newton’s laws of motion 
9% 
20% 


1. 
Static equilibrium (first law) 
√ 
√ 


2. 
Dynamics of a single particle (second law) 
√ 
√ 


3. 
Systems of two or more objects (third law) 
√ 
√ 

C. 

Work, energy, power 
5% 
14% 


1. 
Work and work–energy theorem 
√ 
√ 


2. 
Forces and potential energy 
√ 
√ 


3. 
Conservation of energy 
√ 
√ 


4. 
Power 
√ 
√ 

D. 

Systems of particles, linear momentum 
4% 
12% 


1. 
Center of mass 

√ 


2. 
Impulse and momentum 
√ 
√ 


3. 
Conservation of linear momentum, collisions 
√ 
√ 

E. 

Circular motion and rotation 
4% 
18% 


1. 
Uniform circular motion 

√ 


2. 
Torque and rotational statics 

√ 


3. 
Rotational kinematics and dynamics 
√ 
√ 


4. 
Angular momentum and its conservation 
√ 
√ 

F. 

Oscillations and gravitation 
6% 
18% 


1. 
Simple harmonic motion (dynamics and energy relationships) 
√ 
√ 


2. 
Mass on a spring 
√ 
√ 


3. 
Pendulum and other oscillations 
√ 
√ 


4. 
Newton’s law of gravity 
√ 
√ 


5. 
Orbits of planets and satellites 





a. Circular 
√ 
√ 



b. General 

√ 
II. 


Fluid Mechanics and Thermal Physics............................ 
15% 


A. 

Fluid Mechanics 
6% 



1. 
Hydrostatic pressure 
√ 



2. 
Buoyancy 
√ 



3. 
Fluid flow continuity 
√ 



4. 
Bernoulli’s equation 
√ 


B. 

Temperature and heat 
2% 



1. 
Mechanical equivalent of heat 
√ 



2. 
Heat transfer and thermal expansion 
√ 


C. 

Kinetic theory and thermodynamics 
7% 



1. 
Ideal gases 





a. Kinetic model 
√ 




b. Ideal gas law 
√ 



2. 
Laws of thermodynamics 





a. First law (including processes on pV diagrams)

√ 




b. Second law (including heat engines) 
√ 

III. 


Electricity and Magnetism ..................................... 
25% 
100% 

A. 

Electrostatics 
5% 
30% 


1. 
Charge and Coulomb’s law 
√ 
√ 


2. 
Electric field and electric potential (including point charges) 
√ 
√ 


3. 
Gauss’s law 

√ 


4. 
Fields and potentials of other charge distributions 

√ 

B. 

Conductors, capacitors, dielectrics 
4% 
14% 


1. 
Electrostatics with conductors 
√ 
√ 


2. 
Capacitors 





a. Capacitance 
√ 
√ 



b. Parallel plate 
√ 
√ 



c. Spherical and cylindrical 

√ 


3. 
Dielectrics 

√ 

C. 

Electric circuits 
7% 
20% 


1. 
Current, resistance, power 
√ 
√ 


2. 
Steadystate direct current circuits with batteries and resistors only 
√ 
√ 


3. 
Capacitors in circuits 





a. Steady state 
√ 
√ 



b. Transients in rc circuits 

√ 

D. 

Magnetic Fields 
4% 
20% 


1. 
Forces on moving charges in magnetic field 
√ 
√ 


2. 
Forces on currentcarrying wires in magnetic fields 
√ 
√ 


3. 
Fields of long currentcarrying wires 
√ 
√ 


4. 
Biot–Savart law and Ampere’s law 

√ 

E. 

Electromagnetism 
5% 
16% 


1. 
Electromagnetic induction (including Faraday’s law and Lenz’s law) 
√ 
√ 


2. 
Inductance (including lr and lc circuits) 

√ 


3. 
Maxwell’s equations 

√ 
IV. 


Waves and Optics ............................... 
15% 


A. 

Wave motion (including sound) 
5% 



1. 
Traveling waves 
√ 



2. 
Wave propagation 
√ 



3. 
Standing waves 
√ 



4. 
Superposition 
√ 


B. 

Physical optics 
5% 



1. 
Interference and diffraction 
√ 



2. 
Dispersion of light and the electromagnetic spectrum 
√ 


C. 

Geometric optics 
5% 



1. 
Reflection and refraction 
√ 



2. 
Mirrors 
√ 



3. 
Lenses 
√ 

V. 


Atomic and Nuclear Physics .......................................... 
10% 


A. 

Atomic physics and quantum effects 
7% 



1. 
Photons, the photoelectric effect, Compton scattering, xrays 
√ 



2. 
Atomic energy levels 
√ 



3. 
Waveparticle duality 
√ 


B. 

Nuclear physics 
3% 



1. 
Nuclear reactions (including conservation of mass number and charge) 
√ 



2. 
Mass–energy equivalence 
√ 
