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Welcome to the AP® Physics test preparation hub! Find information about free online courses, sample tests, online support forums and much more provided by the College Board, high schools, and top universities and institutions. Online AP® course preparation combined with classroom learning will help you achieve your best scores on the AP® Physics exams.

What’s here:

  • Online AP® Physics test preparation courses from top universities and institutions available on edX
  • Links to AP® Physics exam details and information from the College Board
  • Links to download AP® Physics equation sheets
  • Discussion groups and additional resources
  • Supporting courses

AP® Physics Exam Preparation Courses

Get ready for your exams with some outstanding prep courses from top universities and institutions. All courses are online and available for free with new ones starting throughout the year.

Rice University has developed an outstanding series of courses to prepare students for the AP® Physics 1 and 2 exams and the first one starts on September 8th, 2015. Courses are designed to give students a deep understanding of all topics in physics as well as an understanding of the AP® Physics exam and the types of questions that will be presented. Review sample multiple choice and free response questions, watch step-by-step tutorial videos, collaborate in online study forums and learn from expert physics teachers and Rice University professors. All courses are free and students are strongly encouraged to take these courses to accompany their in-class instruction.

Davidson Next has put together an exceptional online course and study guide that focuses on the most difficult topics of AP® Physics 1 & 2. Gain a clear understanding of acceleration, momentum, rotational motion and much more with instructional videos, practice problems and exam-style questions. This course is designed to be taken with your classroom AP® Physics course but can also be taken independently.

Weston High School offers a short online course to prepare for the AP® Physics C: Mechanics exam. The 10-15 hour course covers algebra and trigonometry for advanced mechanics as well as the kinematics of motion and Newton’s laws.

Georgetown University offers an in-depth online course in introductory electricity and magnetism using calculus. Learn electrostatics, conductors, capacitors, dielectrics, magnetic fields and more in this 8-week free online course.

Select from the full list of free online AP Physics courses below to learn more and enroll.

Note that you can still enroll even if the start date has passed. Course materials and lectures will remain online.


AP® Physics 1
Boston University
Starts: September 8, 2015

This comprehensive test prep course runs September through May and is designed to take alongside the high school AP® Physics course. Students are expected to spend approximately 6 hours per week watching video instruction, participating in online labs and answering practice questions similar to what will be found on the actual exam.

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Preparing for the AP® Physics 1 Exam – Part 1: Linear Motion
Rice University
Starts: September 8, 2015

The first in a 4-part series from Rice University, this course is a comprehensive review of kinematics, Newtonian mechanics, work, energy, motion & momentum. Includes a free textbook.

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Preparing for the AP® Physics 1 Exam – Part 2: Rotational Motion
Rice University
Starts: November 3, 2015

Learn about circular motion, rotational kinematics, angular momentum, harmonic motion and more. Includes a free textbook.

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Preparing for the AP® Physics 1 Exam- Part 3: Electricity & Waves
Rice University
Starts: February 2, 2016

Learn about microscopic and macroscopic matter, electric forces, electric fields, circuits and more. Includes a free textbook.

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Preparing for the AP® Physics 1 Exam- Part 4: Exam Prep
Rice University
Starts: March 29, 2016

Learn strategies for answering multiple choice and free response AP® questions and review concepts and topics from the previous courses in the series.

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AP® Physics 2- Part 1: Fluids and Thermodynamics
Rice University
Starts: September 15, 2015

Explore thermodynamic processes, conservation laws and participate in lab investigations and discussions.

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AP® Physics 2- Part 2: Electricity and Magnetism
Rice University
Starts: TBA (Enroll now in a self-paced, archived version of the course)

In-depth course in electromagnetic induction, electricity, magnetism and more.

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AP® Physics 2 – Part 3: Optics and Modern Physics
Rice University
Starts: TBA (Enroll now in a self-paced, archived version of the course)

Understand geometric optics, light, modern physics and energy transfer.

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AP® Physics 2 – Part 4: Exam Review
Rice University
Starts: TBA (Enroll now in a self-paced, archived version of the course)

Review topics from previous courses in the series and answer practice multiple choice and free response test questions.

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AP® Physics: Challenging Concepts from Physics 1 & Physics 2
Davidson Now
Starts: Self-paced, enroll now

Cover 14 of the most difficult physics exam components including electromagnetic induction, thermodynamics, infraction and interference. This self-paced course offers a thorough review of key concepts for the test.

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On-Ramp to AP® Physics C: Mechanics
Weston High School
Starts: Self-paced, enroll now

Gear up for the AP® Physics: Mechanics with this short course designed for students that have taken a high school physics class and are preparing for the AP-level course.

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Preparing for the AP® Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism Exam
Georgetown University
Starts: TBA (Enroll now in a self-paced, archived version of the course)

Learn from experiments and research conducted by faculty at Georgetown University. This course is now self-paced with all video lectures and course materials available online.

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Get the Latest College Board Exam Information

Learn about each of the AP® Physics exams along with details on exam dates, exam practice tips, exam fees and calculator policies on the College Board website.

AP® Physics 1: Motion, Mechanical Waves, Electricity, Sound (Algebra-Based)

AP® Physics 2: Statics, Thermodynamics, Kinetics, Quantum Mechanics, Nuclear Physics (Algebra-Based)

AP® Physics C: Mechanics (Calculus-Based)

AP® Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism (Calculus-Based)

Download the AP® Physics Equation Sheets

The College Board provides the following equation sheets for the AP® Physics exams. Note that these will be provided at the exams. Students are not allowed to bring in their own printed equation sheets.

AP® Physics 1 Equations

AP® Physics 2 Equations

AP® Physics C Equations

Online AP® Physics Discussion Groups and Additional Resources

Collegeconfidential.com has an active AP® science discussion board where you can ask questions and interact with other students preparing for the exams. Learnerator has fun and challenging online multiple choice tests designed by educators to help you learn key concepts for each of the physics tests.

College Confidential AP® Sciences Discussion Board

Learnerator for AP® Physics 1 & 2

Learnerator for AP® Physics C: Mechanics

Learnerator for AP® Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism

Supporting Courses

Knowledge of algebra and calculus are required for successful completion of the AP® Physics courses. The following free online math courses can help you prepare for AP® science courses.

Introduction to Algebra
SchoolYourself
Starts: Self-Paced, Enroll Now

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College Algebra and Problem Solving
Arizona State University
Starts: March 14, 2016

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Pre-University Calculus
Delft University
Starts: July 14, 2015 (Enrollment is open)

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On-Ramp to AP® Calculus
Weston High School
Starts: Self-Paced, Enroll Now

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AP® Calculus: Challenging Concepts from Calculus AB & Calculus BC
Davidson Next
Starts: Self-Paced, Enroll Now

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