AP® Physics 2 - Algebra Based

This summer we will be having fun as we dive into the new redesigned AP Physics 2 course.

The goals of the four-day session are to assist participants with:

The course goals are for each participant to have:

  • Awareness of the redesigned course mindset and requirements
  • Understanding of the new exam format
  • Practical methods for utilizing physics education research instructional strategies
  • Hands on experience with guided inquiry labs
  • Self-confidence in the topics of the courses

Participants should bring the following:

  1. A good attitude and readiness to participate in a collaborative environment
  2. Laptop (These will be used during the institute!)
  3. Calculator
  4. A method for taking notes

Course Outline (Subject to Change):

Navigating the new AP Physics Curriculum Framework

  • Learning Objectives
  • What does the College Board expect

What will the AP Physics 2 exam look like? (What my students have to know and do.)

  • A walk through multiple choice including the new multiple correct questions
  • The three types of free response and what each requires of scholars
  • Scientific Argumentation

Mapping out your AP Physics 2 course

  • Instructional Planning and Scheduling
  • Laboratory Experiences

AP Physics Course Audit 

Physics Education Research Instructional Strategies

AP Physics Laboratory Experiences

  • Moving from Traditional to Guided Inquiry Labs
  • Inquiry Lab Investigations in AP Physics 2
  • Student Designed Labs

Specific topics in AP Physics 2

  • Fluids
  • Thermodynamics and Gases
  • Static Electricity, Fields and Potentials
  • Circuits
  • Magnetism and Electromagnetic Induction
  • Wave Interference and Optics
  • Topics in Modern Physics


Chris Bruhn Chris was an aerospace engineer with Bell Helicopter before becoming a teacher. He taught 10 years as a physics teacher at L.D. Bell High School in Hurst, TX, where he was teacher of the year, and 10 more as Lead AP Physics Teacher for Dallas ISD, where he was the recipient of the O’Donnell Texas AP Teacher Award. Before joining Haltom High School, Chris was as a Regional Director at the National Math and Science Initiative. Chris is the author of two McGraw Hill books: "5 Steps to a 5 - AP Physics 2" and “500 AP Physics 2 Questions to know by test day”.