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The accompanying Table of Information and Equation Tables will be provided to students when
they take the AP Physics Exams. Therefore, students may NOT bring their own copies of these
tables to the exam room, although they may use them throughout the year in their classes in
order to become familiar with their content.
Table of Information
For both the Physics B and Physics C Exams, the Table of Information is printed near the front
cover of the multiplechoice section and on the green insert provided with the freeresponse
section. The tables are identical for both exams except for one convention as noted.
Equation Tables
For both the Physics B and Physics C Exams, the equation tables for each exam are printed only
on the green insert
provided with the freeresponse section. The equation tables may be used by
students when taking the freeresponse sections of both exams but NOT when taking the
multiplechoice sections.
The equations in the tables express the relationships that are encountered most frequently in
AP Physics courses and exams. However, the tables do not include all equations that might
possibly be used. For example, they do not include many equations that can be derived by
combining other equations in the tables. Nor do they include equations that are simply special
cases of any that are in the tables
.
Students are responsible for understanding the physical
principles that underlie each equation and for knowing the conditions for which each equation is
applicable.
The equation tables are grouped in sections according to the major content category in which
they appear. Within each section, the symbols used for the variables in that section are defined.
However, in some cases the same symbol is used to represent different quantities in different
tables. It should be noted that there is no uniform convention among textbooks for the symbols
used in writing equations. The equation tables follow many common conventions, but in some
cases consistency was sacrificed for the sake of clarity.
Some explanations about notation used in the equation tables:
1.
The symbols used for physical constants are the same as those in the Table of
Information and are defined in the Table of Information rather than in the righthand
columns of the tables.
2.
Symbols in bold face represent vector quantities.
3.
Subscripts on symbols in the equations are used to represent special cases of the
variables defined in the righthand columns.
4.
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 Spring '08
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