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AP Physics 2 Class for Online High School Students

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Class Length
Full Year
# of credits
Either of these or a
comparable course:
AP Physics 1
And students should be
concurrently taking or have
completed this or a
similar course:
Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry
This class is a
Prerequisite for:
Electrical Circuit Diagram for Online High School Students to StudyTake high school AP Physics 2 online and earn 1 science credit toward your high school diploma. It's free for Wisconsin students!

AP Physics 2


AP® Physics 2 is an algebra-based course in general physics that covers topics outlined by the College Board and also mirrors an introductory level university physics course.

The content for the course is based on six Big Ideas that bring together the fundamental science principles and theories of general physics. These big ideas are intended to encourage students to think about physics concepts as interconnected pieces of a puzzle. The solution to the puzzle is how the real world around them actually works. The students will participate in inquiry-based explorations of these topics to gain a more conceptual understanding of these physics concepts. Students will spend less of their time in traditional formula-based learning and more of their effort will be directed to developing critical thinking and reasoning skills.

The specific topics covered in this course are:


  • Fluid Statics and Dynamics
  • Thermodynamics with Kinetic Theory
  • PV Diagrams and Probability
  • Electrostatics
  • Electrical Circuits with Capacitors


  • Magnetic Fields
  • Electromagnetism
  • Physical and Geometric Optics
  • Quantum, Atomic, and Nuclear Physics

Students will progress through the concepts by means of reading text, discussing with classmates, performing exploratory and inquiry-driven labs, solving word and numerical problems, and completing projects.  Student evaluation is done through quizzes, lab reports, student discussions, projects, and unit exams.

Learning Targets:

Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding that:

  1. Objects and systems have properties such as mass and charge and systems may have internal structure.
  2. Fields existing in space can be used to explain interactions.
  3. Interactions of an object with other objects can be described by forces and that those interactions can result in changes in those systems in accordance with conservation laws.
  4. Waves can transfer energy and momentum from one location to another without the permanent transfer of mass and serve as a mathematical model for the description of other phenomena.
  5. The mathematics of probability can be used to describe the behavior of complex systems and to interpret the behavior of quantum mechanical systems.

We also offer several other online AP science classes.

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This is a NCAA Certified Class

eAchieve Academy is an official NCAA-approved online instruction provider in Wisconsin and this online Advanced Placement Physics 2 class meets the NCAA core course requirements. To see the full list of NCAA-approved virtual high school courses offered by eAchieve Academy, visit the NCAA Eligibility Center (use school code #502388).

What you should know about AP Physics 2

Get your diploma while also getting college credit; yes, you read that right. The standard and honors online classes offered through eAchieve allow students the freedom of obtaining graduation credits anywhere, while the AP online classes allow students the opportunity to get credits towards their diploma and their future college degree.

Are AP Physics 2 classes hard?

Students are expected to keep up with learning targets and topics as they would an introductory physics course in college. Although AP coursework may be difficult, many of our students found the material to be a fun challenge, and beneficial towards their college careers.

Are AP Physics 2 Classes worth it?

The rigorous work involved in an AP course can be intimidating, but the benefits of taking an online AP course are worth it! In addition to gaining incredible knowledge, students will get college credit and college course experience to prepare them for future higher education courses.

How does AP Physics 2 work?

The course takes one full year to complete, and works much like a regular class except more in-depth. AP Physics 2 involves thorough analyses of complex scientific topics, with the written and communicative abilities to not only understand those topics but to question them as well. Students will take an AP Exam at the end of the semester to determine how much college credit they’ve earned.

Is AP Physics 2 necessary?

AP class are not necessary to graduate, but they are helpful in applying for college and staying debt-free. AP Physics 2, along with other AP course, prepares students for a future of further education in science, which standard courses just can’t match.

Can I take online AP Physics 2 online?

Absolutely! eAchieve offers an extensive collection of online AP classes for high school students to enroll in. Start your path today to further your knowledge, advance your credits, and prepare for college with courses offered at eAchieve.

How many AP classes should I take?

Research often helps students figure out how many AP classes they should take in a year, but someone’s ability to handle coursework changes year to year as that individual grows. Challenge yourself at first, but try not to overwhelm yourself with work, and go from there.

How does the weighted AP GPA work?

One of the many benefits of taking AP classes is that they count more towards your GPA than standard courses: which means that it is possible for students to achieve a GPA greater than 4.0! Many of our AP students see this as a safety net and a challenge to graduate with a 4.0+ (very impressive to colleges). 

How do I take AP classes outside of high school?

Start your path to online AP classes today to begin getting college credit, advance your knowledge, and prepare yourself for higher education with the courses offered at eAchieve all on your terms.

Which AP classes are best to take?

It depends on your goal – if you already have a career or field in mind, you can take AP classes to prepare for your college major. If there’s a subject you’re particularly interested in and the regular classes are too easy, the AP version of the class might be right for you.

What’s the difference between an AP Physics 2 and regular physics class?

AP classes cover more ground and have more classwork. Aside from the difficulty level, an important difference is AP classes can be a way to earn college credit in high school. Check out our complete guide to AP vs Honors vs regular classes.

Can homeschooled students take AP Physics 2 online?

Yes! Many eAchieve students are enrolled part-time, taking one or two online classes a month while still attending their homeschool or traditional public school. AP classes can be a big benefit for homeschooled students planning on college.

Is taking AP Physics 2 a good idea?

For many students it will be, for others perhaps not. AP classes have pros and cons to weigh, and you can also talk it over with a teacher or counselor to help you decide.

Which is harder – AP Physics 2 or a college physics class?

AP classes and introductory level college classes are about the same level of difficulty. Other things can influence how hard a class seems, like your teacher, familiarity with the subject, and class size.

Do colleges like to see AP classes?

In general colleges like to see AP classes on a transcript, but it’s not the only thing being considered. If you just take AP classes without earning good grades and exam scores, it won’t be as impressive.

Will taking AP Physics 2 with other AP classes be overwhelming?

There’s certainly potential for overwhelm! Managing multiple AP classes can be very challenging. Developing your organizational and time-management skills in high school can be valuable preparation for higher education.

Which is better: AP classes or dual enrollment?

Both approaches are a good way to push yourself if regular high school classes are too easy for you. Many colleges see AP credits and dual enrollment differently, so if you’ve got your heart set on a particular university you should find out their policy.

Switch to online classes with eAchieve Academy to start your education path today!


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Our AP Physics 2 online course is FREE for Wisconsin residents under 21.
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