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# AP® Physics 1 Exam revision 2025-2026

## AP® Physics 1 Exam revision 2025-2026

AP® Physics 1 is an algebra-based introductory college-level physics course. It focuses on building a strong foundation in mechanics.

At IITian Academy you will be having access for AP® Physics 1 Exam Style Question, Study Notes, Past Papers and Mock Tests are as per New Syllabus 2025.

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Key Topics in AP® Physics 1

• Kinematics: Describing motion with position, velocity, and acceleration.
• Force and Translational Dynamics: Understanding the relationship between forces and motion (Newton’s Laws).
• Work, Energy, and Power: Analyzing energy transformations and the concept of power.
• Rotational  Motion: Rotational Motion, Torque , Momentum and Energy
• Systems of Particles and Linear Momentum: Studying the motion of multiple objects and the conservation of momentum.
• Oscillations and Waves: Investigating periodic motion and the nature of waves.
• Fluids: Pressure , density and Conservation laws

IITianAcademy provide thousands of Exam Style practice Questions for both MCQs and FRQs. Subjects covered are

• AP Physics 1
• AP Physics 2
• AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
• AP Physics C: Mechanics
• AP Biology
• AP Chemistry
• AP Calculus AB
• AP Calculus BC
• AP Statatistics

## AP Physics 1

### Course Changes

• 8 units—an increase from 7.
• Fluids (previously Unit 1 of AP Physics 2) is now Unit 8 of AP Physics 1.
• Adding connections between rotational and translational motion.
• Adding specific learning objectives referencing power.
• Adding equations of motion for objects in simple harmonic motion.
• Uncoupling specific science practices from specific learning objectives. In the revised course framework, any learning objective can be tested with any science practice, which allows a greater range of questions to be written to the new framework.

• 40 multiple-choice questions (MCQs)—a decrease from 50 MCQs.
• Removing multiselect questions.
• Decreasing Section I (MCQs) time from 90 to 80 minutes.
• 4 free-response questions (FRQs)—a decrease from 5 FRQs.
• All 4 FRQs are new question types:
• Mathematical routines
• Translation between representations
• Experimental design and analysis
• Qualitative/quantitative translation
• Increasing Section II (FRQs) time from 90 to 100 minutes.

## AP Physics 2

### Course Changes

• Fluids are no longer part of AP Physics 2 and have moved to AP Physics 1, as Unit 8.
• Including a full treatment of waves (mechanical waves, standing waves, sound waves, and the Doppler effect), which was previously covered in AP Physics 1.
• The previous AP Physics 2 Unit 6: Geometric and Physical Optics is now two separate units: Geometric Optics (Unit 13) and Waves, Sound, and Physical Optics (Unit 14).
• Renumbering the AP Physics 2 units beginning at 9, sequent to the 8 units of AP Physics 1.
• Including a more comprehensive treatment of circuits.
• Including topics about blackbody radiation (which connects thermodynamics and modern physics) and Compton scattering.
• Uncoupling specific science practices from specific learning objectives. In the revised course framework, any learning objective can be tested with any science practice, which allows a greater range of questions to be written to the new framework.

• 40 MCQs—a decrease from 50 MCQs.
• Removing multiselect questions.
• Decreasing Section I (MCQs) time from 90 to 80 minutes.
• All 4 FRQs are new question types:
• Mathematical routines
• Translation between representations
• Experimental design and analysis
• Qualitative/quantitative translation
• Increasing Section II (FRQs) time from 90 to 100 minutes.

## AP Physics C: Mechanics

### Course Changes

Even though there were no major content changes, the course framework received the following revisions parallel to AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2:

• Making language consistent across all 4 courses where appropriate. For example, the AP Physics C: Mechanics learning objective for Newton’s third law now uses the same language as AP Physics 1.
• More clearly defining the scope and depth of certain topics that are assessed on the exams, such as gravitational forces within an extended mass and physical pendulums.
• Stronger alignment between the essential knowledge statements, the learning objectives, and the science practices.

• 40 MCQs—an increase from 35 MCQs.
• Increasing Section I (MCQs) time from 45 to 80 minutes.
• Changing all MCQs from 5 options to 4.
• 4 FRQs—an increase from 3 FRQs.
• All 4 FRQs are new question types:
• Mathematical routines
• Translation between representations
• Experimental design and analysis
• Qualitative/quantitative translation
• Increasing Section II (FRQs) time from 45 to 100 minutes.
• Extending the format and timing to a full exam session.
• The exam no longer shares the same session in the exam schedule as AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism.

## AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism

### Course Changes

Even though there were no major content changes, the course framework received the following revisions parallel to AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2:

• Making language consistent across all 4 courses where appropriate. For example, the AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism learning objective for Ohm’s law now uses the same language as AP Physics 2.
• Adding language to clearly define the scope and depth of certain topics, such as the definition and properties of dielectrics and descriptions of LC Circuits to be assessed on the exams.
• Stronger alignment between the essential knowledge statements, the learning objectives, and the science practices.
• Renumbering the units beginning at 8, sequent to the 7 units of AP Physics C: Mechanics.

• 40 MCQs—an increase from 35 MCQs.
• Increasing Section I (MCQs) time from 45 to 80 minutes.
• Changing all MCQs from 5 options to 4.
• 4 FRQs—an increase from 3 FRQs.
• All 4 FRQs are new question types:
• Mathematical routines
• Translation between representations
• Experimental design and analysis
• Qualitative/quantitative translation
• Increasing Section II (FRQs) time from 45 to 100 minutes.
• Extending the format and timing to a full exam session.
• The exam no longer shares the same session in the exam schedule as AP Physics C: Mechanics.

Basically, they are advanced classes that prepare you for an test in that subject, and many colleges accept passing that test as being equal to an introductory college course in the subject.

So if you are planning on going to college, taking AP classes and successfully passing the AP Test in that subject can give you a head start on your college education.

The benefit of taking the AP exams is to potentially earn college credit, thus saving your time and money in college.

Generally, a 70 to 75 percent out of 100 translates to a 5. However, there are some exams that are exceptions to this. The AP Grades that are reported to students, high schools, colleges, and universities in July are on AP’s five-point scale:

• 5: Extremely well qualified
• 4: Very well qualified
• 3: Qualified
• 2: Possibly qualified
• 1: No recommendation
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