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Every AP Physics 1 FRQ Sorted by Topic

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Below is every single AP Physics 1 FRQ from 2015-2024 sorted by topic. AP Physics C students can also use these FRQs

Overview

FRQs are free response questions. You will need to complete 5 FRQ questions in 90 minutes on the AP Physics 1 exam. This post should help you better sort through FRQs to get the practice you need!

NOTE: Most questions have multiple topics in it so some FRQs may be in multiple topic lists.

Here are all the links to college board AP Physics 1 FRQs and solutions.

(A) Unit 1 Kinematics

  • 2023 Q2 – Experimental design, cart on ramp, linearization.
  • 2021 Q1 – Biker jump, motion graph.
  • 2015 Q4 – Linear kinematics, motion graphs.

(B) Unit 2 Dynamics, forces

  • 2023 Q2 – Experimental design, cart on ramp, linearization.
  • 2023 Q3 – Spring, circular motion, FBD.
  • 2021 Q2 – Experimental design, dynamics, rod width vs stretch.
  • 2019 Q2 – Atwood machine, FBD, Kinematics.
  • 2017 Q2 – Experimental design, friction coefficient.
  • 2016 Q3 – Bumpy incline, motion graphs.
  • 2015 Q1 – 3 block pulley system. Atwood machine

(C) Unit 3 Circular Motion and Gravitation

  • 2023 Q3 – Spinning block, FBDs, tangential speed.
  • 2022 Q2 – Two orbiting moons, gravitation, circular motion.
  • 2018 Q1 – Orbiting spacecraft, circular motion.

(D) Unit 4 Energy

  • 2023 Q1 – Horizontal spring, block on cart collision, harmonic motion, energy graphs.
  • 2023 Q5 – Spinning rod, energy, torque.
  • 2022 Q1 – Pulley, spring, energy bar chart.
  • 2022 Q3 – Experimental design, hanging block pulley, energy graphs.
  • 2022 Q5 – Vertical spring, motion graphs, energy.
  • 2021 Q1 – Biker jump, projectile, motion graph.
  • 2021 Q4 – Rolling cylinder, sliding block, energy.
  • 2019 Q1 – Spring, block, friction.
  • 2019 Q3 – Experimental design, spring launcher, projectile.
  • 2017 Q4 – Ramp energy, projectile motion.
  • 2016 Q2 – Energy, elastic collision.
  • 2015 Q3 – Springs, friction, energy graph.

(E) Unit 5 Momentum

  • 2023 Q4 – Wheel vs disk pulley, angular momentum.
  • 2022 Q4 – Clay vs ball collision, velocity of center of mass, projectile.
  • 2021 Q3 – Impulse, momentum, disk collision.
  • 2019 Q1 – Collisions, velocity of center of mass, motion graph.
  • 2017 Q3 – Ball and rod collision, angular momentum.
  • 2016 Q2 – Experimental design, bouncy ball.

(F) Unit 6 Rotation

  • 2024 Q4 – Mass on pulley, Newton’s law of rotation.
  • 2023 Q5 – Spinning rod, energy, torque.
  • 2023 Q4 – Wheel vs disk pulley, angular momentum.
  • 2022 Q3 – Experimental design, hanging block pulley, energy graphs.
  • 2021 Q5 – Pulley with mass, motion graph.
  • 2021 Q4 – Rolling cylinder, sliding block, energy.
  • 2019 Q1 – Linear vs rotational motion, friction.
  • 2018 Q3 – Rotating disk, frictional torque, motion graphs.
  • 2017 Q3 – Disk-bar collision, momentum.
  • 2016 Q1 – Rolling wheel, sliding block, rotational energy.

(G) Unit 7 Simple Harmonic Motion

  • 2023 Q1 – Horizontal spring, block on cart collision, harmonic motion, energy graphs.
  • 2022 Q5 – Vertical spring, motion graphs, energy.
  • 2018 Q5 – Two block collision on a spring.
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Units in AP Physics 1

Unit 1 – Linear Kinematics

Unit 2 – Linear Forces

Unit 3 – Circular Motion

Unit 4 – Energy 

Unit 5 – Momentum 

Unit 6 – Torque 

Unit 7 – Oscillations 

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