AP Physics B: Example Textbook List
The list below represents examples of textbooks that meet the curricular requirements of AP Physics B. The list below is not exhaustive and the texts listed should not be regarded as endorsed, authorized, recommended, or approved by the College Board. Not using a book from this list does not mean that a course will not receive authorization. Syllabi submitted as part of the AP Course Audit process will be evaluated holistically, with textbooks considered along with supplementary, supporting resources to confirm that the course as a whole provides students with the content delineated in the curricular requirements of the AP Course Audit.
The specified editions of the following textbooks meet the AP Physics B AP Course Audit curricular requirements. Earlier editions of these texts or other textbooks not listed here may meet the AP Course Audit curricular requirements if supplemented with appropriate college-level instructional resources. For discussions regarding the usefulness of these texts and other teaching materials in the AP Physics B classroom, please consult the Teachers' Resources section of AP Central.
Cutnell, John D. and Kenneth Johnson. Physics. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Giambatista, A., Richardson, B. and Richardson, R.C. College Physics. Boston, MA: McGraw-Hill.
Giancoli, D.C. Physics: Principles with Applications. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Hecht, E. and Shi, J. Physics: Algebra/Trig. Pacific Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole.
Knight, R. College Physics: A Strategic Approach. Boston, MA: Addison-Wesley/Pearson.
Serway, R. A., Faugh, J. and Vuielle, C. College Physics. Boston, MA: Cengage Wodsworth.
Walker, J.S. Physics. Volumes 1 and 2. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Wilson, J. and Buffa, A. College Physics. San Francisco, CA: Addison-Wesley.