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Cracking the AP Physics B Exam, 2014 Edition (College Test Preparation) Paperback – September 3, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-0804124225 ISBN-10: 0804124221

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Product Details

  • Series: College Test Preparation
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Review (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804124221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804124225
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 1.2 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #231,481 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Really helped prepare for the AP exam.
reddo54
The book is extremely thorough, and seems to cover each topic in AP Physics in moderate detail, as any good review book should.
C. Mueller
I used Cracking Chemistry and Cracking Physics, I can say these review guide worth you money and time.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Elmsaiy on May 13, 2008
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This book will easily get anyone who really understands it a 5 on the exam, especially if you can score well on the practice tests in the back. It's better for review, rather than learning. If you want an AP book that you can learn from, I suggest using 5 Steps to a 5. I never really understood electromagnetic induction or nuclear physics from my textbook, and this book was even worse for that, but 5 Steps to a 5 cleared up all my issues with those topics in about an hour. I think that this book is way better for review, though, mostly because the questions they ask at the end of each chapter are better and help your understanding of the concepts.

Don't be discouraged if you don't score well on the practice tests in the back, because the actual AP exam is much more conceptual and less calculation-based. But if you can do the Princeton Review tests, you'll have no problem with the real one. It's not overly difficult though, so don't let that discourage you from buying it.

Overall, this definitely gets a 5/5 for its explanations and for being so concise and on target regarding information the exam will test you on.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Steve on November 21, 2010
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Its alright, there are some errors that you have to catch yourself, sometimes its like they made it in a week and didn't bother to review the equations. The book does not explain much its expected that you automatically understand it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Mueller on June 18, 2012
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The book is extremely thorough, and seems to cover each topic in AP Physics in moderate detail, as any good review book should. I found this book was actually better-written than the textbook we used in class (Physics: An Incremental Development (Saxon Physics)) -- which, admittedly, is not a dedicated AP textbook. Other than that, the AP Physics B review book seems to be of the same high quality of every other Princeton Review book I've used: thorough, compact, and easy to understand. As a side note, the way the books are printed is especially nice for those of us who don't need another textbook to carry -- they're very light and easy to move around. Now, if only I could have found the time to read through all of it before the AP exam.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timmy on April 29, 2012
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Background: I slept through most of my AP Physics class. My teacher gave generous curves and lots of extra credit, so I was able to get an A with minimal work. About 3 weeks before the AP test I realized I was going to get a 2 if I didn't review.

I decided to buy this book, and received it promptly. I studied all the chapters I didn't remember well, and wished I had this earlier. The language is clear and presented in an easy to remember way. The practice tests were very accurate and pinpointed my weaknesses.

As a result of reading this book, I got a 4 while most of my friends with similar or slightly higher grades got 3's.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karlheinz Haas on February 4, 2013
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A comprehensive and targeted guide to the AP Physics exam. Excellent sample problems and detailed, step-by-step explanations make this one of the top choices for AP preparation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Winn Huynh on August 3, 2012
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This AP Review book for Physics B had more chapters than the usual Princeton Review books. It does a nice job covering all the topics that the AP Exam tests on, but it was a pain to sit and read through. I would suggest using this throughout the course instead of trying to cram every topic in two weeks. I found this book to be a great aid when it came to looking for multiple choice problems or free response questions, but rereading the content can be a very tedious experience. Overall, I suggest using this review book as a supplement to the textbook and not the opposite.

Try to learn the content from a textbook, and use this AP Review book for the example problems.

Thank you Princeton! :) I received a 5!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Omar Issa on April 3, 2014
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I'm taking the A-Level Physics, SAT Physics, and AP Physics B exam, and I can say that this book has helped me prepare for ALL of them. The End-of chapter questions really test your knowledge, and I'm very thankful that this book is very deep and conceptual. DO NOT BUY BARRON'S! It does nothing but give you the formulas, and the questions are the SAME ones they used in their SAT physics book. Buy Princeton Review, do the Practice tests in the back, and you'll be much closer to a 5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By julie gawrych on March 2, 2014
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It took a little longer to get to us then we had hoped, but it was a great price and when we did get the book it was brand new and exactly what we wanted. My daughter is using it evryday - saved us a bunch of money. I definitely suggest this route just plan ahead with the time factor, don't procrastinate.
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