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Episteme
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How hard is it to self-study Physics C: Mechanics as a sophomore? I will also be taking Calculus BC in school. How much calculus is needed for Physics C? And would it be possible to start self-study (~7 hours a week) sometime in December after I know enough calculus?

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## Replies to: Physics C: Mechanics as Sophomore

938MemberHave you had any physics background? I would not recommend self-studying the class unless you have at least a little bit of a physics background, unless you have a LOT of time to kill.

298Junior Member2,618Senior Member298Junior Member2,118Senior Member152Junior Member938Member151Junior Member5,015Senior Member298Junior Member151Junior Member292Junior MemberAnd self-studying BC, assuming you're comfortable with AB, should be a fairly easy task.

298Junior Member@Kyrix1: Most students in my school who get A's in Honors Precalculus take BC, and they end up doing fine. The teacher for the course is also one of the best I will ever have for any subject, so I don't think I should have a problem with learning the material.

62,211Senior MemberWhy? When I went to high school, students who completed precalculus before senior year in high school (i.e. students who were good at math) took calculus BC (calculus AB is a subset of calculus BC, so it is included). It was assumed that they were at least as capable as average college freshmen in handling calculus at college or BC pace, rather than needing to take it at the slower AB pace.

A student taking calculus as a sophomore in high school should be considered a top student in math and should not need to slow-pace calculus by taking AB.

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