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Ammadsh54
Posts: **101**Registered User Junior Member

Hello,

I've been planning to take AP Calculus BC and AP Physics B without taking Calculus or Physics. I have done Honors Precalculus/Trig for AP Calculus BC already, though. So how challenging are the courses and is it reasonably possible to do these courses without prior studying?

My courses that I have planned out for next year (senior year):

AP Calculus BC

AP Biology

AP Spanish

UCONN English

Either AP or Honors Physics.

Any general comments that you guys may have? I do feel I am a very capable student if that is a determining factor.

I do, actually, plan on doing a bit of summer preparation for AP Calculus BC and AP Physics...my question, I suppose, is would that be enough?

Thanks.

I've been planning to take AP Calculus BC and AP Physics B without taking Calculus or Physics. I have done Honors Precalculus/Trig for AP Calculus BC already, though. So how challenging are the courses and is it reasonably possible to do these courses without prior studying?

My courses that I have planned out for next year (senior year):

AP Calculus BC

AP Biology

AP Spanish

UCONN English

Either AP or Honors Physics.

Any general comments that you guys may have? I do feel I am a very capable student if that is a determining factor.

I do, actually, plan on doing a bit of summer preparation for AP Calculus BC and AP Physics...my question, I suppose, is would that be enough?

Thanks.

Post edited by Ammadsh54 on

## Replies to: Looking for comments on taking AP Calculus BC and AP Physics

101Registered User Junior Member1,428Registered User Senior MemberHe also did AP Calc AB the same year and was ok, AP Calc BC in our school is very tough, its 3 months of BC and then the rest is Multi variable which moves at a very fast pace. He is finding it a bit challenging now because the teacher just does not explain the material.

If your school allows BC without having AB as a pre req then maybe it is not that hard. As you said if you prepare in the summer you will be fine if like Math. My son likes math but does no prep and no reviews. It is good to push yourself if you are willing to put in the effort.

448Registered User Member613Registered User MemberI would say that not having Calc experience is ok for Calc BC, but you need to be fairly comfortable with it for Electricity and Magnetism. I took a course in Multivariable Calculus before I took the AP test so I can't really say how difficult it would be with just learning Calc.

As for not knowing physics before taking it, that would probably be an issue unless you are very comfortable with math and have a very good approach to word problems (being able to tear apart a complex mechanics problem into smaller parts, etc...).

So, if you are a natural at math and science, go for it. Try your hardest and you should get A's in the classes and 5s on the tests. Otherwise I would talk to your teachers and see what they recommend.

Edit: If you are taking AP Physics B, I don't think there is any Calc involved in it, so you probably will be fine without prior Physics knowledge. With that in mind I would say go for it, unless you aren't that comfortable with math.

285Registered User Junior Member646Registered User Member