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How hard is AP Physics B?..

xpaulinabearxxpaulinabearx Posts: 167Registered User Junior Member
edited March 2011 in High School Life
I have to turn in my schedule for my senior year in a couple of weeks..and i'm not sure what science class I should sign up for...how hard is ap physics b?? I'm going to be in pre-calc next year (horrible at math) so i'm not sure if i should took ap physics or just regular...if i take regular physics.. i'm only going to have 2 AP classes (AP Lit and AP Gov/Econ) if I take regular phyics. Do you think 2 AP classes would be enough for my senior year? (Out of 5 classes).
Thanks :}
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Replies to: How hard is AP Physics B?..

  • xpaulinabearxxpaulinabearx Posts: 167Registered User Junior Member
    bumpppppp!?
  • davidthefatdavidthefat Posts: 1,521Registered User Senior Member
    I am taking AP Physics, it is not hard per se, but I have been getting not so good grades in that class. It is all algebra and trig concepts, so you are good on that part... Just do your homework and understand the concepts and know how to derive the equation. Don't just memorize them...
  • ghuskiesghuskies Posts: 604Registered User Member
    Is the math hard at all?
  • xpaulinabearxxpaulinabearx Posts: 167Registered User Junior Member
    Alright thanks! Yeah so AP Physics B ISN'T calc based right? :D
    Idk one of my friends is in the class right now, and she said the math is confusing at first, but it get's easier if you just keep solving practice problems..haha. Whatever, i'm just going to take it for the hell of it.
  • ghuskiesghuskies Posts: 604Registered User Member
    Correct! :) Thank god....I hate calculus and I will have to take calc bc next year but I'm not the best at calc. cool.

    I'm taking AP physics just because we don't have honors and I don't want to take regular with the slackers haha. We can help each other if needed next year!
  • davidthefatdavidthefat Posts: 1,521Registered User Senior Member
    ONE WORD OF WARNING:

    Do your homework. Do not be like me trying to put all the equations in my calculator trying to just use it on the fly. Half the time, I forget which variable is which. It is not good.
  • xpaulinabearxxpaulinabearx Posts: 167Registered User Junior Member
    Yeah! I'm pretty sure i'm going to be really lost..haha..but we can help each other, lol.

    I'll keep that in mind..the same thing has been happening to me in AP Bio..I try to cram all the info the day before the test...not good
  • ghuskiesghuskies Posts: 604Registered User Member
    Thanks davidthefat.
  • RobertD1RobertD1 Posts: 49Registered User Junior Member
    If you've never taken phys before, it can be challenging. But once you get into it, it gets much easier, and with a little practice, it's pretty easy to tell which equations to use. Anyways, you'll pretty much have them memorized from repetative usage. However, ap b does cover E&M, a topic that is quite challening for most people, myself included.

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  • jesskiddingjesskidding Posts: 669Registered User Member
    It was really challenging for me since I took it as a sophomore. It's moderately hard from what my friends say, but as davidthefat said, you HAVE TO DO YOUR HOMEWORK.
  • xpaulinabearxxpaulinabearx Posts: 167Registered User Junior Member
    On a scale of 1-10...what would you guys rate this class as? (10 being the hardest) lol.
  • RobertD1RobertD1 Posts: 49Registered User Junior Member
    @jesskidding: hey I also took it sophomore year :D, it was probably my hardest class that year. But now, AP Phys C Mech is a joke since Phys B already covered like 80% of the stuff and it's easy to grasp the other stuff.

    Anyways, I agree that actually doing the homework would make a big difference.
    Doing HW: 7-8 initially and then probably 3-4
    Not Doing HW: 7 all the way through.

    Only like two people in my class last year got 5's. We did have a pretty large amount of 4's though. Of course, everyone who got 4's were hella slackers... e.g. myself.
  • ghuskiesghuskies Posts: 604Registered User Member
    A 4 is more than fine with me! Haha I doubt it will be of use to me as I want to be an econ/finance type major


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  • RobertD1RobertD1 Posts: 49Registered User Junior Member
    Hey ghuskies, I'm just curious, what part of Washington are you from (I'm assuming you live in Washington)? I'm from Bellevue.
  • ghuskiesghuskies Posts: 604Registered User Member
    I live like 30 minutes from Portland! I'm in love with Seattle, wish I lived up north. Are you going to college next year? UW??


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