I m going to be a freshman in fall 2007. Im currently signed up for PHY 2048 and PHY 2048L (Physics with Calc 1, has mostly mechanics), but the thing is, I took both AP Physics C exams late this year, and just signed up for PHY 2048 in case my AP scores didnt work out. I told my Preview advisor I would consider switching to PHY 2049 if I had the appropriate grade to do so.
I got all my scores back this Monday, and I got 5s on both parts of Physics C, which means I could skip both PHY 2048 and PHY 2049 if I wanted to. Ive decided not to skip PHY 2049 because I feel that my knowledge on electricity is a bit rusty, and taking those labs would further my understanding of the subject matter.
The question is, whats the difference between PHY 2048 and AP Physics C: Mechanics? Would it be wise to skip this course and sign up for PHY 2049 considering that for engineering/physics majors its a critical tracking course? The thing is, if the material is too easy, I wouldnt bother taking it because I always take a challenging courseload to push myself to my limits. That and if I take a ridiculously easy class I would get so bored and fall asleep and I dont want that because Im at school to learn not doze off. If it helps, I also took AP Physics B this year and got a 5 on that too, so Im comfortable with stuff like fluid mechanics, optics, sound, and thermodynamics. As for my major, right now its probably gonna be math/physics but I might go into engineering as well.