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ltrupes
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I am taking honors precalculus ab this year at school. Should I self study ap calculus ab this year or should I wait till next year and take ap calculus bc at school?

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## Replies to: Ap calculus

152Junior Member938MemberJust wait until next year and take AP Calculus BC. There's no point really in self-studying AB if you're taking the BC next year. That's essentially like taking the same class all over again.

152Junior Member2,618Senior Member3New Member938MemberThe way it's

supposedto be done is after precalculus (or the equivalent level of math) you have the choice of enrolling in either AB or BC depending on how strong of a math student you are. Typically, AB is supposed to be for seniors or kids who are done with high school math who are pretty good but not necessarily outstanding at math. BC is supposed to be for kids who are great at math and can run through the material quicker. BC teaches you both AB material and some extra topics.However, some high schools felt that AP Calculus BC is too difficult a class for students to take in one year, so they stretch out the one year of college calculus into two years of high school calculus. So some schools require AB as a prerequisite for BC, that way the students have more time to absorb calculus.

For more information you can look at the course description for AP Calculus.

http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/repository/ap-calculus-course-description.pdf

AP Calculus AB includes the topics of functions & limits, derivatives, and integrals. AP Calculus BC includes all the topics of AP Calculus AB along with polynomial approximations and series. Also note that the prerequisites for AB and BC are exactly the same. You do not need to have any AB knowledge before going into BC.

Don't get me wrong - if you want to study AB, go for it - it definitely will help you. Just know that it's not necessary to do because BC goes over all the AB topics for you.