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AP Calculus BC and AB

ECUQUI1ECUQUI1 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
edited February 2013 in AP Tests Preparation
I am a freshman this year in high school and must make my course selections now. These selections will influence my future math class choices between AP calc AB and BC. My teacher recommended me for Honors PreCalculus, which at my school is a preparation for Calc BC, but based on my other classes I was thinking about only taking Precalculus Plus (Calc AB prep.) In the future I want to be a geologist so I want to know if this will hinder my ability to excel in my field if I only take AB. Also, if I take AB i will still have senior year to take BC. Would that make sense? My schedule right now for next year is
1) AP Government (full year)
2) AP Spanish Language and Culture (I already speak Spanish)
3) Honors English 10
4) Honors Biology
5)AP Chemistry (Double Period)
6) Honors PreCalculus (or Precalculus with AB prep)

It already seems fairly cramped for Sophomore year without the precal so I was just wondering if you had any suggestions.

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Replies to: AP Calculus BC and AB

  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 73,700 Senior Member
    You are two years ahead of normal schedule in math, so why would you not take the highest honors level of math? Students two years ahead of normal schedule in math are typically the top students in math and find math their best subject.

    Being able to complete BC as a junior in high school (instead of taking AB as a junior and BC as a senior) gives you extra space for an elective in senior year, or you can take college sophomore math (multivariable calculus, linear algebra, and differential equations) at a local college.

    Geology / geophysics majors will typically need calculus and college sophomore math. It is not required to have had calculus going in, but being able to start college in a more advanced math course than the usual freshman calculus will free up college schedule space for more free electives (but it is advisable to check the college's old final exams of any introductory courses you may skip).

    At most colleges, AB = first semester freshman calculus, and BC = first and second semester freshman calculus.
  • ECUQUI1ECUQUI1 Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Thank you so much for your help! I think I will do the honors one.
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