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Dropping AP Physics C

5minutes5minutes 101 replies50 threads Junior Member
edited October 2013 in AP Tests Preparation
I'm a junior this year taking AP Bio, AP English Lang, APUSH, and AP Physics C Mech and E&M (so 5 APs) plus Multivariable Calculus outside school as a college course. I plan on self studying AP Macro/Microecon this year on my own out of interest. Okay, so here's the thing: I HATE physics. I am terrible at physics, and I'm definitely not going to major in Engineering, or anything involving physics (I'm thinking I want to go into economics). So I'm thinking about dropping both Physics C classes and replacing them with a study period and AP Psychology...would colleges see my schedule as too humanities-oriented? I also am planning on taking Linear Algebra once Multivariable finishes in December...thoughts? Should I just stick through with Physics? I know I will have a lot of trouble in the class, just trying to decide if it's worth it or not.
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  • 5minutes5minutes 101 replies50 threads Junior Member
    bump 10char?
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  • MITer94MITer94 4728 replies19 threads Senior Member
    It's perfectly fine if you drop Physics C. I personally enjoyed Physics C, although it's not very easy and physics is not for everyone.
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  • onceuponatime2onceuponatime2 36 replies0 threads Junior Member
    I personally think that it's a good idea to take the three sciences (bio, chem, physics) during high school, so I'd recommend dropping to a lower level of physics just to gain exposure to the subject
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  • 5minutes5minutes 101 replies50 threads Junior Member
    Oh, I already took AP Physics B freshman year, so I've gotten my physics credits down (also took AP Chem sophomore year). I think Physics B was what made me really start to dislike physics, hahaha. I made it through the class with decent grades, but a lot of Physics B stuff was much more straightforward and "plug and chug" than Physics C, so I am immensely worried. But thank you for your replies, everyone!!
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  • MITer94MITer94 4728 replies19 threads Senior Member
    Well, it's always a good idea to take harder courses that are not all "plug-and-chug." Most real-life problems are not simply plug-and-chug.
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  • 4kidsdad4kidsdad 4583 replies19 threads Senior Member
    Oh, I already took AP Physics B freshman year, so I've gotten my physics credits down (also took AP Chem sophomore year).
    I think you have enough science credits for an Economics major.
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  • MITer94MITer94 4728 replies19 threads Senior Member
    Yeah, for an economics major Physics C isn't really necessary, so the only possible reasons to take it are for fun or to obtain college credit.
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  • BigIsBigIs 1059 replies0 threads Senior Member
    Drop the C. The bar you are setting for yourself is way higher than those set by the colleges. You should be enjoying your courses this year, not dreading the class time.
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  • econcalceconcalc 215 replies10 threads Junior Member
    Drop it. The math you'll ever need for Economics is Calculus I, which is, in most cases, a prerequisite for Econometrics. You could self-study AP Macroeconomics and AP Microeconomics, but I'd definitely recommend an AP prep book as well as a textbook. For additional resources there are various YouTube channels and websites with thorough explanations of the concepts and theories you'll encounter. Good luck!
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  • naegaminaegami 103 replies9 threads Junior Member
    If you're not planning on majoring in a scientific field, drop it. As long as you have the requisite amount of sciences, colleges aren't going to turn their noses up at 'humanities-oriented'; besides, you're taking college-level Calculus, which will look fantastic.

    I do recommend, though, taking a CP or Honors-level Physics class just to gain some exposure.
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