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AP Physics 1 Credit

lhw1998lhw1998 Registered User Posts: 483 Member
So I've been looking into college credit policies and I noticed that very few colleges offer any credit for AP Physics 1 or 2 courses and only recognize AP Physics C, regardless of the score you receive. Why is this?

Replies to: AP Physics 1 Credit

  • ZealousScholarZealousScholar Registered User Posts: 239 Junior Member
    This is the case because AP Physics 1 is a very concept based algebra physics. College Physics 1 goes more in depth and learns a lot more application than AP Physics 1. AP Physics C however, is VERY rigorous, and has an appropriate balance of concept and application to match more colleges.
  • lhw1998lhw1998 Registered User Posts: 483 Member
    So is all college-level physics Calculus based or what?
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 40,161 Super Moderator
    So is all college-level physics Calculus based or what?
    Or what.

    Although it will depend on the college, physics courses for physics/natural sciences majors are calculus based. Physics courses for bio majors, pre-meds, and pretty much anybody else are algebra based.
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 40,161 Super Moderator
    This is the case because AP Physics 1 is a very concept based algebra physics. College Physics 1 goes more in depth and learns a lot more application than AP Physics 1. AP Physics C however, is VERY rigorous, and has an appropriate balance of concept and application to match more colleges.
    While potentially valid, I would also say that the colleges that don't give credit for Physics 1 also don't give credit for other AP exams which require little to no background in the subject, like Human Geography and CS Principles and/or don't give credit where the majority of students are freshman/sophs (e.g. World History). More colleges gave credit for the old AP Physics B exam, which was also algebra-based, because, IMO, it required intro physics as a pre-req.

    Regardless, any college that does give credit for Physics 1 will limit AP Physics credit. I.e. it's unlikely that you would get credit for AP Physics 1/2/C:Mech/C:E&M.
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