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molliegym
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So I'm currently taking AP Physics B (and loving it). I was a little disappointed when I found out we wouldn't be using calculus in the course (my school just calls it AP Physics, not AP Physics B). AP Physics C isn't offered at my school, but I am really interested in it. Would it be too hard to self-study AP Physics C? I really want to learn the material. One kid in my grade who took AP Physics (B) last year self-studied for the AP Physics C exam and probably got a 5 (this kid took AP Calculus AB/BC in 9th grade and is now taking Abstract Algebra, I think, but I don't know how, cuz he's run out of math courses actually offered by the school). He said it's not too hard to self-study for AP Physics C, but I'm not sure. Any opinions?

Btw, I'm currently taking AP Calculus AB/BC.

Btw, I'm currently taking AP Calculus AB/BC.

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## Replies to: AP Physics C

122Junior Member748Member2,071Senior Member72Junior Member122Junior Member118Junior Member122Junior Memberare you going to appear for the exam or have you already done so in the past?

748MemberWhich book is better, PR or Barrons? Or should I just get both?

How far in advance should I start studying? Should I start studying now, or would I be okay to start studying in January (once my apps are all in)?

1,414Senior Member118Junior Member904Member118Junior Member54Junior Member1) Buy a college Physics TEXTBOOK not a review guide, if you are actually serious about it. I bought Fundamentals of Physics. Buy review guide as well, but only as a practice source.

2) It takes alot of work if you intend to get a 5 on the exam while only studying alone. You have to have perserverance to read the chapters, pore over sample problems, and do several problems (I do 25) per chapter. A 1-2 hour commitment every night.

Physics C I have noticed does not use calculus extensively, but it is "calculus-based." Meaning not that all of the problems require you to know calc (some do) but that the principles you learn are based on calc. This means that you will learn alot of proofs of equations.

If you are going into physics or engineering DO IT! Be committed though! Especially since you are in lots of AP math / sciences. In your situation, AP Physics C would not be too bad. Most parallel B concepts, but there are some exceptions. Such as center of mass or Maxwell's Equations, etc. I recommend the challenge. Or even study for 1 C exam (Mechanics)