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AP Statistics or AP Calculus?

sparklyydancersparklyydancer Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
edited June 2010 in AP Tests Preparation
I'm going to take Algebra II 9th grade, Honors Geometry 10th grade, Trig 11th grade and I want to take either AP Statistics or AP Calculus in 12th grade.
I want be a psychiatrist and major in psychology in college.
Which one should I take my senior year?
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Replies to: AP Statistics or AP Calculus?

  • jerrry4445jerrry4445 Registered User Posts: 2,741 Senior Member
    Statistics is more involved in Psychology than does Calculus.
  • 314159314159 Registered User Posts: 343 Member
    From your background, it doesn't really seem like you're ready for Calculus. Don't people usually take Pre-Calc first?
  • byuboundbyubound Registered User Posts: 1,327 Senior Member
    Take Stat; you should take Precalculus before you try Calculus and Stat is much easier. You won't really need much math past what you're taking, especially for a psychology major. Statistics would definitely be a better fit for that as well.
  • jerrry4445jerrry4445 Registered User Posts: 2,741 Senior Member
    In actuality, the only important topic in Precalculus needed for Calculus AB is trigonometry. However, if it's BC, self-studying polar and parametric might be necessary.
  • byuboundbyubound Registered User Posts: 1,327 Senior Member
    ^Yes, polar and parametric would definitely be good to cover before going into Calc BC. It may also be a good idea to take Precalc for other topics like partial fractions. I remember doing those in Precalc and it made Calc BC a lot easier for me when I got to that section. If you're only taking AB, it might not be so bad without taking Precalc.
  • BindersOpenBindersOpen Registered User Posts: 435 Junior Member
    Take both. They're not mutually exclusive.
  • byuboundbyubound Registered User Posts: 1,327 Senior Member
    ^I like the Stat joke.
  • ishanzishanz Registered User Posts: 164 Junior Member
    I found the majority of precalculus pointless. First semester was a review of functions and trigonometry. Second semester, we spent a ****load of time on conics, polar coordinates, and parametric equations. I feel like throwing out precalculus and dividing up Calculus BC into two years would be much better.
  • 082349082349 Registered User Posts: 2,228 Senior Member
    If it's for college credit, you won't find many colleges accepting AP Stats for credit. However, since you are looking for a course that will help you in your further education, I would recommend stats.
  • byuboundbyubound Registered User Posts: 1,327 Senior Member
    I don't know if you'll need the college credit from either of those two APs, but you're a lot more likely to get credit for Calc than Stat at most colleges.
  • dabrain13dabrain13 Registered User Posts: 95 Junior Member
    I'd go for Calc. If your school is like most others, Trigonometry is actually Pre-Cal so if you were to take Calc AB you'd probably do fine. Calculus is an invaluable skill, not matter what field you go in to.
  • byuboundbyubound Registered User Posts: 1,327 Senior Member
    Is it possible for you to take both in your schedule? I took both my senior year and really gained a pretty good insight for both subjects. I think both of those subjects will really help me down the road, especially since the exams for both allow me to test out of two required courses for my major. You never know what you could gain from some of the reasoning skills that each subject requires.
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