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To Take Stats or to not?

shak567shak567 Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
edited November 2012 in High School Life
I am highly considering whether to double up in math sophomore year and take stats. this is my schedule so far.

Regular Pre-Calc/Trig 4.0
Honors English 10 4.5
Honors Chem 4.5
IED 5.0 (Intro to Engineering Design)
Student Publications 4.0
French 3 4.0

I have one more spot and I am highly contemplating AP Stats. My math teacher does not like the general idea of doubling up so she doesn't want me to do it. I talked to the math head, and she said Regular Pre-Calc/Trig is a college prep class and taking it with stat would be hard, but i heard stat isn't as hard as it seems. Should I take it or not? Thanks for the feedback!
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Replies to: To Take Stats or to not?

  • ArtsyGirl13ArtsyGirl13 Registered User Posts: 2,986 Senior Member
    Don't take stats, focus on pre-calc which will act as a building block for math to come. Take stats senior year after you are done with calculus. If I were you I would take a history class.
  • shak567shak567 Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    I'm not a history guy. And I would really like to take multi senior year.
  • ArtsyGirl13ArtsyGirl13 Registered User Posts: 2,986 Senior Member
    It looks bad/weakens your application if you do not consistently take history (especially for the first three years of high school). For top schools at a bare minimum you should take all your core subjects for three years (preferred four, but you can get away with three for languages and history). If you truly want to not take history and double up on math do it senior year.
  • saminator910saminator910 Registered User Posts: 231 Junior Member
    Good advice, take a social studies class, but that's beside the point. I just finished 1st quarter in AP stats, so far it's a cakewalk, it's the easiest AP at our school. In our school the non accelerated math track ends at Precalc, and those who don't want to take it take stats. That being said, I'm really a math guy, so I may be biased towards the fact that it's easy.
  • shak567shak567 Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    I mean only history offered is euro and human. euro is hard, and human is boring. so i came up with stats. so i can either do stats, or finish up my art credit by taking ceramics.
  • aomameaomame Registered User Posts: 125 New Member
    Um, didn't you just post a thread like this earlier today, but with different wording?

    My previous advice still stands: dump AP Stats, take a history class instead, follow the Pre-Calc/Trig track because math just keeps building on itself (as my mom's friend, who's an engineer, reminded me as he quizzed me on my pre-calc stuff earlier today).
  • ArtsyGirl13ArtsyGirl13 Registered User Posts: 2,986 Senior Member
    I understand that history is not alway the most appealing (I am in APUSH right now and want to kill somebody), that being said you came here for advice and we are telling you to take history. If those are the only ones offered take AP Euro (I have heard it is at least interesting) or take a history class that is not AP. What schools do you plan to apply to (there are very few that will not see an issue with not taking history)?
  • shak567shak567 Registered User Posts: 22 New Member
    I appreciate your advice, but those are the only two history classes allowed. I plan to apply to instate schools, maybe top ten if gpa is good enough :P
  • ArtsyGirl13ArtsyGirl13 Registered User Posts: 2,986 Senior Member
    If those are the only classes offered take one next year and one junior year, then you are done with history. If you are even considering top 10 schools it would be beneficial for you.
  • quidditchcatquidditchcat Registered User Posts: 2,894 Senior Member
    Wait, wait wait. You're allowed to take AP Stats in SOPHOMORE year? My school, while it wants to be "stress-free" only lets us take APs from JUNIOR year.

    But anyways, even though its boring/hard, take history. Is Human boring as in hard or too easy?
  • valeasvaleas Registered User Posts: 168 Junior Member
    human geo is so easy, if u want stat, just take it. but you better go hard in paint either decision you make.
  • pidudepidude Registered User Posts: 89 Junior Member
    I took AP Stats last year. It was pretty easy. It's not really a math based class: it's more writing based. I would go for the AP Stats class (I'm really passionate about math so maybe I'm just being biased).
  • tangentlinetangentline Registered User Posts: 1,116 Senior Member
    So, if you want to know how I feel, Human Geography and Statistics are the two classes with pointless busy work... Well not busy work for statistics, just redundant, boring, time consuming, calculator punching and graph building all day long... Yay. You get to punch in more numbers and press the same buttons over and over and over to get your graph. Hooray the next problem is punching in more numbers. And the next after you deleted the ones from the problem before is referring to the data two problems ago and you punch in more numbers and you make another graph and you... Yeah, I'm frustrated with my Stats hw right now... I got the point on the first or second of the 24 multi part problems...

    I wish my school offered Physics C, that's what I'd be taking instead as the AP courses have run out! :(
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