Sign Up For Free

**Join for FREE**,
and start talking with other members, weighing in on community discussions,
and more.

Also, by registering and logging in you'll see fewer ads and pesky welcome messages (like this one!)

- Reply to threads, and start your own.
- Post reviews of your campus visits.
- Find hundreds of pages of informative articles.
- Search from over 3 million scholarships.

nickd123
Registered User Posts: **20** New Member

was wondering what course I should take next year. I'm currently a junior about to plan my senior schedule. For calculus, I was deciding between regular Calculus or AP Calculus AB (definitely not BC). I'm currently in Trig Honors and have a B+ after the first semester. My teacher recommended me for the normal Calc class, however I can "waive" into it. But if I were to waive and were to have a bad experience in the class next year and start getting like C's or D's and I drop out to normal calc, I get a "withdrawl" on my transcript which won't look good to colleges. I spoke to the AP Calc AB teacher and he said regular calc and AB are essentially the same, just AB goes much faster and a little more in depth.

Next year I am definitely taking 2 AP's (Italian and Stat) and maybe 3 depending on which Calc I took. My question is how much harder is AP Calc AB than normal Calc? Also, would colleges prefer struggling in AP or doing better in regular, because either way Calculus is still for college students. Also, speaking with students, they say the regular Calc class they still struggle to get B's. I'd rather struggle to get a B in AP than CP. I'd be fine with getting a B. Any answers would be largely appreciated. Thanks.

Also, would one or another be better if I plan in majoring in something business related?

Next year I am definitely taking 2 AP's (Italian and Stat) and maybe 3 depending on which Calc I took. My question is how much harder is AP Calc AB than normal Calc? Also, would colleges prefer struggling in AP or doing better in regular, because either way Calculus is still for college students. Also, speaking with students, they say the regular Calc class they still struggle to get B's. I'd rather struggle to get a B in AP than CP. I'd be fine with getting a B. Any answers would be largely appreciated. Thanks.

Also, would one or another be better if I plan in majoring in something business related?

This discussion has been closed.

## Replies to: Regular Calculus vs. AP Calc AB

510Member8,987Senior Member108Junior Member510MemberThat sounds like you learn the exact same material but don't get a boost in GPA. If that's the case might as well take AP Calc.

4,731Senior MemberI struggled far more in Geometry than in Calculus -- I'm talking low B's in Geometry and high A's in Calculus. It isn't as bad as you think - plus, there's a plethora of resources on the internet, including Khan Academy, which I've found tremendously helpful. If you stay on top of the work, seek extra help when needed, and study, you should be fine.

20New Member108Junior Member50Junior Member