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High School Class of 2019

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  • awesomepolyglotawesomepolyglot Registered User Posts: 3,557 Senior Member
    I'm thinking about trying to skip precalc, as I've been rocketing through Trig and Precalc on Khan Academy. I've heard from a friend that it's not a hard class. My current plan is to take AP Lang, AP Physics 1, AP Chem, APUSH, AP Lang, Honors Orchestra, Honors Precalc, and a study hall. (I read fast & am hoping for the best, lol.) Any thoughts?

    also @darkskies I heard that that exam was crazy hard!
  • anan16anan16 Registered User Posts: 79 Junior Member
    @awesomepolyglot If you are taking AP Physics, I believe you need at least Calculus level math as a prerequisite, though i may be wrong and it's just Precalculus. At any rate, it's much easier to do WELL in that class if you have Calc as your math level.

    Anyways, to answer your question, I attempted to also skip precal, as did many of my friends, but many upperclassmen told me that skipping would definitely lower your grade in Calculus (assuming you will take that in place of Precalculus). My friend who got accepted into an early college program had a B due to skipping Precal. Also, I dont think KA is a good indicator for how adept you are at math since it provides pretty basic concepts of math (definitely not an honors level). So my advice? Breeze through precal and ensure you do great in all your other classes.
  • darkskiesdarkskies Registered User Posts: 33 Junior Member
    edited July 8
    @awesomepolyglot I'm taking similar courses next year. I signed up for AP Lang, AP Physics, AP US, AP Stats, AP Euro, a CE drawing class, an honors math class, and a study period. and also I didn't think it was very hard, my essays were kinda just all over the place, and it only bothered me because I got two 5s last year but I'm completely cool with a 4 now (:
  • IrrationalPepsiIrrationalPepsi Registered User Posts: 922 Member
    @anan16, I skipped precalculus.

    I had the highest grade in my calculus class and made a five on the AP exam.
  • awesomepolyglotawesomepolyglot Registered User Posts: 3,557 Senior Member
    @anan16 It's AP Physics 1, which only requires Algebra 2 at my school.
  • anan16anan16 Registered User Posts: 79 Junior Member
    edited July 8
    @IrrationalPepsi Great job, I guess my friend just had a hard time comprehending Calculus. Also, looking at previous threads (stalker lol) I see you took Calc AB. Definitely still hard, but my friend took BC. Probably the reason he did worse than you.

    @awesomepolyglot Ok I somehow assumed you meant AP Physics C. If you feel comfortable, skip it. Again, just my opinion.
  • kimclan1kimclan1 Registered User Posts: 596 Member
    edited July 9
    From my experience calculus would have helped just to understand some concepts (like what an integral is and kinematics graphs) but it is not necessary and algebra 2 will be fine. The only real math you have to do in the class is use right triangle trigonometry, BASIC sine functions, and manipulate variables but that is all!
    Is anyone taking AP Stats here?
  • IrrationalPepsiIrrationalPepsi Registered User Posts: 922 Member
    @kimclan1, I signed up for AP Stats, but the class didn't make it! I think I might "self-study" it with guidance from the Stats teacher.

    I have worked my summer away so far. It's nice not having to work after school anymore, but I'd like to be lazy some days. Working 40 hours a week during school as a part-time employee was definitely trying. I had to manage three AP classes, but it wasn't hard. Next year, though, the real fun starts haha.
  • equationloverequationlover Registered User Posts: 294 Junior Member
    edited July 11
    Has anyone here taken Calc 1 over the summer? My school requires you to take AP calc AB before BC, so I will only be in AB as a senior. I would like to be in BC, because I am planning a computer science/math double major. Is it worth it? (This would be the summer after junior year.)

    Also, I am really interested in self-studying for the AMC 12. I was going to take the AMC 10 this year, but the math club was not accommodating and told me I could not take the test most likely with accommodations, and didn't really look into it for me. (I have bad eyesight.) This teacher in charge of the club happens to be my pre-calc teacher next year, LOL.
  • GiovuhnniGiovuhnni Registered User Posts: 238 Junior Member
    so jealous cause you all got good scores on your AP exams! I underestimated ap gov and only got a 3 but IB is the move so I didnt really get mad over it. Somehow made it to my states SMOB Advisory Council. should be fun and ill actually get to make or contribute to decisions that will impact education in my state ! great for college applications but i have to travel an hour away to all the meetings so :/. Finally took Health and I'm almost done with my summer course but my summers been pretty boring so far.
  • anan16anan16 Registered User Posts: 79 Junior Member
    edited July 11
    @IrrationalPepsi May I ask how many AP classes you are taking this year? I want to prove to my parents that I can hold a part time job (literally 7 hours a week... LOL) by saying that my friends are in an even harder stance than me. Amazing how you can do 40 hours per week. Your work ethic must be rock solid!
  • awesomepolyglotawesomepolyglot Registered User Posts: 3,557 Senior Member
    whoa @giovuhnn long time no see

    I have so much respect for people like @irrationalpepsi who work 40 hours/week during the summer... I'm bushed after working 4 hours/day.

    SAT scores tomorrow morning! Who's excited?
  • bway5492bway5492 Registered User Posts: 28 New Member
    Same. I am only working 15 hours a week and I have one class three times a week and I use that as an excuse to not do summer hw/not study for the ACT, so I, too, have immense respect for people who work more than I do in addition to keeping up with school work.
  • awesomepolyglotawesomepolyglot Registered User Posts: 3,557 Senior Member
    Oh no, summer homework...
    The kids at work today kept saying "It's only three and a half weeks until schools starts!" and I was like "nooooo, I like school but I have homework"
  • anan16anan16 Registered User Posts: 79 Junior Member
    What date do you guys go back to school? Mine is Aug 21. Seems so far away yet approaching ever so fast...
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