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Weird...my friend will only be doing AP Calc BC instead of AB then BC?

edited May 2010 in High School Life
apparently her school curriculum for the highest honors in mathematics goes:
Algebra I Honors --> Geometry Honors --> Algebra II/Trig Honors --> Math Analysis (Precalculus)/Calculus A Honors --> AP Calculus BC

& she goes to a top school too, one that sends many to prestigious schools, including math & science schools such as MIT & Caltech

so i was wondering. do colleges favor BC over AB as Math IIC SAT is favored over Math IC SAT? is this even feasible? if so i think i might just do Calculus I at a CC and do BC next year.
Post edited by TRUFFLIEPUFF on

Replies to: Weird...my friend will only be doing AP Calc BC instead of AB then BC?

  • rayna3rayna3 Registered User Posts: 2,530 Senior Member
    I thought most schools were like that o.O

    At least the ones in my area.

    If you're in Honors Pre-Cal (or the equivalent), you go to BC if you want too.
  • QwertyKeyQwertyKey Registered User Posts: 4,590 Senior Member
    Does your friend go to the same school as you?

    At some (most?) schools Calc BC starts from the beginning of Calc, with limits. Other schools break it up into Calc AB, and then BC after AB.
  • hi_im_leilahi_im_leila Registered User Posts: 2,024 Senior Member
    The curriculum is the same at my school as well... there's an honors track that goes Geometry honors, Algebra II honors, Pre-calc/trig honors (notorious for being the hardest class at my school), Calc BC

    For other students, it's all the same classes without the honors designation, and then Calc AB.

    Some kids who finish Calc AB by their junior year decide to take BC senior year (I would never subject myself to another more difficult year of the same subject, yuck)
  • TRUFFLIEPUFFTRUFFLIEPUFF - Posts: 1,999 Senior Member
    lol the one at my school is so slow then >_>
    it's basically the same until the Precalculus & Calculus part
    it goes

    .. -> Math Analysis Honors -> AP Calculus AB -> AP Calculus BC

  • simo14simo14 Registered User Posts: 280 Junior Member
    yeah ours is Geometry->Trig/Algebra 2->Math Analysis (which covers Calc A)->Calc BC
    I'm pretty sure most schools do this (ours is a top school as well, ~20 kids every year go to HYPS)
  • ThisCouldBeHeavnThisCouldBeHeavn - Posts: 16,060 Senior Member
    hahaha what a noobish question
  • TRUFFLIEPUFFTRUFFLIEPUFF - Posts: 1,999 Senior Member
    omg *** this isnt fair then...my school is a piece of ****
  • ryanxingryanxing Registered User Posts: 1,330 Senior Member
    My school requires AB before BC. I'm bypassing that requirement because I self-studied AB and took the test. The teacher allows PreCalc students to skip to BC if they take the AB test and pass it, which I am pretty sure I did. The catch is that at my school there's only 1 class of BC, so if there's no room left then you can't skip. Luckily there is at least 1 spot next year for me.

    I think that schools shouldn't make AB a requirement for BC. If I self-studied AB in 2-3 months then there's definitely time to teach all the BC material.
  • TRUFFLIEPUFFTRUFFLIEPUFF - Posts: 1,999 Senior Member
    wait, in what months did you self study AB in during your Precalc class? & what score did you get on it?
  • ryanxingryanxing Registered User Posts: 1,330 Senior Member
    I studied Calc AB from February to until the AP test. I learned trigonometry during winter break. I took it this year so I don't know my grade yet, but I'm pretty sure I got a 4 (wost scenario a 3). I understood the course material well, and I did well on the MC, but the free response killed me. I didn't have time to do #6, which was pretty easy, and I absolutely loathe those long word problems. Note that I studied the entire AP Bio course with the help of a private tutor from December through February, without any prior Bio knowledge. Then from February to until the AP tests, I self-studied Calc AB, Macroeconomics, Human Geo, Psych, and Comp. Gov. while taking outside classes/private lessons for Chemistry, AP Lang, and APUSH.

    If I can do all that and still self-studied Calc AB and without a doubt passed it, then schools definitely shouldn't make Calc AB a perquisite for BC; it's utterly time-wasting. A lot of other smart math people at my school will only take up to Calc AB because of the policy by the time they're seniors. I feel bad for them.
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