AP Physics B - a very worried student

<p>I'm currently taking AP Physics B, Ap Eng/Comp, and AP US history. I have never struggled in any class before, and I rank among the top 1% at my high school. However, due to my work hours, I am unable to put enough time into my physics class, which contributes to my poor comprehension of the subject. What is the best thing to do in my situation? I'm hoping to go to UT austin, although if i snag any full rides those may be the best option. I'm considering dropping physics, but how will that impact me in the future?
ps: i want a medical or business major</p>

<p>How much are you required to work? Could you work even a couple hours fewer per week?</p>

<p>Yes, but work conflicts with us history and english as well. I’d rather put time into those subjects knowing I can pull a 100 rather than study for physics and pull a 75-80. I took pre-ap chemistry and won an award at school for it, finishing with top marks. i seem to have trouble comprehending physics, even with the aid of a study book. (the princeton review). Essentially, i want to know how bad dropping ap physics will look for colleges.</p>

<p>It’s recommended that you take a physics class of some kind.
What would you be taking instead of physics? Will you be taking regular physics at some point?</p>

<p>I would drop AP Physics and pick up pre-ap physics.</p>

<p>If you’re in the top 1% at your high school and you live in Texas you don’t have to worry about how anything looks to UT Austin; you’ll get automatically admitted. I’d advise dropping physics if you live in Texas because you’re more likely to drop out of the top 7% if you stay and wreck your GPA than if you drop and take an easier A.</p>

<p>If you don’t live in Texas, then you should at least consider finding a way to manage the class. It’s not as difficult to get admitted there as it is at some places, and you’d probably get in even if you dropped physics, but it’s an expensive school. If you think you could get at least a B in physics, you’d probably have a stronger case for merit scholarships than you would if you got an A in a much easier course. It really depends on what the alternative course is. Could you do AP Chemistry instead? You said you’ve done well at chemistry before.</p>


<p>ap chemistry is potentially an option. my only fear is picking up ap chem and being unable to handle it, and dropping another AP. that wouldn’t look to great for colleges, i guess.
i do live in texas. i know i can get automatically accepted, but i’m looking for scholarships.</p>

<p>If your choices are a subject in which you are struggling and a subject in which you are literally an award-winning student, I think it makes a whole lot more sense to pick the second one. If you’ve retained pre-AP chemistry knowledge, you would probably have to spend a lot less outside time for chemistry than you would for physics. I’ve never taken AP Chemistry, but I’ve talked to people who have, and they haven’t had much more trouble than they did in Honors Chemistry the year before. Given your circumstances, I’d do everything I could to transfer into chemistry.</p>

<p>If you go on a pre-med track, chemistry would probably help you more than physics anyway.</p>

<p>thanks for the help!
so basically, drop ap physics for sure. consider ap chem, fall back to pre-ap physics.</p>