Is physics really nessesary to take in hs?

<p>ok I HAVE TAKEN HONRS BIOLOGY, HONORS CHEMISTRY, AP CHEMISTRY for my freshman, soph, and jnuior years respectively. Should I take physics next year or AP bio. I'm thinking I need at least one year of physics in high school (seeing as how i want to go into science) but I really want to take an AP seeing as how I want a heavy course load (and i dont want to look like im going down hill dropping from an AP science class in junior year to an Honors science class senior year)</p>

<p>I would go with physics H. It seems that colleges look highly upon this class and many consider it an "unwritten requirement." Although, AP Bio is a rigorous course...I would as your counselor's opinion or if you have any connections in the admissions world... (but don't harass admissions officers w/ such questions irandomly f you don't know them)</p>

<p>If you want to go into science, you should take physics. Otherwise, unless it's a state school which has specific course requirements for admission, it's probably not necessary. My D took botany instead of physics and she got into her first choice school.</p>

<p>If you have an Honors Physics course, then yes. If only regular and AP Physics are offered, then no.</p>

<p>Peronally, I've taken Biology(regular), H. Chemistry, AP Biology, and AP Chemistry(currently taking).</p>

<p>I've never taken physics because my school only gave a regular physics course and an AP Physics course.</p>

<p>Could you take both? This year I am taking AP Physics and AP Bio. If that is not an option, I would take physics.</p>

<p>I made the mistake of taking AP Bio instead of Physics...big mistake -_- Sure I got a 5 on it, but most of the info is forgettable even if I will need it in college...</p>

<p>Why is Honors Physics better than AP?</p>

<p>I would say it is better because AP Physics could lower your GPA and you could take another AP course, such as AP US Government, or AP Statistics.</p>

<p>Also, if you were not interested in physics, why would you take the AP Physics course?</p>

<p>Sadly, interest has little relevance now when selecting courses. It's all about this bloody rat race.</p>

<p>That is true, but if your high school offers other AP courses, you can take those other AP courses instead.</p>

<p>You could take both...</p>

<p>I'm taking AP Phys and AP Bio both this yr as's a ton of work just between those two, and the classes are exact opposites, although both challenging in their own ways.</p>

<p>I'd recommend taking physics even if you don't want to go into the sciences (moot point with you since you want to) because it helps teach you how to think moreso than most classes do in our current education system (at least at my school).</p>

<p>For years I thought that everyone should finish high school having taken Biology, Chemistry, and Physics. Recently, I read that many schools would rather see an advanced course in one of the three as opposed to taking one of each. I disagree. There are things that you will learn in Physics that will serve you well throughout your life and make it less possible for people to bamboozle you with pseudo-science.</p>

<p>Physics is a great class, even if you aren't into science you can find something to like in Physics. </p>

<p>Physics is more relatable than Bio or Chem (yeah, even though parts of them are about what happens in you!). It's a great course that everyone should take at some point to learn about the basics of the world around you and how it works.</p>

<p>hell, I learned why the sky is blue in my physics class!</p>

<p>from my experience, my honors physics class cannot hold a candle to my AP Bio class. AP biology truly makes you appreciate the world we live in.</p>

<p>You need to take Honors Physics as a 'rite of passage' for the top schools even if you don't like or need it. They want to see breadth(sp?) of subject matter...</p>

<p>Too bad most of the things taught in high school physics are no longer used in science, Newtonian physics as I am told, only provides a good approximation for practical uses in physics, but not in physics itself : /</p>

<p>To the people who've suggested AP Physics – at many schools, you're either not allowed to take or very discouraged from taking AP Physics without having taken Honors. At my school, Honors Chem and Honors Bio are prerequisites for AP Chem and AP Bio, respectively. I think it's the same way with AP Physics.</p>

<p>i call physics because in high school, you have a much tighter learning environment so you might get extra help or at least be able to hear the teacher in general. if you have a good idea of physics before you enter college, you'll feel much more comfortable with the subject in general in college.</p>

if you have a good idea of physics before you enter college, you'll feel much more comfortable with the subject in general in college.



<p>Definitely go with the honors physics.</p>

<p>Wow. How funny. I was in the same predicament and then I took both. </p>

<p>I think getting a solid grounding of honors physics is more important than AP Bio. Physics can be really daunting in college, so it'd be preferable to get a good grip on it in high school.</p>