Self Study AP Physics???

<p>Hi. Im in College Prep Physics right now and I'm considering about self-studying AP Physics B. Does anyone know how I can prepare for it? I want someone who got a 5 on the test to tell me. THanks...</p>

<p>I'm taking Physics also, but my class is a joke. I could use some help!</p>

<p>I got double 5's on C. I dont know how much alike B is, but of all the AP's Ive taken, Physics is the absolute most brutal. No time, only the hard questions, plenty of math. Good thing that 60% right is a 5.</p>

<p>I don't have any Physics experience but I am going to self-study for both C tests. :o I am doing awesome in Calculus so the math part isn't a problem at all, and I am pretty good at science (rockin' the 100 in AP Chem). I need to get some books...</p>

<p>I'm having only a 91 on AP Chem. It's ****ing me off. I'm going for 97 next term.</p>

<p>"I don't have any Physics experience but I am going to self-study for both C tests."</p>

<p>I would be wary. Have you actually started studying yet? If you have, then you can probably ignore what I'm about to say. But a lot of people get stuck at Kinematics because they're just not the "physics" type. IMO, there's no such thing as being good at "science". You can be good at biology, chemistry, AND physics concurrently, but the skills necessary to success in each subject are very different. Some schools offer AP Physics B as a first-year Physics course (to students who excelled in Chem and Bio, of course), and many of these students get stuck at Kinematics and Dynamics. That's why there are so many 1's on an exam that anyone who likes Physics should pass.</p>

<p>Well, I am getting the texts soon. I have dabbled in physics and liked it. I've never taken a Physics course, but I've done a bit of it. I realize it will be tough, but I will just cancel my score if I am that unprepared. I like all of the Physics I've encountered. I've never had a problem with vectors or anything and all the Physics we have done in Calc (probably very basic; mostly applications of integrals and derivatives). Is there a text book you recommend that covers the basics as well as the C contents? I may have to buy two.
Thanks, Conkers!</p>

<p>"I have dabbled in physics and liked it."</p>

<p>That's good to know. I was afraid that you might have no prior knowledge in Physics and are taking it just because "Physics is a science, and I'm good at science".</p>

<p>"Is there a text book you recommend that covers the basics as well as the C contents?"</p>

<p>Giancoli: Physics for Scientists and can skip quite a bit of the stuff, but it does a good job of preparing the calculus-savvy student for an introductory physics course.</p>

<p>The absolute best way to study for AP Physics B is to practice with old multiple choice and free response questions (from a Physics teacher at school), because they essentially do not change from year to year. The exam was a breeze for me because I had so much practice.</p>

<p>Giancoli for the basics, right? But what about for the Mechanics and Electricity and magnetism? I have heard good things about the Halliday texts. If you could give me a link from Amazon or something to the text you're referring to, that would be awesome. There are so many different versions it's hard to tell what people mean when they just say the author!</p>

<p>I'm in Regents Physics too........I'm finding it fairly easy and I'm considering self-studying for Phys B (I might take C depends on how my schedule works out...) but my Regents class uses the pretty basic textbook Physics 2nd Ed. by James Walker......I can't really get a whole extra 80+ dollar textbook, will I be ok with that one? What topics are on Phys B that that book doesn't cover? Thanks.</p>

<p>IS physics B easier than C? It covers a broad range of things but are the questions easier? I am taking honors physics senior year and am using the Giancoli textbook. Is this enough? we are starting chap 10 on fluids this week.</p>