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Junior Year Schedule - math & science

Hi, I am planning to take AP Physics 1 in my junior year. I have taken AP Calculus AB last year as a sophomore and I will be taking AP Calculus BC as a junior. I have already taken a regular high school physics course, and I want to take an AP Physics course because I am considering engineering as my potential college major. I believe taking AP Physics C will be too difficult, so I want to take AP Physics 1 and 2 together. My school only offers AP Physics 1 so if I decide to take both, I will be taking AP Physics 1 in school and AP Physics 2 by enrolling at an online school. On a side note, I will also be taking AP Chemistry as a junior because I have taken honors chemistry last year as a sophomore and I feel confident in the subject. My only concern is that the workload might be a bit too heavy. I wonder if the pros of taking all these three science courses will outweigh the cons: heavy workload. I am not submitting my AP score from AP Calculus AB to colleges, so only AP exam scores that are taken into consideration when applying to colleges are the AP courses I am taking in my junior year. What are your thoughts on my proceeding with these courses in my junior year? Any different suggestions? Please let me know!

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11 months ago

I took AP Chemistry and AP Physics 1 last year; it was very stressful taking two AP sciences at the same time; one lab a week looks small, but two a week is a lot more stressful than one would imagine. However, just like you, I only took a few other advanced classes, so it is manageable. My only concern is taking AP Physics 1 and 2 at the same time, even though you said Phys 2 will be online, the concepts in both courses are very different, and three AP sciences sounds like an absolute nightmare, no matter the other classes your taking. I just say push AP Physics 2 for your Senior year.

Side note: I would also recommend you take the AP Physics C: Mechanics exam as a senior as well, by your senior year, you will already know 90% of the content (This exam is just an extended, calculus-based version of AP Physics 1) and the 10% will be easier to understand given how much time you will have to practice that small portion of the course.

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🎤11 months ago

Thank you for your advice!

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11 months ago

Four AP classes sounds like a lot, especially considering that AP Physics 1 and 2 have some of the lowest pass rates for AP exams and you're planning on submitting those scores to colleges. Another thing to consider is how well you did in AP Calculus AB last year and if you think you won't have to put as much effort in calculus as you will into your physics classes. Also, think about your schedule outside of school to make sure you're not burning yourself out. You're taking a lot of difficult courses, so just make sure you're not giving yourself so much of a heavy workload that you can't succeed in your classes.

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🎤11 months ago

Thank you so much for your advice!

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11 months ago

Would you be taking any other APs other Calculus BC, Physics 1, Physics 2, and Chemistry? If so, taking all of those is probably a bit much, and you could potentially take one in your senior year instead, but I don't think four AP courses is too many, especially in subjects you're confident in.

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🎤11 months ago

Hi, thanks for the reply! Other than AP Calc BC, AP Chem, and AP Physics 1, I am also taking AP U.S. History! Do you think taking AP Physics 2 (online) will be a good addition to the schedule? Do you think taking AP Physics 2 without prior AP Physics 1 knowledge is manageable as I will be taking them at the same time?

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Honestly, I might suggest waiting to take AP Physics 2 until next year. Four AP classes is a lot to juggle, especially with two high-level physics classes.

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🎤11 months ago

Yes, I agree with you! Thank you for your advice!!

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4 months ago

Hello, I have been on a path similar to yours. Calc BC, AP Chem, and AP Physics 1 and 2 definitely is a difficult courseload. However, due to your stellar mathematic ability and your confidence in chemistry, it may be a good option to go with both physics at once. AP Chem is only challenging if you are not proficient in stoichiometry. Physics 1 and 2 are challenging regardless of your skills elsewhere, but because you have a head start in calc, it should be less of a mental task to keep up. As long as you have a consistent studying schedule and you don't overload yourself with extracurriculars, I would say to go for it. My best advice would be to look at a little bit of physics over the summer so that you have a head start for the classes. It may be too late for Junior year, but I would also recommend looking into dual enrollment classes at colleges near you.

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