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AP Physics C vs AP Physics 1: Which is more difficult?

Hey everyone, I need some guidance on whether I should take AP Physics C or AP Physics 1. I've heard different things about their difficulty levels. Does anyone have any insights on which class is harder and why?

7 months ago

Hey there! It's great that you're considering taking an AP Physics course. While it's impossible to offer universal guidance on which exam is more difficult, as that depends on your particular background, strengths, and preferences, most students find AP Physics C more challenging, as it's both calculus-based and covers more sophisticated topics like electricity and magnetism. Generally, it's advised you take this class only if you already have some experience with calculus, or will be taking a calculus class simultaneously.

AP Physics 1, on the other hand, covers classical mechanics, waves, sound, and basic electrical circuits. The curriculum is algebra-based and typically seen as less math-intensive than AP Physics C. However, the physics concepts themselves can still be challenging to grasp, even if the math is simpler.

In summary, if you're comfortable with calculus and prefer a more math-focused course, AP Physics C might be the way to go. If you prefer focusing on the conceptual side of physics with less complex math involved, AP Physics 1 would be more suitable.

If you're still feeling unsure, reaching out to the teacher of each course, to discuss your personal strengths and how they align with the course material, would be a good idea. You may even want to talk to your math teacher, as they probably have experience advising students on which course better fits their skillset.

Good luck with your decision!

7 months ago

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