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Is AP Calculus BC equivalent to Calc 2?

Hi everyone! I'm currently taking AP Calculus BC, and I'm wondering if it's considered the same as taking Calculus 2 at the college level. I want to know so I can plan my college courses better. Any insights are greatly appreciated!

6 months ago

Hello! AP Calculus BC is generally considered equivalent to both Calculus 1 and Calculus 2 at the college level. AP Calculus BC covers topics included in two semesters of college calculus courses. These topics typically include limits, derivatives, integrals, and series, as well as additional topics like parametric equations, polar coordinates, and vector-valued functions.

By taking AP Calculus BC and performing well on the AP exam (usually earning a score of 4 or 5), you may be able to receive college credit and/or satisfy prerequisite requirements for more advanced courses. It's important to check the specific policies of the colleges you're interested in, as the amount of credit and placement options can vary. Some institutions may grant credit for a lower score, while others might have stricter requirements or require a validation exam on-campus.

As you plan your college courses, keep in mind that different majors and programs could have specific math requirements. Talk to your academic advisor and review the curriculum for your chosen program to make sure you're meeting all necessary prerequisites.

6 months ago

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