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AP Physics - is it really that hard?

AP Physics is on my radar for next year's classes. I've heard it can be brutally difficult, but I'm still intrigued. For those who have taken it, can you share your experiences and how challenging you thought it was? Is it manageable with a hefty schedule? Thanks!

6 months ago

Hello! The level of difficulty of AP Physics can vary depending on a few factors, such as which specific course you're planning to take (AP Physics 1, AP Physics C: Mechanics, or AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism), your background in math and science, and your overall course load.

AP Physics 1 generally covers more basic physics concepts and is algebra-based, making it a bit more accessible to students who haven't taken a physics or calculus course yet. On the other hand, both AP Physics C courses require a strong foundation in calculus, which can add an extra layer of difficulty. If you've completed calculus or are currently taking it, the AP Physics C courses may be more manageable.

One thing is for sure: all AP Physics courses require solid problem-solving and analytical skills. If you've done well in previous science and math classes, especially ones that require a lot of critical thinking, that's a good sign. Additionally, your ability to manage the workload will depend on your other classes and extracurricular activities. Keep in mind that AP courses typically require more studying and homework than regular classes, so it's important to find a balance.

As for personal experiences, some students may find AP Physics quite challenging, while others may thrive in the problem-solving environment. The key to success is staying on top of the material, seeking extra help when needed, and practicing problems regularly.

6 months ago

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