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Choosing AP Physics C or Another Science Course?

I can't decide whether to take AP Physics C or a different science course next year. I'm not sure if it's right for me, as I've heard it's pretty challenging. Can anyone who has taken it give me some advice? What skills do you think are necessary to succeed in that class?

6 months ago

As someone who has taken AP Physics C, I can provide some insight into what to expect and the skills necessary to succeed in that class. First, let me say, yes, AP Physics C can be challenging compared to other AP science courses, but that shouldn't deter you if you have a strong foundation in physics and math.

One thing to consider is your previous experience with physics. If you have taken a physics course (ideally an AP Physics course) in the past and enjoyed it, you'll likely find AP Physics C to be a good fit. AP Physics C covers some advanced concepts in mechanics and electricity & magnetism, so having a solid understanding of these topics will definitely help.

Another important factor is your mathematical skills. AP Physics C is calculus-based, so you need to have completed or be concurrently enrolled in a calculus course (preferably AP Calculus AB or BC). If you're comfortable with calculus and enjoy problem-solving, you're more likely to succeed in this class.

Ultimately, your decision should be based on your interest in the subject, your academic background, and your future goals. If you're planning to major in a STEM field, taking AP Physics C can provide you with a strong foundation for college-level courses. However, if you're more interested in another science course or have doubts about your ability to handle the workload, it might be better to choose a different option that suits your strengths and aligns with your academic interests.

6 months ago

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