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Hey all, I'm considering taking an AP Physics course next year, but I'm not sure which one to choose (AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, or AP Physics C). Which of these courses is generally considered the easiest? I'm trying to balance my course load, so any guidance would be appreciated!

9 months ago

Hi there! Each of the AP Physics courses has its own focus and level of difficulty, so the "easiest" choice will depend on your strengths and background in physics and mathematics.

AP Physics 1 covers classical mechanics, such as Newtonian mechanics, work, energy, power, mechanical waves, sound, and basic electrical circuits. This course is algebra-based, meaning that the mathematics required is less advanced than in AP Physics C, which is calculus-based. Generally, students who haven't taken calculus find AP Physics 1 to be more approachable.

AP Physics 2 delves into fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, electricity and magnetism, and optics. It also includes topics on atomic, nuclear, and quantum physics. Like AP Physics 1, it is also algebra-based. However, since the topics covered are more diverse and some students find them to be more abstract, it can be perceived as slightly more challenging than AP Physics 1.

AP Physics C is divided into two separate courses: Mechanics and Electricity and Magnetism. Both of these courses are calculus-based and are generally considered to be more difficult than AP Physics 1 and 2 due to the advanced mathematics involved. However, if you've already taken or are concurrently taking calculus, you might find AP Physics C more engaging and conceptually satisfying.

In summary, if you haven't taken calculus and are looking for a more manageable workload, AP Physics 1 might be the best option for you. But if you've already taken calculus or enjoy more math-based problem-solving, you may find AP Physics C to be the most appealing choice. Good luck with your decision!

9 months ago

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