My Science teacher recommended me for Physics C - AP for next year. I do not know if I really want to do it. In my school, I need one Physical Science credit to graduate. Physics C - AP, Physics 1 - AP, and Chemistry - AP are the three of the most popular courses available for Physical Science. Which one is better for Comp Sci majors? I am going to be also taking Calculus AB - AP next year. What are your guy's opinions? Is Calculus AB - AP better to take with Physics 1 or Physics C AP?
The most important thing you need to know (besides the difference in the content covered) is that Physics 1 is algebra-based while Physics C is calculus-based. Essentially, what you choose depends on how good you're at math. The amount of math is AP Physics C > AP Physics 1 > AP Chemistry.
If you're looking for getting credit from AP exams, AP Physics C would be a better choice than AP Physics 1 because some colleges don't accept credit for AP Physics 1, and at most colleges, your Computer Science degree plan will include the equivalent of Physics C, not of Physics 1.
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The topics and units in AP Physics 1 and AP Physics 2 are developed upon in more depth in AP Physics C. It is recommended to take AP Physics 1 before AP Physics C. Taking Physics 1 and Pre Calc together, and AP Physics C and AP Calc simultaneously is recommended by my counselor. AP Physics C is better for a comp. sci. major.
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