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    Taking AP Phys (Mech) in 11th grade with no Phys experience?

    In my program, you're actually required to take AP Physics Mechanics after taking Calc AB, with it being your first physics class, so I assume that prior physics knowledge isn't needed.
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    High School Age 14 subject options

    You sound like you've already made up your mind, just tell your son to take what he wants to take if you feel that strongly about option 2
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    Schools How Rigorous are High School Calculus classes?

    Thanks for the great advice, everyone! I think I'm going to go through Spivak's Calculus in addition to the regular Calculus classes, most likely not in the school year because of how busy I am but in the summer instead. Also, I found out the textbook for the AB class is Calculus: Graphical...
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    Schools How Rigorous are High School Calculus classes?

    It seems you're right, since I just found an online syllabus for our Calculus BC class and in comparison to things I've heard from people at different schools, which vary from Calculus BC being Calculus AB with added topics to Calculus AB being a slower version of BC, it seems our version spends...
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    Schools How Rigorous are High School Calculus classes?

    Hello everyone, I'm a high school student and wondering about the rigor of the AP Calculus classes that U.S. high school students often take. When I say rigor here, I'm talking about mathematical rigor as is commonly talked about with regard to math classes, and also whether or not the class is...
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    Physics Theoretical physics as a backup carreer

    Are you seriously trying to imply that your parents not being smart is somehow giving you bad genetics and that that's all that matters in making impacts in math and physics? I'm a freshman in high school, and to me it looks like all you care about is your supposed impact on the world and your...
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    Engineering Engineer whose true passion is physics

    Why do you say computer aided like it's a bad thing? Is it not known that just about all jobs today use computer aid in one way or another, and that STEM jobs especially use them heavily? And though you're correct that math is very messy high up, I feel like just about any area of...
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    How should I claim mathematics credit for self study?

    I am lucky, yes, I go to a public school that has a program for advanced students with STEM interests. I couldn't be more thankful to live in an area that has such an opportunity, and I'm sorry that your school doesn't offer a good selection of advanced classes, there was a similar problem in my...
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    How should I claim mathematics credit for self study?

    Just out of curiosity, what kind of extracurriculars and other classes are you taking? It's great that you're self studying your subjects of interest, but it's very important that you keep your options open and take classes in things you're not necessarily interested in as of now to see if you...
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    Physics Theoretical physics as a backup carreer

    Ignoring the fact that relying on, planning around, and expecting one to be an Einstein is just childish, I echo ZapperZ's thoughts that a backup plan is what one plans to do if their grand vision does not succeed. If you were set on pursuing pure math and your backup was that if you couldn't...
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    Should I quit school altogether

    All I know is that petroleum engineers are literally being bid on by companies straight out of college and sometimes making 6 figure salaries right away, and although things certainly seem to be improving with the economy from what I have seen this trend seems to be continuing. I have no...
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    Should I quit school altogether

    If you're planning on studying physics just because it's something solid and fundamental, you're going to waste your time and money. One should only pursue physics if they REALLY love it and have a passion for it, and you don't seem to really have a good idea of what physics is like. It's not...
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    Chemistry The difference between physics and chemistry?

    What your teacher said is true, but if you want to go that far than literally everything except math is physics, and even that could be said to be a result of biology like psychology was in that picture above. They're different fields for a reason, of course nature doesn't care about our...
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    How can I talk to an Academic or Lecturer?

    Ok, that definitely helps. I know this probably isn't what you want to hear but physics at higher levels is very much a totally different beast from the physics you'll see in high school, so make sure that you keep your options open as you're just not in a position to know for sure if you really...
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    How can I talk to an Academic or Lecturer?

    Being an academic is not a subject. That's almost as general as saying that you want to have a job when you grow up. What kind of subjects do you like? How much education do you have right now? What are your strengths and weaknesses in, well, everything?
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