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Anyone taking the AP Physics Tests?

  1. May 9, 2008 #1
    I saw a thread recently started about the AP Calc test. So, is anyone else out there taking any of the AP physics tests (i.e. B or C)?
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  3. May 9, 2008 #2
    I'm taking the C on Monday. Too bad the E & M starts at like 2 or something. They should just let it run the whole school day from morning to afternoon.
  4. May 9, 2008 #3
    Same, taking the C on monday. I'm hoping for 5's to get credit.
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  5. May 9, 2008 #4
    Yeah I plan on taking Physics C: Mech. and E&M on Monday.

    I dunno I don't feel as prepared as I did for calculus. But this is probably because we just finished Maxwell's equations like two days ago lol....
  6. May 12, 2008 #5
    Just got back from taking the C: Mech test. I thought it was alright, I skipped 6 MC and missed probably 4. Answered about half of the FRQ, I think I passed. :)
  7. May 12, 2008 #6
    Congrats Adam! My students took the C Mechanics today as well. I sure hope they did well!

    Have you taken the older released exams? If so, in your opinion and without going into details (because of the 48 hour rule) would you say that it was easier or harder than the 2004? Or if you are familiar with the free response only, how would you rank it compared to the previous years?
  8. May 12, 2008 #7
    I just finished taking the Physics B exam. Fewer than ten MC I didn't answer, and I answered all of the Free response.

    I'm trying to sign up for Physics C: E & M next year. Unfortunately there's not a class for it offered at my school.
  9. May 12, 2008 #8
    Yeah I did really well on the free response, and did ok on the MC for mechanics. But I completely dominated E&M :smile:
  10. May 13, 2008 #9
    the multiple choice was easier than previous years, I think the FRQ was, too. :)
  11. May 13, 2008 #10
    Oh, man. Am I (one of) the only one(s) who took the Physics B exam? Who am I going to discuss it with?

    *Sigh* I guess I'm just a dumb person.
  12. May 13, 2008 #11
    Mann I took AP C:E & M...messed up like hell in multiple choice..time juz flew...I swear 45 mins too little.
    The written(F.R) was suprisingly easy...no integrals...thank god!
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    I took C last year, got a 5 on each test. I took B this year for fun.
  14. May 13, 2008 #13
    TMM AP B for fun!?!?!?Dont u have an other APs to do?
    Btw how did u practise for the MC choice in the AP C?Which book did u use?
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    Yeah I'm taking 6, but I didn't really have to study for any of them. (US history, comp sci AB, calc BC, phys B, chem, eng lang)

    For C, I only took a couple practice multiple choices a couple days before the test. The class I took had only free response type tests, and I think it prepared me pretty well for both. I never have the time problem, though. I work really fast.
  16. May 13, 2008 #15
    No way you're not dumb. The Physics B is actually harder because it expects you to learn more material, and be nearly as proficient at it as the C exam. The mean score for the B exam is actually lower than the mean score for the C exams. The College Board is actually restructuring the B exam to make it more reasonable.
  17. May 13, 2008 #16
    Hopefully that includes adding calculus to it!
  18. May 13, 2008 #17
    Um obviously not, that's the whole point of the C exam.:rolleyes:
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    Physics B with calc wouldn't be that much more interesting, since the added topics are mainly optics, fluids, thermo, and very basic quantum mech. I guess you could add calc aspects to thermodynamics or maybe quantum mechanics, but those would be over the heads of high school calc classes.
  20. May 15, 2008 #19
    I heard the mean score for C is lot lower.And I dont think you have to be nearly as proficient in B as in C.C is a lot harder as you have to use calculus.Although B has many more topics but I heard you just have to memorise and apply the formulas.
  21. May 15, 2008 #20
    Mooney's book Physics C states the 2001 mean grades and Physics C is 3.3 and Physics B is 2.8 tied with Chemistry for being below passing average, yuck!

    Also of note Calculus BC and Spanish are the nicest with 3.6 means, well above passing.
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