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AP Physics B self study?

  1. Oct 20, 2013 #1

    It has come to my attention that the AP Physics B test is being replaced with AP Physics 1 and 2 for the 2014/15 school year. I'm currently a junior in high school enrolled in a CP Physics course, and I had planned to take AP Physics B in my senior year. However, with these changes, I obviously don't have two years to take both the AP Physics classes (assuming my school will continue to fund these classes).

    Also, I would like to add that I am currently taking AP Calc AB and AP Stats. I plan to take AP Calc BC next year and later major in aerospace or mechanical engineering. I am not looking to simply 'skip' physics in college, but I don't want to feel like I have only taken half a course by only taking AP Physics 1.

    Should I self study and attempt to take the AP Physics B exam this year? Or should I continue with AP Physics 1 next year? Do you have any other suggestions?

  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 22, 2013 #2
    First of all, think of what it is you want to do.

    If you want to skip college courses, you will need AP physics C (and probably more self study).

    If all you want is to get a taste of physics and let admissions officers see that you at least took some HS physics, then regular or B level physics serve the same purpose.

    Something to remember, though, is that what you self study in senior year does not count for admissions.

    If you self study B this year, what will you take next year?
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