I'll try not to rant too much--but I am sure most of you have heard of "Advanced Placement" courses and exams? Yes... Well ever since I first took physics as a 9th grade student, I became enthralled and realized I might want to major in it someday...well I thought I might take the AP course offering (AP Physics B) at our high school. Well I went for a long time (I am now a senior) thinking I'd be able to take it. Well I got behind 1 year in math. So now I cannot take the class at school. I've talked to several teachers at different schools and they all tell me different things... "For physics B, you need precalc" or "no, no, for physics B you don't need precalc at all! You only need Algebra II." Or "Just trig." Some even say "You need all the way up to calc." Well which is it? I'm really confused. My very uber-smart friend agreed to teach me the class enough to take the AP Exam in private though...I got quite lucky. I just wanted to take the class to have a better understanding of what advanced physics is like so that I might be able to figure out if I really want to pursue it in college...even if AP is like taking physics 101. I hate it when students take 3 or more APs in highschool just because they want it 'on their transcript.' I loathe the history APs for the reason that the class is the same length as any regular H.S. class but they're doing twice as much material so it's all going at a breakneck speed! I took AP Chem last year (11th grade) and I did alright in the course but I only got a 2 on the exam. (But I am also a terrible test taker.) Anyway I didn't mean for this to be all about me but if there are any high school students here, post your hate toward (or love for ) APs here.