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General HS/College Physics Questions

  1. Nov 13, 2009 #1
    Hello fellow members... I'm new to the forum(s).
    And yes, I'm a little young, I'm 13, but why not get a head start and indulge myself in endless knowledge, eh?
    Yes, my username is Einstein backwards and the first 3 numbers of pi without the decimal point.
    Go figure.

    Okay, just to clear things up:
    My prospective high school doesn't offer AP Physics C (what a pain), nor AP Stats. Without further ado:

    1. Should I cram self-study Physics C with all my other tough courses in Junior year, or place it in the much less stressful senior year to devote it more time...but we submit college applications in Junior year, right? (Yes, I've planned out the next 4 years of my life.)

    2. How many more math classes do you have to take for a Math major with a Physics major?

    3. Is AP Stats really needed for a Physics/Math double major?

    4. Does AP Calc BC count as College Calculus 1 or 2, and how many college equivalent semesters?

    5. I really like Astrophysics... I hate Geometry... Algebra is interesting. Will I hate my job for the rest of my life if I shoot for Physics or will I be okay with it?

    6. Is Differential Equations completely separate from college calculus? Which normally comes first, Calculus 2/3 or Differential?

    Danke schön.
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2009
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  3. Nov 13, 2009 #2


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    Let me give this a crack. No, no, no, no, and no. Wait that doesn't work..

    1. No, combining craming and self-studying into anything is never good
    2. Many many. Physics majors do end up usually being 1 or 2 classes away from getting a math minor in the first place. However getting the 2nd bachelors takes a bit more doing, at least another years worth of courses if not 2.
    3. No, actually no AP course is required to do anything. All it does it get you one low level class out of the way (and in the case of stats, that might not get anything out of the way) ahead of time.
    4. This is 100% college specific. Some will get you the first 2 semesters with Calc ABC, some may give you no credit at all for anything, it's entirely dependent on what university you look at.
    5. You're way too young to think this far ahead. Then again, one can probably safely say "no" since i've never heard anyone who does physics say "I hate my job because of *some sort of math*". If you never do grow to like (or at least accept) the mathematics, you'll switch to another major at some point.
    6. Differential equations is after (at least in every case I've heard, I believe people do take it concurrently with it though) and separate.
  4. Nov 13, 2009 #3
    Thank you...
    You're right, I didn't think putting Physics Junior year would be the greatest thing to do...
    Ha. I find this strangely amusing, I'm not even in high school yet, and I bother over things decades away.
    Still, I do like to have an idea of what I'm doing.
  5. Nov 13, 2009 #4


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    Only if you're planning to graduate from high school at the end of your junior year. :wink:
  6. Nov 13, 2009 #5
    Don't be worried if you can't take physics at your high school. You can always take an algebra based physics course your first year in college, then start the calculus series of physics. You should try to take all the math you can in high school. Most physics degree plans start with Calculus the first semester (or quarter) you enroll.
  7. Nov 13, 2009 #6
    I would be able to, but who would want to pass up senior year?
    That's good news... more time to think...
  8. Nov 14, 2009 #7
    seriously you're way too young to be worrying about college... the best way to get into college is to NOT think about it (ok you can plan) for your first 2 years then start the middle/end of junior year tackling the issue rather than worrying about it the first two years because...

    A) You will do poorly because you will be GPA conscious
    B) You won't have as much fun as the guy who has a level head but is not engrossed in the issue
    C) You will do activities/clubs etc. that you think colleges "want" you to do... hurting your originality... and thus your chances in the long run

    I am currently a high school junior and i wish i heeded this advice in freshman year, and took more risks than i did.... high school is about exploring and growing, not getting into college... trust me
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