New Student Seeking Advice on Physics Major with Math/Physics Struggles

In summary, the individual is a high school student who is interested in majoring in physics but struggled in their junior year physics and pre-calculus classes. They are currently excelling in AP chemistry and plan to do private studying in physics and calculus. They are concerned about their high school grades affecting their ability to major in physics, but it is possible to still earn a degree in physics if they work hard and get into college.
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Hello, I am quite new to this forum and I first just wanted to say that I love it.
Now on to my question. This last year I have found myself really interested in physics and have been reading about it like crazy. The problem is last year, as a junior in high school, I had my physics class and learned next to nothing, I never paid any attention and just hated it. The same goes for pre-calc. I wish I had because now I really want to major in physics, but I am not sure its possible with such a weak study in math and physics. Any suggestions?
 
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You still have time to get back on track, you are only in high school. work hard at teh science and math and you can do OK.
 
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work hard when? I am in AP chemistry this year and its so easy, and I am making sure I learn everything possible in that class. Sadly I do not have a physics or calc course this year, just a terribly boring stats class =(
 
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That means it is time to do some private studying. Read up on some basic calculus and physics and obtain some freshman textbooks.
 
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If I remeber correctly, they didn't deny me being a physics major if I didn't get an A in high school physics. Matter a fact, one of my best friends while getting my Bachelors was in the physics department and hadn't taken a high school course in it. Your high school grades will partialy determine whether or not you get into college, but they won't determine your major. I stand by my previous statement, work hard, get into college, and you can earn a physics degree if you want to.
 

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