AP Chemistry AND Honors Physics in the same year?

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AP Chemistry AND Honors Physics in the same year?
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Sun, 01-23-2011 - 4:30pm

My daughter will be a junior next year, and this is the sign-up period for next year's classes. Her honors chem teacher is

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Mon, 01-31-2011 - 12:11pm

You're right, Physics is almost all math, according to my oldest, who's a college freshman, and did better in math than in science (she's taking Calc as an elective in college - yikes!), so loved Physics.

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Mon, 01-31-2011 - 5:31pm

My oldest is a junior this year...she took honors chem last year and loved it. However, she had a dedicated, energetic teacher who organized study sessions, etc. My dd earned an A. This year, she's taking honors physics as a junior, along with three other AP classes. Her physics teacher is a bit of a stinker and she works VERY hard for the A that she maintains. This teacher is lazy and not at all interested in turning kids on to physics. Junior year is a tough year overall. My dd spends many hours doing homework, even to the point of giving up many social engagements. If your child knows who the teacher is for both science classes then maybe, but I think one AP science class per year may be enough.--Booklady48

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Tue, 02-01-2011 - 11:30am

I think you are confusing AP with CP.

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Tue, 02-01-2011 - 11:36am

She has decided (mostly--she hasn't actually turned in the form yet) to go with AP Chem and then take AP physics in 12th grade. She's in honors chem now and loves it, but she wants to have room in her schedule for an art elective. From everything we've heard, all the science teachers are excellent because they fire the bad ones pretty quickly.

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Tue, 02-01-2011 - 8:04pm

I am not confused.

Your AP courses are high school level courses. They might be called first year college courses in the US but, in many other coutries, they are at best Grade 12 level courses.

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Tue, 02-01-2011 - 8:06pm

She should take calculus.

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Registered: 09-19-2006
Wed, 02-02-2011 - 7:11am
Interesting. Where did you grow up and where did your kids take those useless AP classes. Did you go to university in the US? If not how did university elsewhere compare to here. I am also an engineer and my son is also going to study engineering. I wondered how useful his AP classes were.

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Wed, 02-02-2011 - 7:17am
Also I am curious about how your physics books compare. I couldn't quite follow what you were saying there. I know my son used Halliday and Reznik for AP Physics just like my husband and I did in University. It made us laugh to see they were still using the same book. Did you use more advanced texts in high school than in college? I find your comments very interesting and relevant.

Robin
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Thu, 02-03-2011 - 4:18pm

Your AP courses are high school level courses. They might be called first year college courses in the US but, in many other coutries, they are at best Grade 12 level courses.

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Fri, 02-04-2011 - 9:21am

I've never heard of anyone gettting actual college credit for an AP course, although some high schools claim you can. My point is that AP classes aren't the norm for a high school course, since most kids are in honors or CP.