AP Chemistry AND Honors Physics in the same year?

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Registered: 05-27-1998
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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Registered: 05-13-1998
Mon, 01-24-2011 - 1:31am
I took both AP bio and AP physics in the same year along with AP lit and AP art history. I loved that year but that's just me. Chemistry and Physics together is tough but there is something to be said for getting them all done with at once!
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Registered: 05-27-1998
Mon, 01-24-2011 - 10:09am

My school didn't even offer AP classes (back in the 70s), so this is all new to me. She's thrilled with the idea of taking those classes, so I don't want to stand in her way, but as a mother, I also see how much pressure she puts on herself.

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Registered: 12-16-2003
Mon, 01-24-2011 - 1:55pm
My dd is a Junior and taking 3 AP and one honors course and is doing very well. She is not taking an AP science though. I am sure that if she likes science, she will do very well.

Ramona  Mom to 2 great kids and wife to one wonderful hubby since 1990!

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Mon, 01-24-2011 - 6:41pm

Thank you! I know our school supposedly limits the number of AP classes you can take each year, but kids who want to take more always get around the limits.

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Registered: 03-22-1999
Tue, 01-25-2011 - 4:14pm

I think that if *she* wants to take AP chem and Honors Physics in the same year, it will be okay.

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Wed, 01-26-2011 - 9:15am

There's a difference between taking a few AP classes, one of which is a science class, and taking two AP/honors *science* classes at once.

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Fri, 01-28-2011 - 4:32pm
I know exactly what you mean and I discouraged my son from taking all the AP courses that he wanted to, but he still took most of what he wanted. I am glad he did because I think that they were the classes he liked most. Last year he took AP Calc AB and AP Calc BC. This year he is taking AP Physics, AP Bio, and AP Stats. Except for Stats they were all very challenging for him. I would let her do what she wants. I know that I worried unnecessarily about him taking all those AP classes.
Robin
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Registered: 05-27-1998
Sat, 01-29-2011 - 1:18pm

Your question about her career is a good one. I don't think she really knows. She does love science, but she also loves other things, except math. She totally hates that. I think she wants to keep her options open for when she does have to choose. She is looking at taking 4 AP classes next year, which is why I don't think she needs to add physics. I think the teacher's nagging isn't so much to coerce her as to encourage her--science teachers love it when they get a kid who is enthusiastic.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
Sat, 01-29-2011 - 1:26pm

Your daughter sounds a bit like mine. I totally get the talking her off the edge thing--it happens quite a bit here. She does love science and *may* want a career in it. But she also loves writing and *may* want a career in that.

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Registered: 04-16-2009
Sat, 01-29-2011 - 4:07pm

Chemistry and Physics, at the same time? Here, most kids in Grade 12 do that with no problems. Knowning the level of AP Physics, I see no problem with this. AP Physics is not that hard.

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