Going after it once again..what classes do I take?

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  1. MCUSNA

    MCUSNA Member

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    So, this will be my 3rd year in a row applying for the Naval Academy. I applied straight out of high school, didn't get in. I then went to the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, took English, History, Calculus, Chemistry and received the recommended grades in all those classes but yet was turned down once again. I am taking another chemistry course this summer to show my dedication to the Naval Academy and doing whatever I can to better my chances. Next year I am enrolled in Physics I with a lab, Calc II, a history course, and a language course.

    My question here is: there are two different Physics courses that I am able to take, Physics 131 and Physics 151. Both have labs.

    Here is the description for:

    Physics 131: Basic physical laws governing mechanics, heat, and sound; examples and applications from the biological sciences. Arithmetic, high school algebra, and basic trigonometry required. The recommended introductory physics course for majors in the biological sciences and related areas.

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    Physics 151:

    Kinematics, vectors and scalars, Newton's laws of motion, work and energy, impulse and momentum. Conservation laws. Collisions, oscillations, rotational dynamics, waves and sound, fluids. Use of calculus in physics; problem-solving methods.

    I am confused as to what to take?! Both are science courses and both are deemed to be challenging courses at UMass and not basic General Education classes but classes that Engineering majors take.

    Any guidance with this will help. Thank you!

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  2. USAFA_Falcon_15

    USAFA_Falcon_15 USAFA '15 Appointee

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    Take this with a grain of salt.. But in the admission process the academies state that they only will take the AP scores of Physics C. So the second course you described sounds similar to what I learned in Physics this year. So I'd say take the second one. Hope that helps.
     
  3. K_Delrosario

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    This is the course description straight from our MIDS module and the Physics course I have down for my Youngster year, Physics I-fall and Physics II-spring.

    GENERAL PHYISCS I (SP211) "The first of a two course sequence emphasizing the fundamental principles of classical physics and introduce a variety of applications. Topics include mechanics, electricity, magnetism, wave motion, fluids, sound and light. Lectures, recitations, hands-on laboratories, and large-scale demonstration lectures are employed."

    GENERAL PHYSICS II (SP212) "Continuation of SP211. See SP211 description for topics."

    In your case, you should go with Physics 151 since the Physics you will either try to take or validate here will be Calculus-based. We already took Calc I and II Plebe year which is why they slated Physics for the Youngster curriculum
     
  4. academyhopefull

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    MCUSNA

    You may want to contact your BGO to see why you weren't accepted into the academy this year. It could be academics and it could be other things like ECAs, lack of leadership, or just not enough space for you this year. Its important to know WHY you weren't accepted.

    For example, my BGO told me I need to work on my academics specifically math. So I've made sure to take and do well in math classes and the rest of the plebe courses.

    If it's something other than academics then your might want to work on that also. It seems like your academics are solid, so it may be something else that kept you out of the academy. Just my 2 cents.:thumb:
     
  5. academyhopefull

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    MCUSNA

    You may want to contact your BGO to see why you weren't accepted into the academy this year. It could be academics and it could be other things like ECAs, lack of leadership, or just not enough space for you this year. Its important to know WHY you weren't accepted.

    For example, my BGO told me I need to work on my academics specifically math. So I've made sure to take and do well in math classes and the rest of the plebe courses.

    If it's something other than academics then your might want to work on that also. I know its off topic but it seems like your academics are solid. Just my 2 cents.:thumb:
     

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