Senior Class Schedule?

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  1. dlee96

    dlee96 Member

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    Currently I am a HS junior and am planning for my senior year.

    I am planning to take AP Spanish, AP Chem, regular language arts, but I am not too sure on my other 3 classes.

    I am stuck in a dilemma with math. I am taking AP Calc BC (right now) and am deciding between AP Stats or Calc 3/4 at my local university

    For my remaining 2 classes, they are open for anything.

    Thoughts, suggestions? :thumb:
     
  2. prthaler

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    All of your planned classes sound excellent. I'll offer my advice and I'm sure some people will disagree. Obviously, you want to challenge yourself, as all of us do. Keep in mind that Junior year is the most difficult year, and therefore the most important. You want to perform the best now and leave the easier stuff to your senior year. While you do want to show that you can take a challenging course load, you do not want to over extend yourself and jeopardize an appointment because of D or a C, in your senior year. I found myself in the same position that you are in, but last year. I chose to take Calc 2 and 3 because I figured it would look better on my app. Big Mistake. I consider myself to be pretty talented at complex math, but this grew to be too difficult (because of combination of teaching, other activities, and perfecting my portal), so I dropped the class. I would recommend that you take AP Stats. I recommend this for several reasons. 1.) it is still an AP math class that is fairly difficult 2.) Calc 2/3 is not needed and if you were to validate it, you would be stuck in an even harder math class 3.) Calc 2/3 runs the risk of jeopardizing an appointment based on poor performance. Take this extra time that you would spend in Calc 2/3 and use it to perfect your leadership and physical scores, all while enjoying your senior year. Best of luck!

    Also, I see you live in Detroit, which is ~45 min from me. PM me if you need any Michigan specific help (i.e. regional commander contact, ideas for senior summer EC's, etc.)
     
  3. tug_boat

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    Math

    Have you taken ACT/SAT test yet? I so what was the results?


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  4. GoBlue1984

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    I'd agree with prthaler, take AP Stats. I was an Electrical Engr in college and can attest that the second year of Calc is rough. I think that I spent as much time in the Prof's office during office hours, as I did in the classroom. Stats is good background even if you end up in a less technical major.

    You didn't mention if you have taken Physics. That is another option although as a warning, AP Chem is typically a difficult class, and you want to be careful to not overload. Those first semester grades are going to be looked at by the academy.
     
  5. dlee96

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    @prthaler
    Thanks for the advice, and my mistake, I actually live in MI-08

    @tug_boat
    I took the ACT and got a 31 (29 E, 32 M, 32 R, 32 S, 9 W) but I studied up a lot and took it in Feb. and I'm pretty sure I got a 33-34 (took old tests and got 35s on english, and much higher scores in other sections)

    @GoBlue1984
    I agree with your statement as well. Also, I took physics my sophomore year but it's not for me
     
  6. tug_boat

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    dlee, you math score looks solid. If you can bring it do it. As for class I think Stat would be fine and th phyisics would be good too. As you know Chem is the Plebe killer.

    Good Luck

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  7. dlee96

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    @tug_boat
    Yeah, I'll definitely try harder in AP chem knowing that it's a killer, thanks
     
  8. ameisen_zug

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    Hi all, I have a question similar to the original topic of this thread.

    I'll be switching highschools next year. I have already taken Standard level Calculus 1 at my previous highschool my junior year.

    Class registration for my new school starts fairly soon and my two choices for advanced Math classes are AP Stats and AP Calc AB. As I have already taken Calc 1 I'm unsure how to proceed for the next semester.

    Should I take AP Calc AB, self study for the BC portion of the exam and take the BC exam at the end of the year? Or should I just simply take AP Stats?

    Going to the local Univeristy for Calc 2 or another school for Calc BC is not an option for me right now.

    Thanks
     
  9. another13mom

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    When you say Calc I, was it the stuff on the AB test or basically trig/advanced precalc? If it was AB, I'd take Stats so it doesn't look like you took the same class twice; if its an advanced precalc class, then take AP AB and self/study/test for the BC. Hard to do w/o a teacher, though you can find the class on MIT's freeware.
     
  10. BigBear

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    dlee - I would suggest stats. From what I remember, it was a relatively easy AP class. Focus on chem and give yourself a shot at validating the course during beast.

    ameisen - Take AB. It will pay off when you get to plebe year.
     

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