AP Physics C Electricity and Magnetism AP Physics C Mechanics

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AP Calculus BC

This is the course after AP Calc AB. At my school, students can take AP CalcBC without taking AB first, but it is not recommended. I would definitelysuggest taking AP Calc AB before trying your hand at BC! It’s a tricky classand is only for people who are really serious about math. Seniors are bestsuited for this class, besides the occasional daring junior.

AP Biology

This class was one of my personal favorites! It is definitely for students whoare interested in STEM in general. To prepare, you should take a normalbiology class first, as well as a chemistry class. AP Biology is fast paced,but there are tons of labs that make it really interesting. If you areconsidering a career in the lab sciences, you should try to fit this course inbefore college. Juniors and seniors are best suited for this class, as I wouldnot recommend taking it without normal bio and chemistry. This class alsoinvolves basic statistics, but you do not need to have taken statisticsbeforehand.

AP Chemistry

I loved this course as well, and it’s what helped me choose my career path! APChem is a difficult class, but it’s worth it if you are at all interested inthe sciences. The labs are very fun, and the subject matter is also reallyinteresting. There is more math involved in this one than in AP Bio, but it’snot too difficult. I’d recommend students take normal bio and chem beforetaking AP Chem as juniors or seniors.

AP Environmental Science

This is another interesting AP class that is not too difficult. Many studentsat my school take this course when they want another science class but don’tknow what to take. There aren’t really any prerequisites, but I wouldrecommend taking normal biology first. This class is lab based and may includefun field trips as well. If you are a student who is interested inconservation, or simply does not want to take any of the other AP scienceclasses, APES is a great choice.

AP Physics 1: Algebra-Based

This is a class that students should highly consider if they are at allinterested in engineering. AP Physics 1 can be very challenging and requiresquite a bit of math, so if you shy away from equations, this class may not bethe right fit for you. You need to take algebra and trigonometry before thisclass, and a normal physics class is recommended. You don’t necessarily needthat normal physics class, but it can ease your transition to AP Physics 1. Iwould recommend this course for juniors and seniors.

AP Physics 2: Algebra-Based

I don’t have a ton of information about this course, but the gist of it isthat it goes deeper into the topics covered in AP Physics 1. This coursedoesn’t use calculus, as AP Physics C does, but you still need advancedalgebra and trigonometry. AP Physics 1 is also a prerequisite, and this classis only for those who are really serious about looking at a career inengineering or physics. Seniors should think about taking this class, plusjuniors who are prepared to work diligently.

AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism; AP Physics C: Mechanics

My school only offers Electricity and Magnetism, and I have not taken thiscourse myself, so I don’t have much inside info on it. Check College Board!However, I do know this class uses calculus, so you should take a calculusclass before or concurrently with AP Physics C. Once again, this course ismainly for those who are seriously considering a career in engineering orphysics, and you must take AP Physics 1 first. This is probably only a coursefor seniors and the daring junior.

AP Computer Science A

This class is really interesting and definitely recommended for people whowant to study computer science in college. You don’t have to know how to codebeforehand, although it’s recommended that you study up before the classbegins. It goes over how to use Java, and typically juniors and seniors takethis class. If you’re worried about not knowing how to code, read about thenext class.

AP Computer Science Principles

From what I’ve heard, this class is an easier version of AP CSA. It’s forbeginners and involves very basic coding. Others have told me it’s a fun classand isn’t too much work compared to other courses. Juniors and seniors tend totake this class and then go on to AP CSA, so it’s a good place to start if youwant to get into computer science.

1. If You Have AP or IPC Credit

Students with credit for:Students without AP Computer science credit should take EGR 103L ComputationalMethods.Email pratt-advising@duke.edu for assistance interpreting such credit as itpertains to course selection.

2. Chemistry Placement

* Students without AP Chemistry credit should enroll in CHEM 101DL * Students who plan to major in Civil Engineering (CE), Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Environmental Engineering (EnvE) or Mechanical Engineering (ME) have satisfied the chemistry requirement with a score of 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry exam * Students who plan to major in Biomedical Engineering (BME), and received an AP Chemistry exam: * Score of 5—Should enroll in CHEM 201DL * Score of 4—Should enroll in CHEM 101DL or CHEM 110DLSee chemistry placement guidelines »Contact pratt-advising@duke.edu for guidance on appropriate chemistryplacement.

3. All students must take EGR 101L and a Digital Computation Course

All engineering students must take: * EGR 101L Engineering Design and Communication in the fall or spring semester * A Digital Computation course. See Note 1 for information about which course to select to satisfy this requirement

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