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AP PhysicsIs it possible for a student who is taking AP Phyics B at school to take the...

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sassy96 | Student, College Freshman | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted September 16, 2012 at 2:57 AM via web

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Is it possible for a student who is taking AP Phyics B at school to take the AP Phyics C (self study) exam as well this year. I am only taking Pre - AP Calculus this year. I want to go to a BA/MD program. Would it help to take AP Phyiscs C for my field and would it be feasible while having only a pre ap baground of calculus?

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 16, 2012 at 1:56 PM (Answer #2)

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I am not sure physics is necessarily going to help you in your quest for an MD.  I know it is tempting to keep wanting to push yourself harder, but there is also a risk of burn-out.  I think your efforts might be better spent taking an internship or volunteering at a hospital or taking a biology or other health-related class instead.

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wannam | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted September 17, 2012 at 2:20 PM (Answer #3)

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I agree with litteacher8.  Physics isn't really a necessary course for an MD.  While I'm not familiar with the specific layout of your Physics courses, I rarely suggest a student take parts B and C of a course at the same time.  Are there other health-related courses available at your school?  I know some schools are now offering nursing classes or medical internship type courses.  Students visit hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical facilities to learn about the various aspects of the medical field.  If your school does not have such a program, you may want to seek out an internship or other volunteer program at one of your local medical facilities.

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