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Independent study... with my schedule? - January 29th 2009, 04:48 PM

I'm only a sophmore now, but I already have my schedule planned out for the next two years due to the credits I need per subject, and what I want to do in my senior year

Junior Year:
Honors English 3 (or AP English 3, depending on grades)
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At my school, there is a maximum of seven classes per day (six with a study). However, in my senior year I also want to do an independent study in Calc 2. I don't know if anyone else has ever done this, but if you do an independent study, does that mean you have to have an open period, such as a study?

I'm just wondering, because I really want to take all seven of those classes in my senior year... but if I can't, I don't know what I'd get rid of (Religion, English, and Prob/Stat are NOT options - the first two are required, and the second is a math class which I OBVIOULSY want to take)

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Re: Independent study... with my schedule? - January 29th 2009, 04:51 PM

If you can I think you should delay a choice until you know AP Calc goes in your junior year, then you'll know if it's hard or not

Independent study means (at least it does here) that you do it outside of structured lessons - this can be study periods, before/after school, weekends, online etc...

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Re: Independent study... with my schedule? - January 29th 2009, 04:53 PM

My school doesn't allow independent study but it teaches up to calc III so if you went here, you wouldn't need it. That being said, I would not just have a blah ind. study period because you will wind up wasting it on something like homework for your other classes.. and if you're taking AP chem, stats, lit and latin, you will be using it on that. My advice would be to take it online through an accredited university. My friend did linear algebra via the university of wisconsin, and it worked for him and he said it was the cheapest he could find. Basically, do you problem sets and mail them to the grader, and you have people sign off to monitor your exams.

Also, AP calc BC covers calculus 1 and 2, so you'd be going into calc 3 if you're taking AP BC, if you're taking AP AB, then you're right, you need to sign up for calc 2.

Maybe you should take the calc BC exam junior year and self-study for the BC portion?


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Re: Independent study... with my schedule? - January 29th 2009, 04:56 PM

Yes, if you do an independent study, it usually means that you have an open period. Are you planning to take Calc 2 at a nearby college? If so, you would most likely need a free period OR you would take the course right after school and have a free period anyways.

Depending on what you would like to pursue in college, you should most likely keep the math class, science class, and the required classes. However, would you like to have Holocaust Studies AND Sociology? Is AP Latin important (you should keep in mind that if you plan to attend a 4-year school, most usually require at least 3 years of a language)? You could do the independent study outside of school and keep your senior schedule as is. Importantly, see how AP Calc goes next year. Good luck and it is great that you are thinking so far ahead.


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Re: Independent study... with my schedule? - January 29th 2009, 05:08 PM

I checked online to see the credits for all my classes. Apparently the class is AP Calculus AB, but it covers 1 and 3/4 years of a college class.


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Re: Independent study... with my schedule? - January 29th 2009, 05:09 PM

Oh, and the Holocaust class is only a half semester.


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Re: Independent study... with my schedule? - January 29th 2009, 05:51 PM

Calc AB does not cover 1 and 3/4 of a college calculus class in the US.

Calc AB covers the materials in Calc 1 which is a semester long class in college, Calc BC covers the materials in Calc 1 and Calc 2, which is why you get two scored on the AP exam- the Calc 1&2 score, and the Calc 1 only score. Calc 1 & 2 make up ONE YEAR of college calculus as I know it.

Next is Calc 3, which is multivariable calc. That is also a semester, and then comes Differential Equations, which is the second semester of that year. Now you have 2 years of Calculus. Calc AB does not cover DiffEq. It does not.

Maybe your school is following a whack college schedule where it takes the college 1 and 3/4ths of a year to cover what my state uni covered in one semester?

Or maybe the other way around.. maybe it thinks your school is covering 4 different college calculuses in one year? And then calling it Calc AB, and not BC?? Not possible.

Ask your school what exactly your AB course covers, and then see what of BC is left. If you are good at calc next year, you can try to self-study for the BC portion and get college credit for calcs I and II. And then, this is totally up to you, but I would take calc III online, or just wait until college.


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Re: Independent study... with my schedule? - January 31st 2009, 12:35 AM

Depending on your school, you'll most likely need a spare block for Independent Study. I took quite a few my senior year, and all of them were placed in otherwise empty blocks of my schedule.

Have you asked your guidance counselor?



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