The most mind-numbing, impressive, and challenging AP subject is undoubtedly science. Luckily for you, this school offers four AP sciences: Environmental, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry. Unluckily for you, that's a lot to choose from. So which AP science is right for you? We'll break it down for you here:
AP Environmental ScienceMrs. Rasmussen's classroom
Taught by Mrs. Rasmussen, AP Environmental Science (or APES for short) teaches students about how the Earth works and the different issues affecting it today, such as water and air pollution, population control, energy consumption, and different animal and plant species that are in danger of extinction. The AP test consists of 100 multiple choice questions and 4 short free response questions.
There is a short summer reading assignment from the textbook, and note-taking homework from videos and the textbook. Mrs. Rasmussen also plans on posting lecture videos online so that class time could be used for more hands-on study next year.
This class gives credit for college courses and fulfills the "D" lab science requirement for the A-Gs.
"Environmental science is going to be common knowledge in the future. By taking this class, students are going to be well educated already," Mrs. Rasmussen stresses. She recommends students take Biology, Chemistry, and/or Earth Science before taking the class.
This class has changed teachers quite a bit in the past few years, from Mr. Serio to Mrs. Daniels back to Mr. Serio, and now on to Mrs. Kelly in the fall.
This class covers course material of an introductory college biology class, from organic chemistry and cell structure to anatomy and animal kingdoms. The AP test consists of 63 multiple choice questions, 2 long essay questions, and six short answers.
Since the class changing to new hands, it's unclear what any summer assignments there are or how the homework load will be. Student in the class this year were assigned a 5 chapter summer reading/note taking assignment and the homework was mainly notes, reading, and projects.
Mr. Serio recommends this class to anyone interested in any science major in college, especially those pursuing a medical career. He also recommends Honors Chemistry and Honors Biology be taken before you take this class. Biology is often a required general education class for many schools, and if your AP score is high enough, you could save time and money. Plus, having AP Bio on your transcript looks super impressive due to the sheer challenge this class poses.
Taught by Ms. Ras, AP Physics B (not to be confused with any of the AP Physics Cs) is an introductory Physics course that covers different laws of motion, thermal and fluid mechanics, and electricity and magnetism. It is heavily math-based, with tons of equations that need to be memorized along with the conceptual physics. On the brighter side, with Ms. Ras's hands-on demonstrations, it pretty much blows your mind. The AP test consists of 70 multiple choice questions and 7 free response questions.
There is a summer assignment packet consisting of reading and a handful of problems to go with it. Homework is assigned every night, typically about 5-7 questions, with different assignments over vacations.
This class fulfills the lab science requirement and also counts as a G elective. It gives college credit depending on the school and intended major. Ms. Ras requires Chemistry, Biology, and Algebra 2 be taken before AP Physics.
Ms. Ras also recommends this class to anyone considering a career in science, engineering, or medicine, since Physics is often a required class for those majors.
AP ChemistryAP Chemistry teacher Mr. Ryan
AP Chemistry is taught by Mr. Ryan, and covers the structure of matter, states of matter, and chemical reactions. Like AP Physics, it does have a bit of math involved. The AP test consists of 75 multiple choice questions and 6 short, calculation based essays.
There is typically about half an hour of homework each night, along with a summer assignment that consists of the first 2 chapters.
Chemistry, like Biology, is almost always a general education requirement in colleges. With a score of 3 or higher, you can often bypass this requirement, saving time and money. Mr. Ryan also recommends this class because it gives valuable experience with college-level coursework, even if you don't pass the AP test.
Mr. Ryan recommends Honors Biology and Algebra 2 be taken before AP Chem. He doesn't require a previous chemistry class, however; he starts at the beginning in terms of chemistry concepts.
Written by Loralee Sepsey