Calculus or Physics

  1. I'm a Senior in HS now!!!! I'm not required to take either but was wondering what you guys would choose? I'm only going to take on of them and undergrad calc is not required @ my BSN nursing school to graduate. Does that make sense? If not, let me know and i'll clarify. So Calculus v. physics, what would you choose?

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  3. by   subec
    I really enjoyed both classes, but if I had to choose, I would probably choose physics. Can you take and AP class and test out of some hours once you get to college? I did this for English, and it really helped.
  4. by   meandragonbrett
    I wish I had this option ! My school doesn't currently offer AP classes, just honors courses, which really aren't that different. I go to a small private school, but we have a great curiculum and have never had a problem with students getting into their school of choice. My goals are to be a CRNA, I don't know if that changes your opnion or not.

  5. by   indeed
    Ohhhhh decisions decisions!!! I would have to say Calculus...but then, I was actually considering going into higher math in college. The way I figure it, once you learn how to differentiate, the rest of your life will be a breeze in comparison. Seriously though, Calc was a lot of fun. Arh wait though, so was Physics, especially since you could apply what you learned in Physics to such things as billiards and various drinking games...I'm torn. Can't you take both?! Hehe.

  6. by   Steved
    If you can only take one, take Physics. You will find the everyday applications of Physics far more useful than Calculus. Physics will also give you a solid foundation for learning Chemistry or any other science class you might take. Although Calculus would give you a solid foundation for learning Physics...
  7. by   kimtab
    I concur- take the Physics class. More fun than Calculus too!

  8. by   babynursewannab
    Hey now! Calculus rocked! I loved it. I never actually took physics though, so I can't compare the two.

    Looking at the other responses tho, I would have to agree and say physics has more application potential.

    Good luck!
  9. by   meandragonbrett
    Thanks guys! I was leaning towards physics, and that's what I'm going to do.

  10. by   elusive
    definately physics (calculus is EEVIL!!! :| )its more practical in nursing anyways. Like how much pressure to break a bone, if the glass breaks and hits the floor which shard will fly back and hit you in the eye. Besides it more fun.. experiements and such..and its practical math...gotta love math you can use!
  11. by   meandragonbrett
    Well, I'm all signed up for physics, I think I made the right choice, b\c I didn't want to take calc.! YUCK!!!! Thanks guys!

  12. by   plaefulangel
    also, the CRNA schools want you to take physics. i dont know of any nursing school that requires calculus. my goal is to become a CRNA too.
  13. by   prmenrs
    Physics--do they do gas laws? that would help. My diploma program gave us 4 clock hours of physics principles that HELPED in figuring out stuff related to actual care of pts! It was extremely helpful!! You wouldn't think just little bit would be, but it was.
  14. by   meandragonbrett
    Well, school started today, and I'm going to take calc and physics. By taking calc. I'll be able to graduate with honors.

    Thanks for the help you guys!