May I be exempt from this exam?
It really comes down to this. In von Baeyer’s extensive history of thermodynamics and all of the scientists behind it’s mysteries, he ushers the many concepts of physics to you in a delightful manner. While von Baeyer deserves credit from the scoring committee members for his vast knowledge and understanding of physics, one cannot help but question his ability to cumulatively solve practical physics problems! On an AP Physics exam, you’re not going to be asked too many conceptual and historical questions of heat and thermodynamics in general; you’re going to receive almost 100% mathematical physics problems. This is probably why the majority of the committee argued against his attempt and turned downed von Baeyer’s bid at skipping out on his exam. Nonetheless, if one of my colleagues told me that his manuscript was worth the read, I would certainly mull over it before deciding that von Baeyer must take the exam; at least read the damn thing!
Yet I must tell you, as a scoring committee member I would be so impressed with the young von Baeyer’s manuscript, I’d most likely approve his exemption for the test. Think about it – if this teenager was this gifted and knowledgeable about thermodynamics and it’s beauty, I’d certainly be more interested in helping him publish his work than to focus on a measly AP Physics exam.