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Rising numbers in Applied MathsDate:
16 / 08 / 2019
Good news: the number of students sitting Applied Maths in the Leaving has broken through the 2000 mark: 2104 to be exact. Let’s hope the trend continues well into the future. It is, after all, the best subject in the Leaving. The outcomes were good for those who sat the Higher Paper: 381 of them got a H1 and 420 got H2 with a further 394 getting H3. Not bad! It was a very fair paper. Best wishes to all of those who sat the Leaving – especially to those who sat Applied Maths: it will stand to you – the skills it develops are for life not just for a day in June.
16 / 08 / 2019
New syllabus; new textbook.
There will be a new syllabus introduced in September 2021 (for examination in June 2023). Congratulations to the Syllabus Committee at NCCA for doing a great job.
• 60% of the old material remains: Acceleration, Projectiles (Horizontal plane only), Pulleys & Wedges, Collisions (Direct & Oblique), Circular Motion (horizontal & vertical), Differential equations. Gone are Relative Velocity, Statics, Hydrostatics and Moments of Inertia. New material includes Difference Equations and their applications, Networks and Graphs. There are also a few new smaller elements such as Dot Product of vectors, Drag forces = kvn, Hooke’s Law but not for SHM, Integration by Parts and by Substitution. All of these elements will be dealt with in the 3rd Edition of Fundamental Applied Mathematics which will be published early in 2021.
• There will also be a project each year in which each student will be asked to conduct an analysis on a problem. For example: Investigate the role of the conservation of energy on Day 20 of the Tour de France. 20% of the marks go for this project, which will be submitted before the exam (in the same way as the History or Geography projects are managed). Again, this new element will be dealt with in the 3rd Edition of Fundamental Applied Mathematics.
Mistake in 2016 paper!Date:
14 / 12 / 2016
The statics question on this year's Higher Level Leaving Cert Applied maths paper. In part (a) the system cannot stay static without friction. But the question says the surface is smooth. It's impossible. Students who attempted the question could get all the marks no matter how they approached it. But did it confuse the more discerning student? Impossible to say....
Interesting Trends In LC ResultsDate:
15 / 01 / 2016
Applied Maths It's great to see that nearly 2000 students took Applied Maths in the Leaving this year: 1729 took the Higher paper and a further 190 took the Ordinary Level paper. This is a lot healthier than 10 years ago when barely 1000 took this great subject. Let's hope the trend continues into the future. Of those who took the Higher Applied maths paper, 28% got and A and 76% got either A, B or C. This is also very encouraging. Maths Over the years there has been an increase in the percentage of students who take Leaving Cert Mathematics at Higher Level. This is mainly due to the extra 25 points awarded to those who pass Higher Level Maths. It seems that the percentage has now settled (or plateaued) at 27%, where it has been for the last two years. This is a healthy percentage. Much has been made of the fact that 7% of those who took the Higher paper in 2015 failed. This is probably because more students are taking a risk in taking this paper to get the 25 bonus points. There is now talk of allowing students to get points, even if they fail. This seems reasonable, as you get 70 points for getting 40% at Higher Maths but you get zero points for getting 39.5% in the same paper. Is this right?