Applied Maths

Tips for Students

        Applied Maths is a fantastic subject. It goes very well hand-in-hand with Maths, because it’s all about problem-solving (an important part of the Leaving Cert Maths course).

        Applied Maths is not just for the Leaving Cert, it is for life. If you do take on this wonderful subject, you will pick up skills that will help you in later life, whether you study business, medicine, engineering, law, Maths or whatever. Nowadays, Applied Maths graduates are snapped up by the banks and investment companies, because Applied Maths students have the skills that these companies require: to solve complex problems using mathematics as the tool.

        Many students study Applied Maths outside the timetable. Some study it on their own without help. It can be done. Go for it! The book will be a great help.

The textbook Fundamental Applied Mathematics is (by a long way) the best-selling Applied Maths book in Ireland. It has plenty of well-graded exercises to suit all students. It explains the concepts in simple terms, making this subject reasonably accessible.  The new syllabus (which commenced in 2021) is a wonderful blend of traditional mechanics and 21st Century networks, as well as difference equations.  It’s cool.  The Third Edition of Fundamental Applied Maths covers all the new cool stuff thoroughly and clearly.  
If you got Higher Level Maths for the Junior Cert and if you like solving problems, then this is the subject for you. You don’t have to be an Albert Einstein to do it. It is challenging, but the course is reasonably short – but you have to cover 100% of the syllabus, as you have to answer all the questions in the Leaving Cert exam – there is no choice. Furthermore, if you like coding, you’ll like Applied Maths because much of the new material covers algorithms which could be adapted for coding.  

The topics at Higher Level are: Accelerated linear motion, Projectiles, Connected Particles, Collisions, Energy & Power, Circular Motion, Difference Equations, Differential Equations, Networks & Graphs, Optimal Paths. There is a project which will be submitted by each student in 6th Year.  This accounts for 20% of the marks.  There is a chapter about doing the project in the new edition of Fundamental Applied Maths.

As yet, no sample paper has been issued by the NCCA, SEC or DES.  But in the textbook, there is a revision exercise at the end of each topic, with eight questions as they might appear on the Leaving Cert Exam.

The Irish Applied Maths Teachers’ Association awards three Gold Medals (with a bursary of €500 towards university education) to the three top students each year in the Leaving Cert Applied Maths exam. The prizes are kindly sponsored by the Ray Kearns Benevolent Fund and the Institute of Education.

Applied Maths Papers

Leaving Cert Applied Mathematics - Higher Level Papers and Answers from 1999 to 2021. If you are interested in purchasing these papers, please contact Oliver Murphy via email: [email protected] or by using the contact form at the bottom of this page. Papers cost €10 and all donations will be used to support students at school in Ambo, Ethiopia and the SVP in Ireland.