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Leaving Cert: A 'very fair, well balanced' paper for Higher Level Physics students

Published 15/06/2015 | 13:12

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A very fair, well balanced paper, with plenty of choice for students was how teacher, Pat Doyle described the Leaving Certificate Physics Higher Level paper.

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Mr Doyle of Dublin’s  Institute of Education said that , unlike previous years, there was nothing nasty or unexpected on the paper.

He said Q9, which featured a photograph of Ed Sheeran, showed the examiner trying to appeal to young people’s fondness for music.

“It was an interesting question on sound and musical instruments, and was a nice example of how physics is a part of everyday life”,  he said.

Boyle’s Law came up for the third time in five years,  which, while it may have caused some a surprise,  it was a pleasant one, as  it was  a “nice straightforward question”, he said.

He said Q2 on heat was more or less as expected , as there hadn’t been a heat experiment on the paper for five  year, while Q3, on measuring the wavelength of light, was “nice”.

In Section B, Mr Doyle described Q7 on x-ray and the photoelectric effect as “very nice and would have been anticipated by most students”.

On the other hand, Q11, which referenced Nikola Tesla and electromagnetic induction - a topic a lot of students would be inclined not to study, he said.   However, the upside was that  for  anyone who did, “it was a nice, accessible question”.

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