Tuesday 28 February 2017

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

Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

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.

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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