Wednesday 25 April 2018

Applied math advantage for physics paper

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Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

Applied maths students would have had a distinct advantage in a question about a golf ball leaving the ground at a particular angle in the Leaving Cert physics paper, teacher Ger Curtin felt.

Pat Doyle of the Institute of Education Dublin agreed and thought it debatable whether it was on the syllabus. He said students may have found it slightly challenging.

But both Mr Doyle, and Mr Curtin from Beneavin College, Finglas, Dublin and the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI), regarded it as a fair paper.

Mr Doyle felt that the last part of each Section A question was a little tricky and required a deeper understanding.

Meanwhile, he said Section B will have rewarded a hard working student.

Mr Curtin welcomed the Section B focus on the application of physics in everyday situations such as the use of blood pressure monitors.

While 7,400 students were entered for physics, fewer than 500 sat the combined physics/chemistry papers.

Irish Independent

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