Baggage question adds to difficulty
LC Technology & Applied Maths
While students may have found the Leaving Certificate higher level Applied Maths paper difficult, there was nothing unfair about it, said teacher Tony Magennis.
Mr Magennis, a subject representative for the Association of Secondary Teachers Ireland (ASTI) and teacher at Errigal College, Letterkenny, Co Donegal, raised "two small things".
He said question 1, about a baggage chute, involved circular motion and that may have thrown some students.
Question 10, on differential equations, involved spacecraft, which may have required students to know a little bit more about gravitation, rather than only pure maths, which is more usual, he added.
Mr Magennis described ordinary level as "very fair" although students found question 2, on relative velocity, "difficult".
Meanwhile, the Leaving Certificate higher level technology paper was described as "demanding but without surprises" by teacher Seamus Walshe.
Mr Walshe, an ASTI subject representative, said: "There was a nice linking of questions to cutting-edge real-life technological situations."
A teacher at Presentation College, Co Carlow, he said the emphasis on sustainable/alternative energy in the paper was "not surprising". But, he added that the term 'installed capacity' with reference to wind power in section B, question 2(a) (ii) may have surprised some students.
He said the ordinary level paper was quite probing, again with a nice link to real life.