Mixed reaction to 'challenging' Leaving Cert higher level maths paper
Students will have a mixed reaction to the Leaving Certificate higher level maths paper, according go teacher Aidan Roantree.
“There was enough to get a pass grade in Section A, but some of the questions, especially in Section B, were quite challenging, “ he said.
Mr Roantree of the Institute of Education, Dublin said many students would have been thrown by the occurrence of trigonometric functions in Question 9, as this topic would have been expected on Monday’s Paper 2.
He said that after a complete absence last year, financial maths made its widely predicted return in a long question in Section B.
Mr Roantree said the paper will forever be known as the ‘exponential paper’, because exponential functions appeared in numerous places.
Among his comments on Section A, Mr Roantree said the algebra question was a nice one for students who had taken the trouble to review this method.
He described Question 2 as nice , while Question 4 “was possibly the most difficult question in Section A”
He said Question 5 was straight forward question and overall, Question 6 wasn’t too difficult
In Section B, Mr Roantree said Question 7 was accessible and an interesting deviation in Question 8, on financial maths, was the requirement for a weekly rate of interest
Question 9, on trigonometric functions, was the one most students would have expected to appear on Paper 2, he said. “Although it was straight forward , some students may not have prepared for this yet.”.
Eamonn Toland of TheMathsTutor.ie described the paper as “mostly straightforward with a few testing elements” and some “ interesting twists for the high fliers to show off”
He thought Question 4, about a science experiment, was probably the trickiest question in the Concepts and Skills section. “Quite a wordy question which tested students' ability to apply their knowledge of exponentials and geometric series, “ he said
He described Question 8 as nice and said it would make up for last year when there was some controversy because financial maths was largely ignored.
He said Question 9, about tidal ranges in a harbour, was similar to questions from previous year.