Tuesday 16 January 2018

Students should be 'pleased' with ordinary level maths paper

Leaving Cert students (stock image)
Leaving Cert students (stock image)

Students will be really pleased with Leaving Certificate ordinary level maths paper, said teacher Jean Kelly.

There were no ambiguities, the questions were nice, clear and to the point ,  and students would have known exactly what to do.

Ms Kelly, of the Institute of Education, Dublin said students would also have been delighted that “the dreaded calculus was barely asked.”

She said students would have been surprised to see the Trapezoidal Rule appear on Paper 1, as generally it comes up with area and volume on Paper 2, but added that it was a  nice question .

While  Algebra featured heavily on the paper in comparison to previous years, Ms Kelly said for a course with a wide range of topics, and a large amount of material to learn, very few topics were asked.

Any well prepared student should have had no difficulties with what Eamonn Toland  of TheMathsTutor.ie. described as a “very straightforward paper”.

He felt a  lot of this paper would not be out of place for a  Junior Cert exam.  Real world topics included forensic science, a tiling pattern, and modelling the profit of a business.

“It's so hard to find anything difficult on this paper that it makes us wonder if the examiners were trying to play it safe after various controversies in recent years, “ he said..

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