Leaving Certificate Applied Mathematics is a subject based on mathematical physics. It is studied and assessed at Ordinary and Higher levels. Applied Mathematics essentially uses mathematics to solve real life scenarios in an applied way. For example, students will examine speed/velocity of incoming trains & likelihood of them colliding or the correct angle to fire a canon in order for it to hit a target.
The subject has a strong overlap with physics and of course mainstream mathematics.
Examples of topics studied are:
Student prerequisite knowledge.
Students who choose applied mathematics should have a strong understating of Higher Level Junior Certificate Maths, a good ability to problem solve and of course an interest in physics.
School subject timetable:
Students will have 3 single and 1 double class weekly.
Students will have regular class tests on topics encountered. The Leaving Cert exam consists of 10 questions of which students need only answer 6.
Along with an obvious career path in Mathematics and Physics, students who study the subject can branch into engineering, architecture or any of the other sciences.