Applied Maths is used to help understand the real world by using different mathematical models to help us understand and solve everyday problems. It is used in such a diverse fields as engineering, business, finance, physics, biology, economics, environmental studies, chemistry, political studies, medicine etc.
The Applied Mathematics courses at Leaving Certificate is really a course on Mathematical Physics, where the Mathematics is based around solving Physics problems.
This is one of the many branches of Applied Mathematics which enhances students problem solving skills using the following steps:
Analyse the problem
Represent the problem mathematically
Solve the problem using maths
Understand how your answers can be applied to real life situations.
The course is suitable for any of the following students:
Those considering studying Engineering in college.
If you good at Maths (an H1 or H2 standard at LC Higher level) and enjoy a challenge.
Students that are studying Leaving Certificate Higher Level Maths & Physics – there is some overlap.
Motion: displacement, velocity, relative velocity
Newton’s laws of motion; acceleration
Straight line motion; inclined plane; connected particles
Equilibrium under concurrent forces
Centre of gravity
Pressure in liquids; Archimedes’ principle
Projectiles; projectiles on inclined plane
Angular velocity; uniform circular motion
Conservation of momentum; direct collisions; oblique collisions
Simple harmonic motion
Rigid body motion; moments of inertia; angular momentum