Applied Mathematics is offered to Leaving Certificate students in Castleknock College.
It is a two-year programme and is available for study at both higher and ordinary levels.
At higher level, students study eight topics (linear motion, relative velocity, projectiles, Newton’s laws and connected particles, impacts and collisions, circular and simple harmonic motion, moments of inertia and differential equations), answering six questions in their Leaving Certificate exam. The course is concise and leaves time for plenty of revision in 6th Year. The exam is also clearly structured and provides students with choice and some level of predictability.
At ordinary level, students study seven topics (simple harmonic motion, moments of inertia and differential equations are not studied but statics is), answering six questions in their Leaving Certificate exam. A clear exam structure provides students with choice and predictability.
Students who have obtained an A or high B grade at higher level in Maths in their junior cycle and Transition Year studies and who have a keen interest in using Maths to solve practical problems are ideal candidates for Applied Maths. The course can be enjoyable and rewarding and can be a useful stepping stone for students interested in pursuing a third level course in subjects such as engineering, financial mathematics and the natural and social sciences.
- Applied Maths students may take part in the annual Applied Mathematics Table Quiz organised by the Irish Applied Maths Teachers’ Association. Each team has two 6th year students and a 5th Year student. In 2013, Castleknock College won this competition for the first time.
- There are three gold medals given annually by the IAMTA to the top three students in Leaving Cert Applied Maths.