We're closing in on,roughly,our 9th week at school since the Summer and we still haven't started the textbook yet.Our class is rather small with a laughable 7 students taking on Physics.All our teacher has done with us since we started back is a handful of experiments involving Linear Motion and mechanics.I'm just worried because it's an important year in preparation for the LC,which I will be sitting in 2017.I'm not really learning a while pile from doing these experiments but I understand the theory behind it pretty well as I'm also doing Applied maths as one of my subjects for the LC.Should I just start learning what I can from the book or should I play it by ear?

granners
Id start opening the text book as you want to have a bit of the course done. my class are moving fast and my teacher wants to have the whole course finished by the end of 5th year. We have already moved onto the 6th chapter and are on mechanics. I also do applied maths so i find that mechanics is pretty handy as it is more basic in the physics course than in the applied maths course. Also try doing exam questions as they are generally completely different to the questions in the book

Roberto Mane
Thanks for the advice.What do you think of applied maths?There's a real difference between it and regular maths,don't you think?

granners
Ya, personally I find it harder than honors maths, but with physics its really handy as you basically cover it a few times

Roberto Mane
The two subjects,math and applied math,crossover quite a bit too which we'll see later on when using differential equations in calculus.Our Physics teacher said the only mathematical terminology we need to know,for the course, are the trigonometric ratios and some of the standard formulae which we learned from JC along with new ones,of course.

granners
its handy though, because if you are going to study engineering they generally do a good bit of the leaving cert applied maths course in the first few weeks of college

Roberto Mane
I'm hoping to do Electronic Engineering,which branch are you going for?

granners
Civil engineering as all my subjects suit it and it seems useful to branch into many areas apart from typical engineering such as management

Dazzla16
Hey! I'm going to start attending classes for Applied Maths next week, and I was wondering what you think about it as a subject. I already do Physics, so I'm not too daunted by Applied Maths. Is there any advice you can give, apart from what you've already mentioned in this discussion page?

granners
If you don't understand the question, make sure you ask how to do it, as my class were thrown into the middle of the course at the beginning of the year and the subject seemed quite overwhelming. If you are doing both honours maths and physics and are finding them easy, its a handy subject. If you look at the amount of people getting As, in honours, about 30% get an A, which shows that if you understand the subject, you'll do relatively well

Dazzla16
Grand! I was wondering, though, what other topics from HL Maths will be extensively used in Applied Maths, apart from calculus, geometry and trigonometry? Also, how long would one question in the Applied Maths exam take?

granners
I havent done any honours questions yet but since you only have to do 6 in the exam and its 2.5 hours long, you'd have about 25 mins per question. Some questions will be easier than other and will only take you 15 mins whereas others might include other topics which you might not realise and you might night the full 25 minutes. Youd need factorising and algebra also for applied maths, but its mainly only physics formulas and related questions

Roberto Mane
Related angles is a big one for the chapter on projectiles.It's a relatively difficult chapter and you'll need to know the ASTC rule from the four quadrants on the cartesian plane.

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