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r0ss
How much of a maths expert dya need to be to do App Maths without Physics?

Hi, so I've been considering doing applied maths for a while now and I'm struggling to come to a decision. I do spanish, business, biology, chemistry, and core 3 all Higher Level. Maths is a decent subject for me, throughout the JC and over the past few weeks nothing has ever been much of a struggle that's held me back. (I'm in 5th Yr) The thing is, I have considered swapping a subject for physics but I really love biology and chemistry and I want to keep a subject like business that I can fall back on so I'm not doing all 3 sciences. I'm not 100% sure how the AM course is run, but I wouldn't be doing it myself, it'd be outside school. I'm not a brainiac, but if I put my head down for a few hours to learn something, I'm a good absorber and when it comes to maths, first of all I'm decent at it and second of all I find it really enjoyable. If you would or wouldn't recommend me doing it, please let me know as I don't want to make a decision I'll regret, especially considering the fact I'm not planning on doing physics. PS: I am aware that a lot of the course is more maths than physics and physics is not essential, but if I do it and physics is necessary in a lot of it then I wouldn't be keane doing it. Also a question, does applied maths help out with regular maths? Anything is appreciated so please let me know! Cheers


11 Comments
r0ss
r0ss
Btw I've always had a great interest in physics but when it came to subject choice it was just overtaken by one subject. So I would be interested in it!
Student124
this link gives a pretty good run down of what applied maths is and if youd like it https://thephysicsteacher.ie/Applied%20Maths/Applied%20maths%20what%20is%20it%20all%20about.docx
iva2803
iva2803
I also picked biology and chemistry instead of physics, but still took on AM. I am in sixth year and the course is not as difficult as it seems. You definitely don't need physics as I've been told that the maths in physics is extremely easy compared to AM. Doing AM will make you like maths even more and you will improve in your maths because of it. I would definitely recommend it, because it's not like hl maths, where you use formulas, its about imagining the problem and then deciphering it. Definitely recommend it, and don't do it just because you don't do physics.
Chlo_c1
Chlo_c1
applied maths is hard at first, but if you practice a lot the questions are repetitive. I'm in sixth year and i do honours maths and physics, and i take AM as an extra. It's definitely helped with physics, especially mechanics, and it also helps with maths.
Ellenxox
Ellenxox
I did applied maths for leaving cert and I never studied any physics. It's not as bad as it seems. If you're good at problem solving and at maths you should be fine!
CiaraOH
CiaraOH
im just started fifth year so cant properly judge yet, im also doing three sciences and dont mind it, applied math ive found is very different to math and id say harder for subject, id say try applied math, its a extra subject so you can always drop it later
greengators
I do App Math and Physics as well as regualr Math, and I have found that taking it has greater improved my basic alegebra and understanding as to why we do certain things in math, which has been really helpful. At the same time, I am definitely more of a math person so I dont know if that would help you. I have heard that you either 'get' AM or dont, But I really think it is definitely worth a try even if you coul just sit in on a few classes to see what it's like. If you can manage it, it can be a lot easier to obtain a high grade in than other clases like bio, which is easy to understand but just requires way more hours to remember everything. I hope this helps!
greengators
wow i just re read that paragraph after posting it and if you didnt believe math to english before there is your proof
Erniebert
Erniebert
If you found maths easy enough at Junior Cert level then you shouldn't really have any major problems with Applied Maths. Personally, I don't do physics and it's not an issue, I've only encountered two questions where you would need to know a small amount of physics, but it's very straight forward. The questions in Applied Maths are very repetitive and there's only a finite amount of questions they can ask you and each question is on a set topic so it's not a case of "oh I studied relative velocity, where's the relative velocity question?" Applied Maths is certainly a subject that you can pick up outside of school and you'd probably be done the course before your subjects in school. To conclude, if you're getting at least a H2 in Maths and are generally good at problem solving, then you shouldn't have any major difficulties in Applied Maths.
SC3000
SC3000
sure ya may as well do it
r0ss
r0ss
i completely forgot i posted this, but cheers to all of ye!! i think i'm gonna give it a go and see how i find it, thanks!
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