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CherryBlossom
Thoughts on Applied Maths?

I am currently trying to decide what Leaving Cert subjects I should pick and I’m curious to know people’s thoughts on this subject.


19 Comments
jwalsh100
jwalsh100
my sister was really good at maths and done it but she found it really difficult and ended up getting a H6 for the leaving cert. that was just her though
D1380
D1380
if you're already doing higher level maths and physics and are looking for an extra subject to take on, applied maths is the most convinient but dont see the subject as easy, you have to work just as hard at it. the paper is very predictable aswell since theres a question on every topic so thats a plus.
Cian Gargan
Bad idea
CherryBlossom
Thanks guys! What abt Geography?
alexbourke2000
lol no. unless u want to be learning pages of essays then go for it. if i were u id pick applied maths
mrfonsy
mrfonsy
Hi, applied maths is a short course that you can learn it in 2 weeks is difficult at the beginning but easy to catch it back
MeganCoolahan
2 weeks? Hardly
deviledeggs
it took me three days to complete question 1 and 2 fully
Aoife_9776
It can be really frustrating but really satisfying when you fully understand something or get a question out. It will be helpful in college if you want to do anything in maths, physics or engineering.
CherryBlossom
Thanks! Is it a good option even if i dont do Physics?
katieduggan17
I’m doing both applied maths and physics. Even though there is a good be of a cross over your physics doesn’t help all that much. Unless you’re amazing at maths and willing to put a lot of effort in i wouldn’t suggest taking it the questions are unneccasarly difficult
123456789Max
i personally find it very easy and interesting and it will give you a big advantage going into any Mathsy courses for university
jonacraig
jonacraig
I think your better off doing ag science as an extra subject
CaptainQuicksilver
I honestly think it depends on you. Your interests, your abilities and your motivation would make it a different experience from another student. Most schools do it as an extra-curricular subject so it would require a significant amount of motivation to do a lot of work on your own, without much homework or class tests to watch out for. Do you need to be doing physics? Definitely not. There are a small amount of students not doing Physics in my Applied Maths class and I haven't noticed a massive skill-gap between students who do Physics compared to those who don't. The cross-over benefits a Physics student because you could do a question on, for example, linear motion in your Physics exam and it will be very easy in comparison. Mechanics (the Applied Maths-y portion of Physics) only takes up a small part of Physics though. Have you talked with your school counsellor? I was reccomended Applied Maths because I showed a high aptitude for Abstract Reasoning. I am doing Geography and I much prefer Applied Maths but that's down to my interests and my aptitudes. Kudos to you for taking the time out to actually figure out what subjects you want to do! If you would like an insight into what the work is like give me a heads up.
Binx
Binx
Not taking physics has nothing to do with applied maths. The only thing they have in common are some derivations of formulae in Question 1 - which take minutes to learn off. There's lads in my class getting H1's without opening a physics book once.
Ellenpower23
lots of people who take applied maths wind up dropping it some tines the questions are totally manageble but sometimes there extremley abstract a d complex its my least favourite subject by far
wasCF
wasCF
You’d have to be at least H2 standard (if not H1) in Trigonometry, Calculus and Algebra in Maths for it to be a worthwhile choice. Probability and Statistics are useless for it, but Geometry and Co-ordinate Geometry does come into play a lot of the time (but you don't really need to be very good at them). Not an easy one to do in a year (but still doable). My opinion is that while the course may be short, straightforward and relatively easy, the exam papers are really, really hard (much harder than the maths ones) and that is where the difficulty lies. For Maths it's kind of the opposite of that. The marking scheme is a tad harsher than Maths in that attempt marks aren't given out as easily. The paper is more predictable than Maths, yes, but there aren't nearly as many easy questions than there are in maths (think of it being the hardest parts of questions in a maths papers (generally only worth around 60 marks per paper) being worth the whole 300 marks in Applied Maths. So think carefully about it, it's not the doddle that a lot of people think it to be.
PresSheila
I did applied maths from 5th year to maybe october of 6th year. I do higher level physics and maths and would be getting h1/h2 grades in these subjects but i really struggled with A.M - the qs are just really difficult/ phrased in a vague way (it isn't step by step like maths). I'd say to do it for a while if you want - i just decided it wasnt worth it for me. You can always drop it later on if it isnt working out.
pauluxkrungla
I am doing ap maths. I love maths but I find applied maths really difficult. The good thing about it is that you have lots of time to revise as the course is pretty short. The exam is pretty predictable because different questions are based on spacific chapters but most of the time they give you a huge lump of information and then ask you to work out different things so you have to figure out yourself what information to use which sometimes is pretty confusing. When I was choosing my subjects I thought that its gunna be grand If you want to challenge yourself a little its perfect.
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