Applied Maths is the study of practical applications of Mathematics to the real world and physical problems. It is typically associated with Engineering and Physics, but also finds use in Economics, Finance, Business, Environmental studies, and even Chemistry and Medicine.
The course essentially covers the Mathematics behind the behaviour of objects when placed in various situations, such as being thrown as Projectiles, bounced off walls or other objects, immersed in fluids, or swung around on a rope. There are 10 questions on the exam paper; however the exam only requires the student to complete six questions, so students can focus on six or seven topics, which makes the course and workload more manageable.
The course avoids theory-heavy questions (such as proofs and manipulating formulae), instead offering practical problems with numerical solutions, such as finding the optimal angle to throw a projectile at so that it will travel as far as possible. As a result, Applied Maths is excellent for developing strong problem solving skills, which are very valuable for future employment.
Applied Maths suits the following type of student.
- Students considering a career in any area of Engineering, Physics, Construction and Architecture.
- Students who are studying Leaving Certificate higher level Maths. This course also helps students studying Physics, due to some overlap in the course content.
- Students who need high entry points to get into university. In 2016, 20.7% of students who sat the higher level examination received a grade A1 or A2. Aside from niche languages such as Latin, Russian, and Japanese, this means that Applied Maths has one of the highest A percentage in the Leaving Cert.