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Aims

The aim of the Leaving Certificate Mathematics course is to help to provide students with Mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding for everyday life. It develops their problem solving and communication skills and their ability to handle abstractions and present logical arguments. It is intended to build on and develop those skills already learned at Junior Cycle Level.


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Syllabus


Junior Cycle

  • Higher Level New Concise Maths Book 1 & 2, George Humphrey, Gill & McWilliams
  • Ordinary Level New Concise Maths Book 1, George Humphrey, Gill & McWilliams
  • Maths Tables
  • Calculator
  • Geometry Set




Senior Cycle

  • Higher Level New Concise Maths Book 4 & 5, George Humphrey, Gill & McWilliams
  • Ordinary Level New Concise Maths Book 3, George Humphrey, Gill & McWilliams
  • Maths Tables
  • Calculator
  • Geometry Set



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Some of the resources used in class.

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Time Table


Leaving Certificate
Years 4 & 5 have 6 classes per week.

Junior Certificate
Years 1, 2, and 3 have 4 classes per week.

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Transition Year Maths


This programme endeavours to clarify Mathematical techniques which are problematic for students, to give Mathematics a tangible face by transposing from the abstract to the concrete through wide ranging applications and to enlarge the student’s mathematical scope by exposure to concepts not previously met.

Difficulties with basic mathematical techniques hinder a student’s programmes not only in mathematics but in any mathematically based subject. A thorough understanding of fundamental mathematical principles is of paramount importance for any student embarking on a technology based career, be it in any form of science or engineering or on a career in Business Studies.

Transition year affords an ideal opportunity to strengthen basic mathematical skills. It also provides time to let the student become aware of the practical applications of mathematics and to explore the subject itself.

This programme will show students the relevance of mathematics and that when presented in a practical context students should find mathematics not as difficult a subject as many believe. This is an important psychological barrier to break down as many students are ‘switched off’ to mathematics even before they begin to study the subject.

Contents



  • Permutations and combinations
  • Probability
  • Calculation
  • Graphs
  • Algebra
  • Trigonometry


A section including percentages, statistics, financial mathematics, area and volume may also be included.

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