17
Oct
2020

### Numerical Intuition

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We all have a Number Sense but what you may not fully appreciate is that this Number Sense is drilled into us from Primary school. We are not born with much of a Number Sense nor do we naturally develop it untaught. The only Number Sense that is pre-wired is the sense of how...Read More

19
Aug
2020

### ALL Leaving Cert Applied Maths Higher Level Solutions Since 1971!

That’s it, I’ve managed to get together all in one place every solution to every question to every Leaving Cert Applied Maths Higher Level Exam since 1971 to present. Why 1971? Well that is the first year of metric only questions therefore making it the “modern” style exam. I have no plans to put together...Read More

18
Aug
2020

### The UK is Wrong to U-turn on A-level Grades

At the moment there is a lot of fuss about the A-level grades awarded in the UK. This year, due to Covid-19 the grades awarded were based off of predicted grades from the teacher of the students. Now, what is interesting is that every year in the UK teachers must give predict grades anyway! Why...Read More

7
Jun
2020

### Self Hosting

Pingdom provides a nice tool where you can see how quickly your webpage loads. It’s a nice thing to know and normally I get speeds of 1.5 to 2 seconds however once in a while I get super low loading times. I’m not sure what the conditions are for this but I suspect there are...Read More

17
May
2020

### Dicey Dungeons

It took 67 hours but I finally finished Dicey Dungeons. It is a very Mathematically satisfying game since the core concept of the game is rolling dice to place on cards. Now, I’ve actually simplified it. The game starts off like this but builds in complexity however it still hinges on dice rolls. Anyway, it’s...Read More

2
Mar
2020

### Lidl Bananas

Lidl sells bananas, no surprise. What drives me bananas though is that the non-organic bunch of bananas is wrapped in a plastic bag (I expected better from the Germans on green issues)! This is madness to me, I’ve been trying to reduce (at least a little) my use of plastic and one way I’m doing...Read More

25
Feb
2020

### Lent

Although I do not recognize myself as Catholic (rather Protestant) I do see the value of Lent, and although I do not “do Lent” every year, this year I’m going to go pescatarian for Lent. This I guess is my version of going a bit more Vegan / part-time Vegan which is becoming more popular....Read More

23
Feb
2020

### Calculators, Help or Hindrance to Mathematical Education?

When I was a JC student (Irish middle school) we were not allowed to use a calculator in class or the exam but then the calculator was introduced for LC students (senior high school). One thing that perplexed us students at the time was this, why were we allowed to use the calculator “next year”...Read More

15
Feb
2020

### The “New Standard” in Science Education

In 2019 the two tier exam system for JC Science (Junior Cert “Middle School” Science Exam) in Ireland was replaced by a common level. So, instead of having students choose which level they want to take, i.e ordinary or higher level they now have one level to take, common level. A teacher I work with...Read More

31
Jul
2019

### Leaving Cert Applied Maths Higher Level 1979

Question 1 i) How may a velocity-time graph be used to find the distance travelled in a given time? ii) An athlete runs m in seconds. Starting from rest, he accelerates uniformly to a speed of m/s. and then continues at that speed. Calculate the acceleration. iii) A body starting from rest travels in a...Read More