7 Jun 2020

Self Hosting

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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...
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17 May 2020

Dicey Dungeons

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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...
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2 Mar 2020

Lidl Bananas

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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...
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25 Feb 2020

Lent

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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....
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23 Feb 2020

Calculators, Help or Hindrance to Mathematical Education?

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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”...
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15 Feb 2020

The “New Standard” in Science Education

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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...
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31 Jul 2019

Leaving Cert Applied Maths Higher Level 1979

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[Click Here For Solutions] 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...
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3 Jul 2019

Leaving Cert Applied Maths Higher Level 1978

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[Click Here For Solutions] Question 1 A driver starts from rest at and travels with a uniform acceleration of m/s for seconds. He continues with uniform velocity for seconds, and then decelerates uniformly to rest at   in a further seconds. Express the distance in terms of and . Another driver can accelerate at m/s...
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26 Jun 2019

Adventure Rooms Dublin

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So, myself and a bunch of teachers had a go of the Adventure Room in Dublin, the 5 of us attempted “The World Trip” room. We have heard of these escape rooms before and we thought it sounded rather interesting. Basically I would describe it a sort of Crystal Maze although much more interesting and...
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24 Jun 2019

Leaving Cert Applied Maths Higher Level 1977

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[Click Here For Solutions] Question 1 (i) A car starts from rest at and moves with constant acceleration metres/second. Three seconds later another car passes through travelling in the same direction with constant speed metres/second, where . Draw a velocity/time graph for the two cards, using the same axes and the same scales. (ii) Hence,...
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