My Journal

All things Mathematical
31 Jul 2019

Leaving Cert Applied Maths Higher Level 1979

Posted By

Question 1

i) How may a velocity-time graph be used to find the distance travelled in a given time?

ii) An athlete runs 100 m in 12 seconds. Starting from rest, he accelerates uniformly to a speed of 10 m/s. and then continues at that speed. Calculate the acceleration.

iii) A body starting from rest travels in a straight line, first with uniform acceleration a and then with uniform deceleration b. It comes to rest when it has covered a total distance l. If the overall time for journey is T, show that

    \[T^2 = 2l \left(\frac{1}{a}+\frac{1}{b}\right)\]

[Video Solution]

Question 2

A ship A is travelling South-West at 10 knots. Another ship B is travelling at 20 knots in a direction 30^\circ North of West.

i) Draw a diagram to show the velocity of B relative to A.

ii) Calculate the magnitude of the relative velocity, correct to the nearest knot, and its direction correct to the nearest degree.

iii) By how much should A increase its speed, without changing direction, so that B would appear to A to be travelling due North?

[Video Solution]

Question 3

a) Explain the terms: coefficient of friction, angle of friction. What is the relationship between them?

[Video Solution]

b) A uniform ladder of weight W rests with one end against a smooth vertical wall and the other end on rough ground which slopes away from the wall at an angle \alpha to the horizontal (seed diagram). The ladder makes an angle \theta with the wall.

i) Show that the reaction at the wall is \frac{1}{2}W\tan\theta.

ii) If the ladder is on the point of slipping prove that

    \[\tan\theta = 2 \tan \left(\lambda-\alpha\right)\]

where \lambda is the angle of friction.

[Video Solution]

Question 4

a) A see-saw consist of a uniform plank freely pivoted at its mid-point on a support of vertical height h. It carries a mass m at one end and a mass 2m at the other. The see-saw is released from rest with the mass 2m at its highest point. Find, in terms of h, the velocity with which the see-saw strikes the ground.

[Video Solution]

b) State the Principle of Archimedes.

[Video Solution]

c) A uniform road of length l and relative density s is freely hinged to the base of a tank containing a liquid to a depth h. The relative density of the liquid is k. As a result, the rod is inclined but not fully submerged. Derive an expression for the angle the rod makes with the horizontal.

[Video Solution]

Question 5

A plane is inclined at an angle \alpha to the horizontal. A particle is projected up the plane with a velocity u at an angle \theta to the plane. The plane of projection is vertical and contains the line of greatest slope.

i) Show that the time of flight is \frac{2u\sin\theta}{g\cos\alpha}.

ii) Prove that the range up the plane is a maximum when \theta=\frac{1}{2}\left(\frac{\pi}{2}-\alpha\right).

iii) Prove that the particle will strike the plane horizontally if \tan\theta = \frac{\sin\alpha\cos\alpha}{2-\cos^2\alpha}.

[Video Solution]

Question 6

a) A particle, moving at constant speed, is describing a horizontal circle on the inside surface of a smooth sphere of radius r. The centre of the circle is a distance \frac{1}{2}r below the centre of the sphere. Prove that the speed of the particle is \frac{1}{2}\sqrt{6gr}.

[Video Solution]

b) A conical pendulum consists of a light elastic string with a mass m attached to it which is rotating with uniform angular velocity \omega. The natural length of the string is l and its elastic constant is k, i.e. a force k produces unit extension. The extended length of the string is l' and it makes an angle \theta with the vertical. Prove that k\left(l'-l\right)=ml'\omega^2 and that

    \[\cos\theta = \frac{g}{l\omega^2} - \frac{mg}{kl}\]

[Video Solution]

Question 7

a) Two smooth spheres of masses m and 2m collide directly when moving in opposite directions with speeds u and v, respectively. The sphere of mass 2m is brought to rest by the impact. Prove that

    \[e = \frac{2v-u}{u+v}\]

where e is the coefficient of restitution.

[Video Solution]

b) A smooth sphere A collides obliquely with another smooth sphere of equal mass which is at rest. Before impact the direction of motion of A makes an angle \alpha with the line of centres at impact (see diagram). After impact it makes an angle \beta with that line. If the coefficient of restitution is \frac{1}{2}, prove that

    \[\tan\beta = 4 \tan \alpha\]

[Video Solution]

Question 8

a) Define simple harmonic motion. Using the usual notation, show that the equation v^2 = \omega^2 \left(a^2 - x^2\right) represents simple harmonic motion.

[Video Solution]

b) A body is moving with simple harmonic motion, of amplitude 5 m. When it is 4 m from the mid-point of its path its speed is 6 m/s. Find its speed when it is 2.5 m from the mid-point.

[Video Solution]

c) A block rests on a rough platform which moves to and fro horizontally with simple harmonic motion. The amplitude is 0.75 m and 20 complete oscillations occur per minute. If the block remains at rest relative to the platform throughout the motion, find the least possible value the coefficient of friction can have.

[Video Solution]

Question 9

a) State the theorem of parallel axes.

[Video Solution]

b) Prove that the moment of inertia of a uniform rod of mass m and length 2l about a perpendicular axis through one of its end is \frac{4}{3} ml^2.

[Video Solution]

c) A uniform rod of length 6l is attached to the rim of a uniform disc of diameter 2l. The rod is colinear with a diameter of the disc (see diagram). The disc and the rod are both of mass m.

i) Calculate the moment of inertia of the compound body about a perpendicular axis through the end A.

ii) If the compound body makes small oscillations in a vertical plane about a horizontal axis through A, show that the periodic time is 2\pi\sqrt{\frac{123l}{20g}}.

[Video Solution]

Question 10

a) Solve the differential equation

    \[x \frac{dy}{dx} = - y .\]

Hence or otherwise solve


where y=0 when x=1 and y=3 when x=e.

[Video Solution]

b) A body is moving in a straight line subject to a deceleration which is equal to \frac{v^2}{10}, where v is the velocity. The initial velocity is 5 m/s. In how many seconds will the velocity of the body be 2 m/s and how far will it travel in that time?

[Video Solution]

Latest PSI Licence:

“Contains Irish Public Sector Information licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence”.

Important Exception to the above Licence:

The State Examination Commission is the copyright holder which is providing the material under the above license (as per current directives and regulations from the relevant government bodies). However the State Examination Commission as an Irish examination body is able to use copyrighted material in its exams without infringing copyright but this right is not extended to third parties when those exams are re-used.

(For example: the State Examination Commission may include in their exam a copyrighted poem and this action does not require the permission of the poet but the poet’s permission must be sought when the exam is re-used by someone other than the State Examination Commission.)

Also, all derived and related work (such as video solutions, lessons, notes etc) are the copyrighted material of Stephen Easley-Walsh (unless stated otherwise). And that the above licence is for only the exam itself and nothing further.


State Examinations Commission (2018). State Examination Commission. Accessed at:

Malone, D and Murray, H. (2016). Archive of Maths State Exams Papers. Accessed at:

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.