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15 Apr 2018

Leaving Certificate Examination 1928 Honours Applied Mathematics

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This is the Leaving Certificate Examination 1928 Honours Applied Mathematics Paper which I got a hold of from the Archives and decided to retype it up. The archived version was a scanned document (of presumably an original 1928 copy). I hope some of you find it useful and/or interesting. Student had to answer 5 questions in 2 hours. The marks are shown in square brackets [].
Copyright notice:

I, Stephen Easley-Walsh, retyped these Department of Education Examination questions under section 53.5 of the Copyright and Related Rights Act, 2000 i.e. “copyright in a work is not infringed by anything done for the purposes of an examination by way of setting questions, communicating questions to the candidates or answering questions”. As such I invite any student to use this page in their studies but to keep in mind I take no responsibility for any errors/typos/omissions/etc contained below and would appreciate any such errors brought to my attention in the comment section. 🙂 Thank you.


Question 1

If a particle is moving in a straight line with constant acceleration $f$, prove that $s=ut + \frac{1}{2} ft^2$.

A stone $A$ is projected vertically upwards with velocity $48$ ft. per second and 2 seconds later a stone $B$ is projected vertically upwards from the same place at $144$ ft. per sec. Find the distance from the point of projection of their meeting point.

[44 marks]

Question 2

What is a “couple”?

Show that a couple has the same moment about any point is the plane and deduce that forces that are represented completely by the sides of a polygon taken the same way round may also be represented by a couple.

[44 marks]

Question 3

Prove that if particles start at the same instant from a given point and slide down smooth straight paths of different slopes, their positions reached :- (i) when each has attained a given speed lie on a straight line, (ii) after the lapse of a given time lie on a circle.

Find the straight path of quickest descent from a given point to a given circle.

[44 marks]

Question 4

Find for small oscillations an expression for the period of a simple pendulum in terms of its length.

A faulty seconds-pendulum loses 5 seconds per hour: find the required alteration in its length so that it may keep correct time.

[48 marks]

Question 5

Given that the distance, from the centre of the circle, of the centre of gravity of a circular arc which subtends an angle $2a$. at the centre of the circle is $\frac{a \sin a}{a}$, where $a$ is the radius, find the centres of gravity of the corresponding (i) seconds, (ii) segment of the circle.

[48 marks]

Question 6

A mass of $10$ lbs. is supported on a rough plane by a force $P$ applied in a direction making an angle $\theta$ with the plane which is inclined at angles 40 degrees to the horizontal. If the coefficient of friction is equal to $\tan 10^\circ$, express the value of $P$ in terms of $\theta$ and hence find the minimum value of $P$ and the corresponding value of $\theta$.

[48 marks]

Question 7

Explain what is meant by “coefficient of restitution.” A ball of coefficient of restitution $e$ falls from height $h$ to a horizontal plane. To what height will it rise after the first rebound? If $e=\frac{7}{12}$, find what time will elapse from the moment the ball is dropped from a height of 10 feet till it comes to rest permanently?

[48 marks]

Question 8

A string one metre long can support a body whose weight is not greater than 10 kilogrammes. A mass of 100 grammes is tied to one end and whirled in a horizontal circle: find the greatest number of revolutions per second that can be given to the mass without breaking the string and calculate the kinetic energy of the mass when moving at the greatest possible speed.

[48 marks]

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