Mathematics is a compulsory subject. Mathematics contributes in direct and fundamental ways to business, finance, health and defence. For students it opens doors to careers. For citizens it enables informed decisions. For nations it provides knowledge to compete in a technological community. Participating fully in the world of the future involves tapping into the power of mathematics.
At university level you will be challenged to learn new mathematical techniques and methods, and to solve ever-more difficult problems. You will see new applications of mathematics, and play a role in helping solve interesting and important problems. You will graduate with a degree which tells employers that you can think logically through very challenging and complex problem and that you can apply a range of methods and techniques to solve these problems. Students who graduate with degrees in the mathematical science are sought by employers in many different fields such as quantitative finance, energy companies, software development, ststistics, insurance, actuarial work and research and development roles in engineering companies.
Overview of Project Maths
Project Maths involves the introduction of revised syllabuses for both Junior and Leaving Certificate Mathematics. It involves changes to what students learn in mathematics, how they learn it and how they will be assessed.Project Maths aims to provide for an enhanced student learning experience and greater levels of achievement for all. Much greater emphasis will be placed on student understanding of mathematical concepts, with increased use of contexts and applications that will enable students to relate mathematics to everyday experience.The initiative will also focus on developing students’ problem-solving skills. Assessment will reflect the different emphasis on understanding and skills in the teaching and learning of mathematics.A common introductory course in mathematics at the start of the junior cycle will make it possible for students to delay their choice of syllabus level until a later stage.In the junior cycle, a more investigative approach will be used which will build on and extend students’ experience of mathematics in the primary school.The Junior Certificate Mathematics syllabus is designed as a 240 hour course of study.
The Leaving Certificate Mathematics syllabus is designed as a 180 hour course of study.
When the syllabus revision in completed, Junior Certificate Mathematics and Leaving Certificate Mathematics will comprise material across 5 strands of study:
|Statistics and Probability||CountingConcepts of probabilityOutcomes of random processesStatistical reasoning with an aim to becoming a statistically aware consumerFinding, collecting and organising dataRepresenting data graphically and numericallyAnalysing , interpreting and drawing inferences from dataSynthesis and problem-solving skills||Introduced for 1st year and 5th year students in September 2010|
|Geometry and Trigonometry||Synthetic geometryCo-ordinate geometryTransformation geometryTrigonometrySynthesis and problem-solving skills||Introduced for 1st year and 5th year students in September 2010|
|Number||Number systemsIndicesArithmeticLength, Area and VolumeSets (Junior Certificate)Synthesis and problem-solving skills||To be introduced for 1st year and 5th year students in September 2011|
|Algebra||Generating arithmetic expressions from repeating patterns (Junior Certificate)Representing situations with tables, diagrams and graphs (Junior Certificate)Finding formulae (Junior Certificate)Examining algebraic relationships (Junior Certificate)Relations without formulae (Junior Certificate)Expressions (Junior Certificate)Equations and InequalitiesComplex numbers (Leaving Certificate)Synthesis and problem-solving skills||To be introduced for 1st year and 5th year students in September 2011|
|Functions||FunctionsGraphing functionsCalculus (Leaving Certificate)Synthesis and problem-solving skills||To be introduced for 1st year and 5th year students in September 2012|
As the revised syllabus strands are introduced, there will be incremental changes to the examination papers.
|Junior Certificate||Leaving Certificate|
|June 2012||Changes to Paper 2Stands 1 and 2|
|June 2013||Changes to Paper 2Stands 1 and 2||Changes to Paper 1New Paper 2Stands 1, 2, 3 and 4|
|June 2014||Changes to Paper 1New Paper 2Stands 1, 2, 3 and 4||New Paper 1New Paper 2Stands 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5|
|June 2015||New Paper 1New Paper 2Stands 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5|
As the revised syllabus strands are introduced, there will be supplement books introduced.
|Junior Certificate Books||Leaving Certificate Books||Equipment Needed|
|Concise Maths 1 (Ordinary Level)Concise Maths 2 (Higher Level)Text & Test 1 Supplement – Strands 1 & 2Mathematical Tables||Concise Maths 3 (Ordinary Level)Concise Maths Supplement (OL)Discovering Maths 4 (HL)Text & Test Supplement (HL)Mathematical Tables||Scientific Calculator – Casio fx-83GT PlusPencil, Ruler, Compass, Protractor, Set SquareGraph Paper|
The subject is assessed at both Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate level in the following methods:
Tests at chapter end
Formal in house exams (Christmas & Summer)
State exams after 3 years (Junior Certificate)
State exams after 2 years (Leaving Certificate)
|Department Staff||Subject Web Resources|
|Subject Co-Ordinator – Ms K. FrielAcademic Staff – Mr E. DohertyAcademic Staff – Mr S. Baldrick
Academic Staff – Ms D. Friel
Academic Staff – Mr N. Doherty
Academic Staff – Ms J. Wheston
Academic Staff – Ms M. Moran
Academic Staff – Ms J McDaid