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LC Maths Paper 2

Ailbhe (Higher Level Maths)

WHERE WERE THE THEOREMS????????

I’m sorry Mr. Chief Examiner but I happily divided my weekend amoung perpendicular distances, angles between lines and cos (A+B), I was not a happy bunny rabbit to see a grand total of zero theorems on the paper after I had so painstakingly learned them.

Paper two was definitely harder but that was expected due to the lack of challenge posed by paper 1. In my wisdom I started off with question 3. “You like trig Ailbhe, get that sorted first off, we’ll deal with circles, vectors and lines later”.

Part (a) not a problem

Part (b) not bad either

Part (c) sure I didn’t know which way was up in that question

 In the end I resorted to using some dodgy “area of a trapezium” formula that I came across leafing through the tables for part (i). It’s not on the course and I don’t think I even did it for Junior Cert, but you know what they say – always trust strangers!

I was very happy with Q8 which was my elective. The MacLaurin series and I have never had the best of relationships but we overcame our differences and worked it out in the end.

What was most thorny about paper 2 was that it’s harder to check your answers. I found that there were a lot more questions in paper 1 where you knew if you were right based on the answer you got. Paper two just left me all adrift!

I have been waiting to say this sentence since day 1 of Fifth Year and I’m going to relish it for all it’s worth.

I NEVER HAVE TO DO MATHS AGAIN!!! EVERRRR!!!!

Owen (Ordinary Level Maths)

Back again after a weekend that could not have gone any slower!!

My clock just seemed to taunt me for the whole weekend with its ‘tik tok’-ing and believe me, I was not feeling like P Diddy with my head in the books! 🙁

How and ever, the exams are now back in full swing!!

Maths Paper 2… well to be honest, it was a lovely paper, couldn’t have asked for a nicer more user-friendly paper! I really like the “does exactly what it says on the tin” attitude that goes with it and as for the whole simplicity of plugging numbers into formulas… LOVE IT!!

No surprises on this paper I have to say and I, personally found all the questions grand… everything seemed to go well from area and volume to linear programming…  however, it left me wondering what the probability was that Irish Paper 1 would be the same!??!

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