### Academic Zone

# Maths Paper 1 (O): A lovely paper

#### Reaction to Leaving Cert 2019 Maths Paper 1 (Ordinary Level) by Jean Kelly, Maths teacher at The Institute of Education.

A very nice paper, with clear, accessible language. Algebra, financial maths, and functions & graphs all appeared heavily on the paper. The last question, Question 9, may have thrown some of the weaker students.

**SHORT QUESTIONS**

Question 1 on income tax was lovely and straight-forward.

Question 2 was on complex numbers. Part B hasn’t been asked since Project Maths started and students would have been well prepared for it.

Question 3 was a clear, very manageable question on functions & graphs.

Question 4 on algebra was completely expected.

Question 5, Part A was on the Trapezoidal Rule. There was a bit of measuring involved here, which may have surprised some students, as area and volume normally appears on Paper 2.

Question 5, Part B involved converting metres per second to kilometres per hour. This may have caught a few students out, although it was on the sample paper proved by the Department.

Question 6 was another algebra question. Part B, on indices, a topic that students tend to fear, was a lovely question.

**LONG QUESTIONS**

Question 7 was on functions & graphs, mixed with a rates of change Calculus question. This was a very nice question.

Question 8 was a very straight-forward algebra question.

More financial maths appeared in Question 9. This was a little more challenging and thought provoking, but again, the language used was nice and easy to understand. The question itself may have thrown some of the weaker students.

Tagged Exam Analysis, Jean Kelly, Maths