Thirty teams representing schools from County Cork participated in the Annual Applied Maths Quiz staged in UCC earlier this week. Questions were based on the complete Leaving Certificate Applied Maths syllabus and the teams, each comprising at least one 5th Year student, fared remarkably well.

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Questions on projectiles, pulley systems and relative
velocity etc. were dealt with effectively by the students but occasionally,
they encountered a totally unexpected challenge, which ultimately determined
the winners on the night. The
question on Narcissean Numbers, in which the teams had to select the correctly
associated statements from a given set, was the turning point in the quest for
honours. Students had been informed
that a Narcissean Number is a number in which the cube of each of its digits
add up to the number itself, e.g.
153= 1**^{3 }+ 5^{3} +3^{3}.

The winning team from CBS Mitchelstown (Shane Feeney, Mark Mullins and Cillian Lineen) accumulated a total of 29 points from a possible maximum of 30. PBC Cork gained second place while Bruce College Cork were awarded third place.

The students were welcomed to the event by Mr Noel Brett of the Science and Technology Teaching and Learning Centre (STTLC), UCC. He stressed that Applied Maths was no longer confined solely to the domain of Engineering but that increasingly, it had applications in a variety of fields such as Business and Medicine. He went to say that: “Realistically, if we are to succeed in the promotion of a Smart Economy, we need more than 1300 students sitting the Leaving Certificate Applied Maths exam annually.”

*Picture: The team from Mount Mercy Girls’ Secondary
School, Cork, at the quiz L-R: Rachael Hayes, Danielle Barry and Ciara Baldwin.*

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