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The study of Science entails practical laboratory work (experiments) along with the study of theory. In the modern world where advances in Science and Technology are bringing great changes to our lives, the study of Science is particularly relevant to help people assess the implication of these developments.

The study of Science at Junior Certificate level involves the study of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Applied Science.

Junior Certificate Science marks are distributed as follows:  

  • Coursework A - 10%    (Experiments and investigations specified in the syllabus) 
  • Coursework B - 25%    (2 specified investigations)
  • Terminal examination - 65%    (Section 1 - Biology / Section 2 - Chemistry / Section 3 - Physics)

    Science branches into 3 separate subjects for the Leaving Certificate:
  • Biology.
  • Chemistry.
  • Physics.


Coursework B
Student Investigations Each student is required to undertake two specified investigations in their third year and to submit a pro forma report on these for assessment. These additional investigations, based on the topics and learning outcomes in the syllabus, will be set by the examining body and will vary from year to year. These investigations account for 25% of the students final Junior Certificate grade and will require substantial time investment, by the student, during the year. Students will be notified of the investigation titles well in advance of the laboratory time they will be allocated to conduct the investigations, and this laboratory time-slot cannot be altered. DES deadlines for submission by the students of their report must be adhered to, and, in order to prevent missed deadlines, students are expected to exercise due diligence in the preparation, planning and conduct of their chosen investigations. Students who fail to do so will not be given additional time, and reports still incomplete come deadline, will be submitted as is.

Investigation Titles 2015

Biology
Investigation and compare the quantitative effects of a changing (a) wavelength of illumination and (b) either intensity or duration of illumination on the phototrophic growth response of recently germinated pant shoots/seedlings.
Chemistry 
Investigation and compare the quantitative effects of a changing (a) metal types and (b) fruit/vegetable type on the emf (voltage) produced across two different metals, when the electrolytes take the form of fruits and/or vegetables.

Physics
Investigation and compare the quantitative effects of a changing (a) material type and (b) material thickness on the level of sound insulation provided by a range of materials.


Downloads

We have developed a blank copy of the Coursework for your use.  It differs slightly from the state examinations booklet in that we have specified how many resources you reference, how many safety aspects you must specify, etc...(Note - these numbers are a minimum).  A copy of a blank Coursework B booklet can be found here. 

Additional coursework B material can be found in the table below to help you with your projects.

Introduction to Investigations

Physics Sample Investigation Biology Sample Investigation
Chemistry Sample Investigation 2007 Marking Scheme - Coursework B

 


Summaries:
The following table contains a summary of all the JC Science chapters complete with appropriate past questions.  It is an excellent revision guide.

Biology 1 to 4
Biology 5 to 8
Biology 9 to 12
Biology 13 to 16

Chemistry 1 to 4
Chemistry 5 to 8
Chemistry 9 to 11
Chemistry 12 to 13

Physics 1 to 4
Physics 5 to 10
Physics 11
Physics 12 to 15




Note:
There is a shortage of people in Ireland with training in Science and Technology to meet our current needs. It is also important to remember that a Science subject is required at Leaving Cert level for some third level courses, e.g. Medicine, Pharmacy, Engineering, Food Science etc.

Students' Corner:

Jeonah Roperoz (1.1) recently suggested the following to remember the characteristics of life:

Real Elephants Noses Grow Really Really Massive

Respiration. Excretion. Nutrition.Growth. Reproduction.Responsivity.Movement

Useful websites:

Department of Education and Science sites:

URL:

Department of Education and Science

http://www.education.ie

State Examinations Commission

http://www.examinations.ie

National Council for Curriculum and Assessment

http://www.ncca.ie

Scoilnet, the NCTE schools website

http://www.scoilnet.ie

Teacher Support Network sites:

URL:

Second Level Support Service - Physics and Chemistry

http://www.slss.ie/

Biology Support Service

http://biology.slss.ie

Chemistry Support Service

http://chemistry.slss.ie/

Physics Support Service

http://physics.slss.ie/

Irish Science Teachers' Association - membership is   open to all teachers of science

http://www.ista.ie/

The Association for Science Education (UK) -   membership is open to all teachers of science

http://www.ase.org.uk.ie/

National Science Teachers Assocation (USA) - membership   is open to all teachers of science

http://www.nsta.org/

Resource sites:

URL:

Concept Cartoons offer excellent starting points for   discussion and thinking

http://www.conceptcartoons.com/index_flash.html

Science Enhancement Programme - focuses on scientific   enquiry and practical work, scientific knowledge and conceptual   understanding, scientific research and developments

http://www.sep.org.uk/

Drawing tool for both teachers and pupils

http://www.ase.org.uk/sen/words/diagram.htm

Puzzle makers

http://www.puzzlemaker.com

Crossword construction kit

http://www.crosswordkit.com/

Wordsearch construction kit

http://www.wordsearchkit.com/download.htm

Hot Potatoes software - construct crosswords,   wordsearches, cloze test, matching exercises

http://www.halfbakedsoftware.com/

Chemical Jigsaw Puzzle

http://www.harmsy.freeuk.com/jigsaw.html

PhET - Physics Education Technology, interactive   physics animations from the Unversity of Colorado

http://phet.colorado.edu/web-pages/index.html

Freezeray Interactive Science Resources

http://www.freezeray.com/home.htm

Biology Corner

www.biologycorner.com

BBC Schools site - human body interactive games

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/body/

Science photograph library - teachers can register,   then download and use the images, as long as credit for source is given

http://www.sciencephoto.com

Science Smarties - a variety of assessments for each   topic of the Junior Cert. syllabus, from a TeachNet Ireland site

http://www.teachnet.ie/mamond/2006

Science, Technology and Society sites

URL:

Ingenious Ireland

http://www.ingeniousirelandonline.ie

The science behind the news

http://whyfiles.org/

Science and technology in action

www.sciencetechnologyaction.com

Science trail at the science centre, Birr castle

www.birrcastle.com

General Interest sites:

URL:

Skoool.ie has a section on science

http://skoool.ie

How Stuff Works

http://www.howstuffworks.com/

Natural History Museum of Ireland

http://www.museum.ie/naturalhistory/

Explore materials science

http://www.strangematterexhibit.com/

NASA Astrobiology Institute

http://nai.arc.nasa.gov/students/index.cfm

Schoolscience

http://www.schoolscience.co.uk

Exploratorium - interactive with many DIY experiments

http://www.exploratorium.edu/

Timeline for events in science and mathematics

http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~wilkins/science/sciehist.html

European Space Agency Human Spaceflight - teachers   can request a free copy of the Education Kit aimed at students aged 12-15

http://www.esa.int/export/esaHS/SEMT0IXLDMD_education_0.html

 

 

 

 

 

What is Physics?

Physics is the branch of science that studies matter, energy and the relationship between them. Understanding the laws of Physics gives us a better view of the world we live in. If you are curious enough to wonder about any of the following questions, then you should enjoy studying Physics. 

 

  • Why do I see colours on my C.D?
  • How does a generator produce electricity?
  • Why is there sometimes a rainbow when it's wet?
  • How can we see inside a person's body with an X-ray machine?
  • How do the speed guns of the Gardaí work?
  • What are mirages and how do they occur?
  • Why do vibrating waves produce sound?

In Leaving Certificate Physics you will study various topics in each of the following areas. Mechanics and Motion (5th year), Heat (5th year), Waves and Sound (5th year), Light and Optics (5th year), Electricity and Magnetism (6th year), Atomic Physics and The Electron (6th year) and Nuclear and Particle Physics (optional)

There are 25 compulsory experiments in Leaving Certificate Physics. Four of these are asked in Section A of the exam and you must answer three. Pupils generally do well here as we focus a lot of attention on experiments and we tend to repeat them closer to exam time. In addition, some of these experiments can be asked in Section B.

 

 

 

 

Mandatory Experiment Procedures (*with past questions)
 Light Experiments
 To find the focal length of a Concave Mirror
 To find the focal length  of a Converging Lens
 To find the wavelength of a monochromatic light source
 To verify snell's Law (RI of a Solid)
 To verify snell's Law (RI of a liquid)
 Heat Experiments 
 To find the SHC of water by the electrical method
 To find the specific latent heat of fusion of ice
 To measure the specific latent heat of vaporisation of water
 To plot the calibration curve of a thermometer using the laboratory mercury thermometer as standard
 Sound Experiments
 To measure the speed of sound in Air
 To show that the fundamental frequency of a stratche string is inversely proportional to its length
 To show that the fundamnetal frequency of a stretched string is proportional to the square of its tension
 Mechanics Experiments
 To verify Boyle's Law
 To measure the value of 'g' by means of the simple pendulum
 To measure constant velocity using a ticker tape timer
 To verify the principle of conservation of momentum
 To show that the acceleration of a body is proportional to the applied force
 
 
 
 


Leaving Certificate past Papers and Marking Schemes
 

 

Physics Papers
Physics Marking Schemes

L.C. 2002

L.C. 2002 Marking Scheme

L.C. 2003

L.C. 2003 Marking Scheme
L.C. 2004 L.C. 2004 Marking Scheme
L.C. 2005 L.C. 2005 Marking Scheme
L.C. 2006 L.C. 2006 Marking Scheme
L.C. 2007 L.C. 2007 Marking Scheme
L.C. 2008 L.C. 2008 Marking Scheme
L.C. 2009 L.C. 2009 Marking Scheme
L.C. 2010 L.C. 2010 Marking Scheme
L.C. 2011 L.C. 2011 Marking Scheme
 L.C. 2012  L.C. 2012 Marking Scheme
 L.C. 2013 L.C. 2013 Marking Scheme
 L.C. 2014  L.C. 2014 Marking Scheme
L.C. 2015
 
   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Books
Textbook:
Real World Physics by Dan O'Regan.

The following books are available from our library:

  • Electronics for Today and Tomorrow by Tom Duncan.
  • Advanced Physics by Tom Duncan.
  • Modern Elementary Particle Physics by Gordan Kane.
  • Particle Physics by Arthur Beiser.
  • A Laboratory manual of Physics by F. Tyler.
  • Leaving Certificate Physics by Donal Collins.
  • How Things Work: The Physics of Everyday Life by L.A. Bloomfield.

Useful Web Addresses

http://www.falstad.com/ripple/
This applet is a simulation of a ripple tank

http://www.walter-fendt.de/ph11e/
Java applets on Physics

http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000/index.pl
A collection of Applets from X-Ray machines to Microwave ovens to the Periodic Table of Elements.

http://www.rpii.ie
The Radiological Institute of Ireland.

http://oldmanhonda.com
****An excellent gateway site to various Physics applets****


Useful Summaries

Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11

To measure the constant acceleration of a trolley using a ticker tape timer and ticker tape
To show that the acceleration of a body is y proportional to the force acting on it


Useful Past House Exams

5th Year Summer 2005         5th Year Christmas 2006

Physics Proofs
physicsproofs

Atomic Physics Maths Questions and Answers
atomic_physics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music is a central part of both curricular and extra-curricular life at Dominican College. There are many opportunities to get involved. Music is available as a subject at both junior and senior levels. The first year programme in music introduces students to the skills of listening and composing as well as giving a firm understanding of music theory and concepts. All first years are involved in class-based singing. Students preparing for Junior and Leaving Certificate Music also obtain the skills of listening, performing and composing. Many of our Leaving Cert students go on to study music at Third level. In 2000, Sarah Picardo (6th year) was awarded The Ó Cillín medal for being the student who obtained the highest marks in Music in the Leaving Certificate in the country. Well done Sarah!

A non-academic music appreciation class is offered to all first years entering Dominican College so that every student gets to enjoy some aspects of music.

There are also other opportunities to get involved in music in the school. Second and fifth year students participate in a two-part and three-part choir respectively. Here students both with and without instrumental ability get an opportunity to present a high standard of choral singing. They are entered into the Department of Education's choir exam for secondary schools and the final result is always outstanding.

Another group that works diligently throughout the school year is the Traditional Irish Music Group. Here students focus on learning and performing Irish tunes. It is an interesting and welcomed contrast to the other musical activities going on in the school.

Last but not least are the school choir and orchestra who for many years now have provided the music and singing for numerous occasions relating to the school life of the college. The group is at its biggest for many years and is the backbone of musical life in the school. For some of our 6th years who graduated in May, this was the sixth graduation at which they had either sung or played. The staff of the Music Department is very grateful and appreciative to both the students and their parents for their commitment to music in Dominican College.

Useful Website Addresses:

http://www.classical.net
http://classicalmusic.about.com
http://www.cmc.ie
http://www.irish-music.net
http://www.lyricfm.ie
http://www.thebeatles.com

Click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to mail the Music Department.

Over the 6-year cycle, the school aims to offer students as wide ranging a PE programme as possible. All students in the school take physical education as a subject.

 

Years
Time for Physical Education
First

1 Hour and Thirty minutes

This programme introduces students to field hockey, basketball, gymnastics, dance, athletics, rounders and tennis, giving students the basic skills necessary to participate in the activity. All activities covered are on a modular basis.

Second

Forty Minutes

The programme continues with the First Year modules and develops a better awareness of the skills, rules and teamwork necessary to participate in team and individual sports.

Third

Forty Minutes

Students are introduced to Gaelic football, badminton, circuit training, volleyball and have one module of dance and rounders.

Fifth

Forty Minutes

Students continue with the Third Year programme with trampoline and indoor sports as an extra module. First aid may also be offered depending on class size.

Sixth

Forty Minutes

Students are given an opportunity to select activities that they would wish to participate in. Each activity selected lasts a minimum of four to six weeks. First aid may also be offered depending on class size.

Transition

Two Hours

Students get the opportunity to experience activities not covered in the general programme. Activities such as sailing, pitch and putt, windsurfing, aerobics, self defence, dance, grooming and skiing may be offered as part of the PE programme. The activities covered may change from year to year depending on numbers and availability. The Transition Year programme hopes to develop students ability to work as part of a team and also to develop new life skills.

 

After school, activities /team sports take place Monday to Friday from 3.30pm to 5.00pm. The sports covered are basketball, camogie, soccer and badminton while cross country training takes place at lunch time. The school takes part in the cross country championships and the Leinster Track and Field championships. Each year the school competes in the Inter Dominican Sports day.

During lunch time the sports hall is used on alternate days for basketball shooting skills, indoor soccer, trampoline and badminton for beginners.

A whole school sports day is organised in the third term with class leagues in basketball, soccer, rounders and tennis also taking place in the third term.

Students who have achieved a high standard in a sport not catered for on campus are given the opportunity to represent the school at selected events.

In general, the PE and sports programme aims to develop the physical ability of each student through a varied programme of activity. Every student in the school is encouraged to participate in all activities on offer.

The PE uniform for the school is a tracksuit consisting of black bottoms wine sweatshirt with school crest and white polo shirt.
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Maths Week in Dominican College


Maths Week in Dominican College aims to raise awareness, appreciation and understanding of mathematics for all. Maths is needed in today's world and those people with poor proficiency in Maths will be disadvantaged in life. In addition we need to encourage more young people to work harder at Maths in school to progress on to areas such as Maths itself,
engineering, science, accountancy etc. All too common we hear people say "I can't do Maths" and this leads to an idea that you have to be hardwired for Maths. Of course, not everyone will become a top mathematician but everyone can do better than they do and many could learn to enjoy Maths if we can break this "cycle of fear". The events of Maths Week are designed to present Maths as interesting, challenging and yet rewarding - and yes, even fun! Link : www.mathsweek.ie

A TIMETABLE OF EVENTS PROMOTING MATHS WEEK IN DOMINICAN COLLEGE OCT 12TH – 17TH 2009

EVENT
DATE
TARGET YEAR GROUP
Prizes
“Magic of Maths” Lecture in RDS
Monday Oct 12th
ALL TY’S
N/A
Math’s Quiz
-powerpoint
Wednesday Oct 14th
-All First Years, during class time
Prize at Assembly following week
Math’s Quiz
-powerpoint
Wednesday Oct 14th
All Second Years during class time

Prize at Assembly following week
Sudoka
Thursday Oct 15th
All Students
-In Library at lunch time.
-Interested students must give their names to
Ms. Tracy or Ms. Mohan
-Winners announced Friday 325pm over PA.
-Collect prize then
Brainteasers on line
Math’s Week
Last day to submit  Thurs 14th
All Classes
- e-mail your answer to :
(email will be updated shortly)
-Winners announced Friday 325pm over PA.
-Collect prize then
Poster Competition
Due Tues Oct 13th
1st Years
Prize at Assembly following week
Brainteasers in class
Every Day
Non- Exam Classes





Why study Mathematics?

Mathematics is about developing an understanding of numbers and measuring. It helps to prepare for many practical aspects of day-to-day living. It enables the learner to think logically and solve problems, which are skills for life. Engineering, computing, architecture, business and, in fact, every possible career choice will involve one or more aspects of Mathematics. Without Maths, we would not have the technology to surf the Internet, build a bridge, weigh ourselves, design or manufacture a car, fly an aeroplane, use a mobile phone…

What is the best way to study Mathematics?

A common problem faced by students of Mathematics is that when presented with a Maths problem, it can be hard to establish a correct starting point. When prompted in class by a teacher or fellow student, they know how to complete the task but without that assistance at home can feel very lost. It is essential to take useful notes and tips from class, which can easily be understood later. This will prove invaluable when studying at home.

How should Maths be studied at home?

Revise the material learned in class that day. This should include:
1. Mathematical concepts.
2. new Mathematical terms/vocabulary.
3. working through examples shown in class.

Use examples from the textbook and class to help you but make every effort to understand them instead of just trying to make your exercises look like the examples.

Answer the homework questions by showing the methodology used as well as the answers. When a question is completed, always ensure that the answer makes sense. Eg. Make sure that a table that you should calculate to be 2m in length is not found to be 2cm or 20m!

Remember........................
The best way to study Mathematics is to actually work out questions for yourself.

Useful Websites for Mathematics

A very comprehensive gateway site (a site that categorises and links to lots of other sites). It contains sections on:
General Topics, Geometry, Fractals, History of Mathematics and Mathematical Software
http://www.tc.cornell.edu/EDU/MathSciGateway/general.asp

Some fun numeracy games here can be played online. A good way to practise against the clock!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/megamaths/

This is part of one of the most famous sites for mathematics education: the Maths Forum at Swarthmore. There are many categorised links to other pages.
http://mathforum.org/library/

This is a search engine and yields Yahoo's categorisation of many mathematical sites.
http://dir.yahoo.com/science/mathematics/

This site is loaded with problems and games for both teachers and students. It is definitely worth a look!
http://www.mathgoodies.com/

This site contains multiple levels of games for any age group. All are colourful and easy to follow.
http://www.coolmath.com/