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Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.

Mathematics and Physics

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Physics (Common Entry) - LM125

In the first semester you will study topics in physics including mechanics, heat, electricity, magnetism, and methods of measurement. You will also study general chemistry and topics in mathematics including linear algebra and calculus. Before the end of Semester 1 you will choose whether you wish to study:

  • LM125 - Applied Physics or
  • LM124 - Mathematics and Physics

The major distinction between these two programmes is that Applied Physics includes physical chemistry and electronics, subjects that the Mathematics and Physics programme omits in favour of developing stronger mathematical skills.

Mathematics (Common Entry) - LM124

In UL the focus is on applied mathematics, not in the sense of the Leaving Certificate Applied Mathematics syllabus, but rather in the sense of mathematics being used to solve problems that arise in science, engineering, industry, finance or society. Applied mathematical modelling is a philosophy of asking, and trying to understand, how things work. A problem or phenomenon of some sort occurs outside mathematics and mathematics is used to explain, to understand and ideally to improve it.

In the first semester, you will study calculus, linear algebra and computer programming and can choose from a selection of other modules, including physics and economics, before deciding whether to pursue a degree in:

  • Mathematical Sciences
  • Mathematics and Physics
  • Economics & Mathematical Sciences

The choice of programme needs to be made before the end of the first semester, subject to certain subject choice restrictions.