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Ans: The existing Mathematics (041) for Senior Secondary is a course meant for students to pursue pure Mathematics/Physical Sciences/Engineering at University Level. However, there are many students who want to learn Mathematics which is useful for better performance in their selected subjects; ‘Applied Mathematics’ is meant for such students and the curriculum focuses on the Application of Mathematics.
Ans: No, the idea is to offer an option for those Sr. Secondary students who wish to learn Mathematics as per the requirements of their areas of study such as Business/Economics/Finance/Life Science etc in future careers in a different format.
Ans: No. There is only one option, either Mathematics or Applied Mathematics.
Ans: Both courses have their own uniqueness. Students who want to opt for Mathematics/Physical Science/Engineering subjects at the University level as an Elective or want to take admission in Mathematics Honors course or Engineering and Technology course may take Mathematics (041). The Applied Mathematics course is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of Mathematics required to be successful in other different fields of their future career and may be selected by keeping this in mind.
Ans: No. These are two different courses and one is not a substitute for the other.
Ans: Yes, a student who has passed Basic Mathematics at Secondary level can offer Applied Mathematics at Sr. Secondary level. This option is now available due to introduction of Applied Mathematics. However, such students cannot offer Mathematics (041) at Sr. Secondary Level.
Q.7 Can a student who has passed Standard Mathematics in Grade X, offer Applied Mathematics at Sr. Secondary level ?
Ans: Yes. A student who has passed Standard Mathematics in class X can also offer Applied Mathematics at Sr. Secondary Level.
Ans: The earlier skill subject by the same name, that is, Applied Mathematics will be discontinued from the Academic session 2020-21. Class XI standard students under Skill Education Scheme of Applied Mathematics in the academic session 2019-20, will now be allowed to opt only for Academic Elective subject of Applied Mathematics in the session 2020-21.
Ans: The focus of any skill subject is on a particular job role. However Applied Mathematics as an elective focus on Mathematics as a discipline with special emphasis on its applications.
Q.10 I took Applied Mathematics (840) as Skill subject in Grade XI. Now I am in Grade XII. What happens now?
Ans: All the students who have offered Applied Mathematics (840) as a Skill subject at class XI can automatically offer it as an Academic elective in class XII.
Q.11 I took Applied Mathematics (840) as a skill subject in XI. Can I shift to Applied Mathematics (241) in XII?
Ans: Yes, if you have already opted this subject in class XI during 2019-20.
No one will be able to offer Applied Mathematics as skill subject in class XI from the academic session 2020-21.
Q.13 How I can get the Sample Papers and Q.P designs of Applied Mathematics?
Ans: Sample papers and Blue Print based on the curriculum for 2020-21 will be made available on: www.cbseacademic.nic.in, in due course of time.
Parents and children are facing major life disruptions with the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19). School closures, social distancing, it’s a lot to take in and it’s difficult for everyone in the family. We sat down with expert adolescent psychologist, best-selling author, monthly New York Times columnist and mother of two Dr. Lisa Damour to learn more about how families can support each other and make the most of this new (temporary) normal.
Dr. Damour: The first thing that parents can do is actually to normalize the fact that they [teenagers] are feeling anxious. Many teenagers have the misunderstanding that anxiety is always a sign of mental illness when in fact, psychologists have long recognized that anxiety is a normal and healthy function that alerts us to threats and helps us take measures to protect ourselves. So it’s very helpful for teenagers if you say, “You’re having the right reaction. Some anxiety right now makes sense, you’re supposed to feel that way. And that anxiety is going to help you make the decisions that you need to be making right now.” Practicing social distancing, washing your hands often and not touching your face — your anxiety will help you do what needs to be done right now, so that you can feel better. So that’s one thing we can do.
Another thing we can do is actually help them look outward. Say to them, “Listen, I know you’re feeling really anxious about catching coronavirus, but part of why we’re asking you to do all these things — to wash your face, to stay close to home — is that that’s also how we take care of members of our community. We think about the people around us.”
And then give them further things to do that may be of help: perhaps dropping off food to people in need or going shopping for them or figuring out what areas of our community need support and doing things to support the people around them while maintaining social distance. Finding ways to care for others will help young people feel better themselves.
And then the third thing to help with anxiety is to help young people find distractions. What psychologists know is that when we are under chronically difficult conditions — and this is certainly a chronically difficult condition that’s going to go on for a while — it’s very helpful to divide the problem into two categories: things I can do something about, and then things I can do nothing about. There’s going to be a lot in that second category right now, where kids are going to have to live with a pretty difficult situation for a while.
Researchers have found that finding positive distractions can help us deal with that second category: we do our homework, we watch our favourite movies, we get in bed with a novel. That is a very appropriate strategy right now. There’s probably a lot to be said for talking about coronavirus and anxiety as a way to seek relief, and there is also a lot to be said about not talking about it as a way to seek relief. Helping kids find that right balance will make a big difference.
Dr. Damour: I would be very up front with a teenager and say, “Okay, you and I both know you’ve got a heck of a lot of time on your hands, but you and I both know that it’s not going to be a good idea to have unfettered access to screens and/or social media. That’s not healthy, that’s not smart and it may amplify your anxiety. We really don’t think you having a social media free-for-all is a good idea under any condition. So the fact that you’re not in school and your time isn’t being taken up by classes doesn’t necessarily mean that all of that time should be replaced with social media.” But I think you just say that in a very up-front way which acknowledges that, naturally, there’s no way that the time spent in school will be entirely replaced with being online.
And then ask the teenager, “How should we handle this? What should our plans be? What do you propose in this new normal or new short-term normal. Your time is no longer structured in the ways you’re accustomed to, come up with a structure and show me the structure that you have in mind, and then we can think it through together.”
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