# First Year for Enrichment Entrants

A1.1:

- You are eligible for an admission scholarship as long as certain academic conditions are satisfied. There is no restriction on quota.
- You are eligible for 'migration' to the MIEG programme, subject to certain conditions. (Refer to Q1.4.)
- You will automatically graduate in the Enrichment Stream as long as you fulfil all the requirements of the stream. The declaration procedure will be waived in your situation.
- Guidance and advice from the department begin immediately after registration.

This includes your being assigned to special sections of MATH courses, such as MATH1010, 1030 in the first semester, which are oriented towards the MATH programme.

Other students are taken care of by the Science Faculty. - Being 'anchored' in mathematics earlier, you have a greater chance of reaching a higher level in mathematical aptitude before graduation. This indirectly increases your chances of getting scholarships, exchange opportunities, and internships. This helps if you plan to read for a higher degree in mathematics or in any mathematics-related discipline.

A1.2:

Instead of expecting you to do so and so, we suggest you finish doing, by the end of the first year of study, at least the following:

- MATH1010 (University Mathematics), MATH1030 (Linear Algebra I), MATH1050 (Foundations of Modern Mathematics),
- two 'faculty package' courses which are STAT1011 and one other course from amongst physics, chemistry and life sciences as specified.

Don't 'lag behind' in the other 'common' courses, as required by the university and your college (such as English, Chinese, IT, general education, physical education).

There are two further issues: MATH2010 and courses from other disciplines. (Refer to Q1.5 and Q1.6, Q4.3, Q4.4 respectively.)

A1.3:

A timely completion of MATH1010, 1030, 1050 is essential for a smooth development in the Enrichment Stream. Having done all 'faculty package' courses in the first year allows you more flexibility in higher years. The same can be said about the other 'common' courses.

If there is over-subscription for the MIEG places, admission will be decided upon your academic performance. Please let the department know your intention once you have made up your mind, so that we can provide more guidance on the planning of your study.

A1.4:

Note that there are seven places for MIEG. To be eligible for these places, you have to do ENGG1100, 1110, 2600 on top of the courses mentioned above. (Refer to Q1.2.)

If there is over-subscription for the MIEG places, admission will be decided upon your academic performance. Please let the department know your intention once you have made up your mind, so that we can provide more guidance on the planning of your study.

A1.5:

In this case, we suggest you do MATH1010, 1030 in the first semester and MATH1050 in the second semester.

If your performance in MATH1010, 1030 is satisfactory, (for example, with at least B in each course), you may also consider doing MATH2010 in the second semester.

A1.6:

We strongly suggest you wait till the second semester, after you have done both of MATH1010, 1030 in the first semester.

MATH1050 is designed for bridging you from MATH1010, 1030 to the level 2000 courses (MATH2010, 2040, 2050, 2070). (Refer to 'Mathematics Courses beyond the First Year'.) What you learn in MATH1010, 1030 will be used in proofs and rigorous reasoning, which are emphasized in MATH1050.

A1.7:

The answer is yes and no.

Different students have different 'mathematical background' (for instance, Module 1 versus Module 2 in DSE Mathematics) and 'learning curves'; such difference may be reflected in the first few courses. It is pre-mature to make any definite assessment on your potential, based on this alone. Our experience seems to suggest that students with good potential will eventually come good as late as the finishing of the level 2000 courses, and will have no problem graduating in the Enrichment Stream.

Nevertheless, if you are struggling a lot even in the first few MATH courses and falling a lot behind many fellow Enrichment entrants, we suggest you talk with your academic advisor. (Also refer to Q2.3.)