UGEB2460 - Appreciation of Mathematics - 2015/16

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  • Course Outline (subject to modification upon discussion with the class) [Download file]

General Information


  • Cheung, Leungfu
    • Office: Lady Shaw Bldg 209
    • Tel: 39437961
    • Email:

Time and Venue

  • Lecture: Tues 14:30 - 17:15
  • Tutorial: during the lectures

Course Description

In this semester's UGEB 2460, we will focus on four directions, i.e. Numbers (its origin, development, applications, then and now); Language of Shape (math in nature, symmetry, how math describes shapes in Biology, Arts etc.); Math in Social Sciences (e.g. math of voting systems, recreational math, math in movies); Nature of Math (ancient versus modern understanding of the nature of math, why math is "effective" in modeling some parts of nature?)

The course structure is as follows: each week there will be lectures and some activities. And at the end of the course, we encourage each student to give a three-minute-presentation on math modelled on "Famelab", a science talk competition.

Most assessments will consist of simple thinking problems (can be solved with school math or clever ideas without math) and some simple essays. Emphasis will be on understanding and creativity rather than technicality.


  • no textbooks. Notes will be launched to the website before or immediately after each lecture.


  • copies of reference will be distrubuted during lectures (if needed)

Lecture Notes


Assessment Scheme

Homework assignments 20%
3 minute presentation of math  30%
Final Exam 50%

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Last updated: April 19, 2016 00:32:45