UGEB2460  Appreciation of Mathematics  2015/16
Announcement
 Course Outline (subject to modification upon discussion with the class) [Download file]
General Information
Lecturer

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 threeminutepresentation 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.
Textbooks
 no textbooks. Notes will be launched to the website before or immediately after each lecture.
References
 copies of reference will be distrubuted during lectures (if needed)
Lecture Notes
 week 1 materials
 week 2 materials
 week 3 materials (pending)
 week 4 (materials related to the DVD)
 week 5 (two links used in the lecture):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AzfHbETDbN8
http://www.hkphy.org/atomic_world/euler/euler01_e.html  week 5 (notes on Kepler's planetary model)
 From Numbers to Geometry (Greek Math and more)
 pending
 4 Dimension (how to visualize a hypercube)
 week 8 (please check for typos)
 week 8 (attachment: part of Dynneson's paper)
 week 11 (gower's video)
 week 11 (atm (only need to "read" part of p.22!)
 week 12 (rsa) (section 7.9)
Assignments
 Assignment 1 (due date: 19 Feb 2016) You can either hand it in to me directly or put it into the assignment box opposite LSB223.
 Assignment 2 New Revised Version New Due Date (25 Mar. 2016)
Assessment Scheme
Homework assignments  20%  
3 minute presentation of math  30%  
Final Exam  50% 
Honesty in Academic Work
The Chinese University of Hong Kong places very high importance on honesty in academic work submitted by students, and adopts a policy of zero tolerance on cheating and plagiarism. Any related offence will lead to disciplinary action including termination of studies at the University. Although cases of cheating or plagiarism are rare at the University, everyone should make himself / herself familiar with the content of the following website:
http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/policy/academichonesty/and thereby help avoid any practice that would not be acceptable.
Last updated: April 19, 2016 00:32:45