UGEB2460 - Appreciation of Mathematics - 2018/19
Cheung Leung Fu
- Office: LSB209
- Tel: 39437961
Time and Venue
- Lecture: T7-9
- Tutorial: N.A.
The course UGEB2460 is an "appreciation" course on mathematics. As such, its emphasis is on the "appreciation" aspect and not on the detailed technicalities of mathematics. The course is designed for all students, except those majoring in Mathematics, Mathematics Education and Mathematics and Information Engineering.
In this course, we outline through everyday examples how mathematics shapes our contemporary world. These examples are based on simple, yet clever ideas which can be explained to the widest audience.
It is hoped that through the course, students can get a feeling of "how mathematics works". We will look at selected examples from mobile phones, from GPS, computer graphics, ATM machines, voting systems, forensic detection of accounting forgery, computer graphics, Escher's paintings, quasi-crystals, world atlas construction etc.
- No textbook (notes will be handed in to the class during lectures)
- week 1 powerpoint
- week 2 draft (lecture notes launched later)
- week 3-7 (notes, partial)
- week 8 notes
- week 9 notes
- week 10 notes (pending)
- week 11 notes
- week 12 notes
- Lakatos (Engl version)
- Richeson (on V-E+F = 2-2g) (reading)
- Whitehead's article on numbers
- Geometric imagination exercises
- Descartes' Angle Defect formula proof
- Application of arithmetic in Error Correcting Codes
- Dieter Kotschick's paper on Soccer Ball
- HW1 pdf copy
- HW2 pdf copy
Quizzes and Exams
|Class Work (essay)||10%|
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.
Assessment Policy Last updated: December 09, 2018 15:49:01