GCNU1016 Mathematics Around Us

GCNU1016
Course Code Offering Department(s) Units & Hours
GCNU1016 MATH (3,3,0)
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What is the course about?

GCNU1016 aims to “make sense” of the mathematical topics Hong Kong students spend years to learn (mainly for examinations). Although the compact syllabus in high school makes good use of students’ golden learning years to improve their calculation skills, the standalone and often unrelated topics can result in a lack of connections and linkages to real-life. Students may wrestle with abstract mathematical concepts and robotic calculations that appear to be unpractical. To change the already-frustrated students’ view towards mathematics and allow them to enjoy and benefit from mathematics, a deeper understanding of both the foreground (i.e., real-life applications around us) and background (i.e., motivation and origin) must be provided. Don’t let years of efforts end in vain! This course begins with the mathematical logic in our daily conversions. This practical opening provides students a sense of familiarity and allows them to gradually see the usefulness of mathematics. To answer a common question from students: “Why am I learning this?” The interconnections between high school geometry, trigonometry functions (i.e., sin, cos, and tan), Pi, nature numbers, and complex numbers will be built from a historical and practical point of view. The applications of these high school topics in daily life and beyond will also be presented, in the hopes that they may capture students’ imaginations.

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What do the students say about this course?

……也許我們都知道「不到長城非好漢」並不代表「到長城即好漢」,但可能不懂如何清楚運用數學邏輯推理證明出來,課程的一部分正正是教我們如何把生活中的疑點用數學的方法找出答案。課程中的數學理論並不算深,非數學系的同學讀起來也不會太吃力。

另一方面,課程中會介紹到一些著名學者,講師以幽默的方式述說他們的事蹟,非常吸引,讓我們知道這些數學家並不只是日計夜計的怪物,而是對數學充滿熱情的天才人物……

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Notes for all GE courses

  • You can take a maximum of 6 additional units of GE courses from any categories as electives.