GE1350 - Essential Mathematics in Daily Life

Offering Academic Unit
Department of Mathematics
Credit Units
Course Duration
One Semester
GE Area
Area 3: Science and Technology
Course Offering Term*:
Semester A 2018/19, Semester B 2018/19
Semester A 2019/20 (Tentative), Semester B 2019/20 (Tentative)

* The offering term is subject to change without prior notice
Course Aims

Mathematics is everywhere. This course aims to provide an understanding of the link between mathematics and daily life in areas such as social and biological sciences. In the course, we will describe the roles of mathematics in solving crime, coding, and developmental biology. Through some surprising examples, students will understand how powerful mathematics is in their daily lives. The mathematical tools we will discuss in this course include the basic concepts of probability, number sequences, graph theory and logic, but students are not expected to have any prior knowledge of these topics. Rather than developing abstract theoretical knowledge, the focus of the course will be applying mathematical concepts to real-world applications. To enhance the learning experience, mathematical examples from some films and dramas will be discussed during the course. Through group projects related to daily life, students will extend their views from abstract theories to concrete examples, and discover that they cannot live without mathematics.

Assessment (Indicative only, please check the detailed course information)

Continuous Assessment: 50%
Examination: 50%
Examination Duration: 2 hours
Detailed Course Information