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PMU 199Y1 The Physical and Mathematical Universes: Category 5

Section Title College Time
L0341 Modern Physics in Perspective Trinity Timetable
L0411 Statistics: A Journey to Information Behind Numbers   Timetable

 

PMU 199Y1 The Physical and Mathematical Universes: Category 5

PMU 199Y1Y
Section L0341
Trinity College
Timetable

Modern Physics in Perspective

Have you wondered about the origin and workings of the natural world around us? Have you found science interesting but felt shut out because it was too full of math and jargon? Have you felt a pull to become more science-literate? If so, this course is for you. It's intended for anyone interested in understanding more about the universe, including our planet, seen through the lens of modern physics. Ideas on the menu will include: space and time, relativity, black holes, quantum physics, particle physics, unification, big bang cosmology, extra dimensions, "branes", and string theory. The intriguing story of these integrated phenomena unfolds over a wide distance and a long time. By the end of the course, students should have a firm grasp of the main ideas of modern physics and a well-honed scientific baloney detection kit with lifelong utility. No prior experience with physical science will be required, but familiarity with Grade 10 mathematics will be assumed. Students from diverse academic backgrounds are all warmly welcome.

Instructor: A. Peet, Physics & Trinity College
Breadth category: 5 The Physical and Mathematical Universes

PMU 199Y1Y
Section L0411
Timetable

Statistics: A Journey to Information behind Numbers

The age we are living in now is all about information that, however, is not always readily available at one's fingertips. Often times such information is like treasure, hidden behind messy numbers and complicated facts, waiting for you to dig out. We are inevitably exposed to information from surveys and studies concerning our health, behaviour, attitudes and beliefs, or revealing scientific and technological advances. Statistics has emerged as a powerful tool helping you to see through the clouds and make wise choices. You may wonder how statistics impacts on your daily life, moreover, almost every place of scientific activities, while this course aims to help you understand and sift the useful and the accurate from the useless and the misleading. We will focus on the fundamental ideas behind probability and statistics, learning how to make better decisions when faced with uncertainty. Extensive examples from everyday life, surveys and scientific studies will be used for illustration. You are expected to actively participate in class discussions and complete a free-style course project with a critical eye and mind.

Prerequisite: Grade 12 mathematics.
Instructor: F. Yao, Statistical Sciences
Breadth category: 5 The Physical and Mathematical Universes