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CUSA1085 The Space Explorer’s Survival Guide to the Universe 太空探索者的宇宙生存指南


The universe is a dangerous place for us space explorers. To give you a fighting chance to survive the journey, we will discuss some basic mechanics, the law of gravity, astronomy, and other necessary physics. More importantly, since the laws of the universe are written in the language of mathematics, we need to go through some basic calculus (don’t be afraid, my friend) and elementary differential equations (now you can panic a little bit). We will also introduce you with the concept of scientific modelling, and learn to use computer to numerically solve problems (we will not use HAL 9000, for those of you who are worried). By the end of our course, you will be well equipped to apply the new tools to tackle a wide range of problems.

Some of you probably have never learned calculus before. While it could be intimidating at first, you can still do it if you put in effort. Some hands-on examples in our course should get you up to speed.

Now buckle up, and we will get started!

对我们这些太空探索者来说,宇宙是一个很危险的地方。为求让你有能力完成旅程,我们会讨论一些基本的力学、重力定律、天文学和其他必要的物理原理。更重要的是,宇宙的定律是用数学语言写成的,因此我们需要进行学习一些基本的微积分(请不要太担心......)和简单的微分方程(你现可以有些少许恐慌了)。我们亦将会介绍科学建模的概念,并学习使用电脑来解决问题(放心,我们不会使用HAL 9000)。在课程结束时,你将会有能力应用这些新的工具来处理各种问题。




Organising units:
  • Department of Physics, CUHK
  • Centre for Promoting Science Education, CUHK
Category:   Category II – Academy Credit-Bearing
Learning outcomes:   Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
  1. Apply dimensional analysis
  2. State Newton's laws and law of gravitation
  3. Solve simple mechanical problems analytically
  4. Verify the general solution of simple oscillation motion
  5. Solve simple calculus problem with polynomials and sinusoidal functions by direct integration
  6. Calculate derivatives numerically by approximate them as ratio
  7. Understand how certain simple examples can be modelled by using ordinary differential equations
  8. Solve simple ordinary differential equations by using Simple Euler method withcomputer
Learning Activities:
  1. Lectures
  2. Exercise and Assignment
Medium of Instruction:   Cantonese supplemented with English
  1. Essay test or exam
  2. Homework
Recognition:   No. of Academy unit(s): 1.5
* Certificate or letter of completion will be awarded to students who attain at least 75% attendance and pass the assessment (if applicable)
Expected applicants:   Students who are promoting to or studying S4-S6.
Organising period:   Summer 2021
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