Mathematics Enrichment Camp 2016
Organised annually since 2005, the Mathematics Enrichment Camp provides a platform for pre-university students to learn about Mathematics and its applications, beyond the realm of textbook mathematics. Through this camp, the department also hopes to inspire students to study mathematics at NUS.
The half-day event was held on 13 August 2016 and comprised short talks on various topics. The camp kicked off with a welcome message by Prof ZHU Chengbo, Head of Department, and an introduction on the department’s undergraduate programmes by Prof Victor TAN, Assistant Head (Teaching) of the Department.
There were four talks to cater to diverse interests, ranging from complex numbers to gene orders.
Prof SUN Rongfeng provided a peek into the realm of randomness, Prof LOKE Hung Yean explained about complex numbers, Hamilton algebra and Cayley algebra, while Prof CHU Delin delved into the applications of scientific computing. Prof ZHANG Louxin ended the camp with an interesting food analogy to explain how genes are flipped in our genome, like how chefs sort pancakes by size.
After learning about various concepts and applications of mathematics, participants took part in a quiz, with prizes awarded to the first 10 all-correct answers or the closest.
The camp was attended by more than 100 students.
Prof Victor Tan said, “This is an excellent platform to reach out to pre-university students, especially those who are interested to pursue mathematics-related subjects when they enter university. We will continue to improve the camp activities to make the programme more engaging to the participants.”
One of the participants, LIU Timing, Vice President of the National Junior College Mathematics Society, said, “I found this experience extremely enriching and inspiring and would like to thank the department for providing such a precious opportunity to us."
Prof Loke Hung Yean used the popular PokemonGo game to explain complex numbers
Prof Zhang Louxin showed the connection between the flipping of pancakes and genes
Students from the National Junior College Mathematics Society with Prof Zhu Chengbo, Head of the Mathematics Department