THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF SCIENCE
SCNC1111 Scientic Method and Reasoning
2014-15, Semester 1
Assignment 1
Instructions for Assignment 1
I) The deadline for submission of this assignment is 16:55, 25 September, 2014. Late submission will
not b

SCNC1111
Scientific Method and Reasoning
Part IIb
Lecture 12
Probability
08-04-2016
Probability
Probability theory arose from the study of
games of chance because of a gambler.
The mathematical foundations of statistics were
laid in the 17th century with

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Scientific Method and Reasoning
Part 2 a
Lecture 9
Differential Equations
29-10-2013
11-1-2013
Dr. Rachel Lui
Differential equation
Equations that we learned in schools such as
quadratic equations in one unknown or system of
linear equations in

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Scientific Method and Reasoning
Part II a: Quantitative Reasoning: Mathematics
Lecture 7
Matrix Algebra
2013-10-04
2013-10-08
2013-10-11
Dr. Tsing Nam Kiu
Wolves and Elk
Suppose in a forest there are wolves and elk living together, and the
wolves

SCNC1111
Scientific Method and Reasoning
Part 2 a
Lecture 10
Chaos Theory
2013 11 01
Dr. William M.Y. Cheung
What is Chaos?
What does chaos mean in an objective and scientific
sense?
2
What is Chaos?
Butterfly effect
Why are they connected?
What does t

SCNC1111
Scientific Method and Reasoning
Part IIb
Lecture 12
Probability and Statistics
2013 11 - 08
Eddy Lam
Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science
What is statistics?
The term statistics is ultimately derived from the New
Latin statisticum co

SCNC1111
Scientific Method and Reasoning
Part IIb
Lecture 13
Probability and Statistics
2013-11-12
Probability
Definition 1: A random experiment is a
process leading to at least two possible
outcomes with uncertainty as to which will
occur.
Examples are:

SCNC1111
Scientific Method and Reasoning
Part IIb
Lecture 16
Statistical Inference
2013-11-22
Normal Distribution
From 1989 through 2001, Gauss's portrait and a normal
distribution curve were featured on the German ten-mark
banknote.
Normal Distribution

SCNC1111
Scientific Method and Reasoning
Part IIb
Lecture 14
Probability
2013-11-15
Conditional Probability
The conditional probability of an event , given
that an event has occurred is equal to
=
()
provided that () > 0.
Example 9
(Clinical Trial) In

SCNC1111
Scientific Method and Reasoning
Introductory Lecture
2013-09-03
Science Foundation Courses
Two compulsory courses (science foundation) for
4-year Science Major:
SCNC1111 Scientific Method and Reasoning
To give students a holistic view of the sc

THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF SCIENCE
SCNCllll
SCIENTIFIC METHOD & REASONING
December 10, 2014
Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Only approved calculators as announced by the Examinations Secretary can be used in
this examination. It is candidates' res

THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
FACULTY OF SCIENCE
SCNCllll
SCIENTIFIC METHOD & REASONING
May 12, 2015
Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Only approved calculators as announced by the Examinations Secretary can be used in
this examination. It is candidates' respons

SCNC1111
Scientific Method and Reasoning
Part IIb
Lecture 11
Probability
31-03-2015
Conditional Probability
The conditional probability of an event , given
that an event has occurred is equal to
=
()
provided that () > 0.
Example 9
(Clinical Trial) In

SCNC1111
Scientific Method and Reasoning
Part IIb
Lecture 10
Probability and Statistics
27-03-2015
Eddy Lam
Department of Statistics and Actuarial Science
What is statistics?
The term statistics is ultimately derived from the New
Latin statisticum coll

SCNC1111
Scientific Method and Reasoning
Part II a: Quantitative Reasoning: Mathematics
Lecture 7
Matrix Algebra
2015-02-17, 2015-02-27, 2015-03-03
Dr Bosco Yung
Who is the speaker?
Dr Bosco H. K. Yung
An astrophysicist;
studies the stellar evolution o

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Scientific Method and Reasoning
Lecture 1
The Scientific Method
2015 01 23
Dr. William M.Y. Cheung
Reminders!
Check SIS (Have you successfully enrolled in this course?).
Check your tutorial time and venue.
Tutorial 1 starts next week.
Read th

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Scientific Method and Reasoning
Part I: The Nature and Methodology of Science
Lecture Outline
Semester 1, 2014/15
Dr. William M.Y. Cheung
Scientific Method
Then what is this Scientific Method?
it is a good procedure to carry out scientific stud

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Scientific Method and Reasoning
Part IIb
Lecture 15
Statistical Inference & Prediction
25-11-2014
Technique of Asking Sensitive Questions
To get answers to sensitive questions, we sometimes use a method called the
randomized response technique. T

SCNC1111
Scientific Method and Reasoning
Part IIb
Lecture 15
Statistics and Its Applications
2013-11-19
Tumblers Problem
Suppose you have two identical tumblers before you, one filled within an
inch of its top with liquid A, the other filled with an iden

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Scientific Method and Reasoning
Part 2 a
Lecture 8
Calculus
11-10-2013
22-10-2013
Dr. Rachel Lui
Surely Youre Joking, Mr. Feynman!
Released in 1985
Title: Cream or Lemon in his tea
His fascination with Safe-cracking
Studied various languages
Vent

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Scientific Method and Reasoning
Part IIb
Lecture 18
Hypotheses Testing
29-04-2016
Karl Pearson
Karl Pearson (18571936) an English
Mathematician, was a
pioneer in the
development of
Mathematical Statistics
He founded the worlds
first University

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Scientific Method and Reasoning
Part 2 a
Lecture 9
Fractals
18th March, 2016
Dr. Tsing Nam-Kiu
Shapes of Objects in Nature
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Source: beliefnet.com
Source: Smithsonian Institute
The Earth
Bee hive
Salt crystal
sphere
hexago

SCNC1111
Scientific Method and Reasoning
Part IIb
Lecture 19
Discussion
29-04-2016
Group Project Submission
Each group should submit ONE soft-copy and
ONE hard-copy of your essay. The soft-copy
should be submitted via the link
http:/moodle.hku.hk/mod/tu

SCNC1111
Scientific Method and Reasoning
Part 2 a
Lecture 9
Differential Equations
1st Mar, 2016
Dr. Rachel Lui
Exponential function
= 2
Exponent
1
2
3
4
0
1
2
0.5
2
4
8
16
1
1
2
1
4
1
8
1
2
Characteristics of this function?
1. When x>0?
2. When x<0?
3.

What is a difference equation?
Denition
Let 1 , 2 , 3 , be a sequence of numbers. A
recurrence relation or dierence equation is an
equation in which each further term is dened as a
function of the preceding terms.
Examples
= 1 + 2 (Fibonacci)
+1 = 0.5

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Scientific Method and Reasoning
Part II a: Quantitative Reasoning: Mathematics
Lecture 6b
Difference Equations
26th February, 2016
Dr. Rachel Lui
Rules
Form at most a group of 3 students.
Work on the questions together.
I will call the name of a

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Scientific Method and Reasoning
Lecture 1
The Scientific Method
2016-01-22
Dr. William M.Y. Cheung
1
Reminders!
Check SIS (Have you successfully enrolled in this course?).
Register your tutorial session on Moodle.
Keep an eye on any vacancies!