Probability in Action: From the Unfinished Game to the Modern World
2017-18 Sem B
3 - Science and Technology
CSE
CS
3
English
English
PILO 1
PILO 2
PILO 3
PILO 4
PILO 7
PILO 10
ATTITUDE
ABILITY
B2, A2
We live in an uncertain world, where many events occur unpredictably and be-yond our control. Yet before the 17th century there was no systematic way to represent this uncertainty, reason with it, and make predictions about random events. Enter two French mathematicians, Pascal and Fermat, who worked out the problem of the “unfinished game” – how to fairly divide the pot between players in an interrupted game of chance. The resulting discovery fundamen-tally changed the way that we think about randomness and uncertainty, and along with other discoveries about probability, have shaped every aspect of our modern world, allowing us to plan our lives with extraordinary precision in spite of all its uncertainties.

This course aims to expose students to the historical development of probability, and enhance the students' understanding on how probability affects their lives, as well as society as a whole. In tutorials and course projects, students will con-duct real world experiments to see concepts of probability in action.
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CRN Section Term Type Capacity Day Time Building Room Instructor
1328113281C012017-18 Sem BLecture120Fri12:00-13:50YEUNGLT-9
  • Dr. WANG Shiqi
1527115271CA12017-18 Sem BLecture20Fri15:00-16:50LI2510
  • Prof. ZHANG Qingfu
1740317403CC12017-18 Sem BLecture40Fri15:00-16:50LI2510
  • Prof. ZHANG Qingfu
1681616816CB12017-18 Sem BLecture30Fri15:00-16:50LI2510
  • Prof. ZHANG Qingfu
1312013120T032017-18 Sem BTutorial30Mon12:00-12:50LI1404
  • Dr. WANG Shiqi
1311813118T012017-18 Sem BTutorial30Mon13:00-13:50LI1404
  • Dr. WANG Shiqi
1311913119T022017-18 Sem BTutorial30Mon14:00-14:50LI1404
  • Dr. WANG Shiqi
1313913139T042017-18 Sem BTutorial30Thu11:00-11:50LI1404
  • Dr. WANG Shiqi
1527215272TB12017-18 Sem BTutorial30Fri14:00-14:50LI1306
  • Prof. ZHANG Qingfu
1740417404TC12017-18 Sem BTutorial10Fri17:00-17:50LI1306
  • LIN Xi
1318313183TA12017-18 Sem BTutorial20Fri17:00-17:50LI1306
  • LIN Xi
1740517405TC22017-18 Sem BTutorial30Fri18:00-18:50LI1306
  • Prof. ZHANG Qingfu
Last Updated Time: 18-Jan-2018 09:30