Thursday, 20 August 2015

CWMI 2015 Singapore Team Results

Gold - Joel Tan Junyao, NUS High
Silver - Gabriel Goh and Matthew Fan from NUS High;  Li Chen Xu, Lee Ker Yang, Caleb Leow and Yang Gan from RI
Bronze - Khor Jun Wei, RI


Friday, 14 August 2015

CGMO 2015 Singapore Team Results

From left: Anqi, Estelle, Beverly, Lim Li

Silver (51)   - Lim Li, NUS High
Silver (42)   - Li Anqi, Raffles Girls' Sec
Bronze (18) - Beverly Chan, NUS High
Bronze (18) - Estelle Lee, Raffles Girls' Sec
marks before and after review Lim Li 39, 51 (official); Anqi 33, 42 (unofficial); Beverly 15, 18 (unofficial); Estelle 15, 18 (unofficial). Cut off for silver is 42

Monday, 10 August 2015

Off to Shen Zhen, Guangdong Province China

From left: Ms Vivian Jiang (NUS High teacher), Beverly, Lim Li, Anqi, Estelle and Mr Berner Poh (RGS teacher)
The Singapore Team left for China Girls Math Olympiad 2015 this morning, 0700 hrs on MI962. They will be staying in Shenzhen Senior High School's dormitory throughout the trip.

10 Aug, Mon - Arrival and Registration
11 Aug, Tue - Opening Ceremony, Aerobics
12 Aug, Wed - Competition Day 1, City Tour, Water Curtain Movie
13 Aug, Thu - Competition Day 2, Aerobics, Performance
14 Aug, Fri - Excursion and Closing Ceremony
15 Aug, Sat - Return to Singapore

Day 1:
Air-conditioned hostel room

Saturday, 8 August 2015

SG50 Jubilee Weekend (National Day long weekend holiday 7-10 August)

Singapore celebrates its 50th birthday on 9 Aug 2015, and with both Aug 7 and Aug 10 declared public holidays, we have a long weekend from 7 to 10 Aug (Friday to Monday).

To enable Singapore residents to spend a memorable weekend with friends and family, several attractions in Singapore such as museums, Singapore Scence Centre, Singapore Zoo, Singapore Bird Park Sentosa etc. have provided discounted or free admission for Singaporeans and Permanent Residents over the Jubilee Weekend. Visit Jubilee Weekend - Public Attractions and Facilities for more information. My family has planned visits to some of these attractions.

7 August:
Very long queue at Marina Bay Sands, to Art Science Museum. We queued for about 2.5 hrs before entering the museum.
Dreamworks Animation exhibition
The Deep exhibition
Singapore Stories: Then, Now and Tomorrow exhibition
8 August:
SG50 ice cream cone ($0.50) from McDonalds, Vivocity
Sands of Time
9 August:
Taking free MRT and bus rides.
Lunch at Nex, Dinner at Far East Plaza
Free MRT and bus rides on 9 August 2015

Thursday, 6 August 2015

SMO Annual Prize Presentation Ceremony Attendence

This year's SMO Annual Prize Presentation Ceremony will be held on 5 September, at NUS High. It is the 9th consecutive year that my family will be attending the ceremony.

2015 Lim Li: SMO Senior Individual 16th
2014 Lim Li: SMO Senior Individual 21st
2013 Lim Jeck: SMO Open Individual 1st, Team 1st, IMO Gold/Individual 3rd
2012 Lim Jeck: SMO Open Individual 1st, Team 1st, IMO Gold/Individual 1st
2011 Lim Jeck: SMO Open Individual 1st, Team 2nd, SMO Senior Individual 1st, Team 2nd, IMO Gold/Individual 2nd
2010 Lim Jeck: SMO Senior Individual 8th, Team 4th, SMO Open Individual 8th, Team 4th, IMO Silver; Lim Min: SMO Senior Team 4th
2009 Lim Jeck: SMO Junior Individual 1st, Team 1st, SMO Open Individual 5th, Team 3rd, IMO Bronze; Lim Min: SMPF Team Bronze
2008 Lim Jeck: SMO Junior Individual 6th, Team 2nd
2007 Lim Jeck: SMO Junior Individual 8th

Monday, 3 August 2015

Letter to my grandchildren in 2065 by Tommy Koh

By Professor Tommy Koh, For the Straits Times, 3 August 2015

What kind of society will Singapore be in 2065? This grandpa hopes some things won't change, especially values.

Dear Toby and Tara,

You will be 54 and 50 years old, respectively, when Singapore celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2065.

If the last 50 years is a guide, you will probably experience as many dramatic changes as I have in the past 50 years. I expect that cures will be discovered for such dreaded diseases as cancer, dementia, diabetes, Parkinson's. Thus, I fully expect that both of you will continue to lead healthy, productive, energetic lives for many more decades, as life expectancy may exceed 100 by this time.

I expect solar energy to become increasingly competitive and that, one day, it will replace energy from fossil fuels. I expect agriculture to be more productive and less demanding of water. Revolutionary changes will take place in all aspects of our lives, in ways which are unimaginable today.

However, the purpose of my letter is not to join the pundits and futurologists in anticipating the changes that will take place in the next 50 years.

What I want to do is to talk to you about things that I hope will not change. I want to talk about values, beliefs and customs which are or should be timeless.


First, you should love your country.

Singapore may be a small and young country; it is, however, an extraordinary country. If all goes well, we would have remained a stable, peaceful country with our own government, our own military and law enforcement agencies.

In our country, people of different races, colours and religions live in peace and harmony. We celebrate our diversity as a blessing and not as a defect. We recognise and reward talent and merit and we dislike class, privilege and snobbery. We treat our women well and our talented women have helped to make Singapore the success that it is. We are admired for our integrity, reliability and competence. If I have another life to live, I would like to be born again in Singapore.


Second, you should love the world.

By "the world", I mean both the human world and the natural world. I believe in the Confucian philosophy that, under heaven, all men are brothers and all women are sisters. It is not enough to love Singapore - you should also love the human family. Because of globalisation and the technological revolution, we truly live in one world and our lives are inextricably linked. For example, we should be concerned about the growing health crisis in South Korea at this juncture - in July 2015 - because Mers is very likely to spread from there to other countries.

We should empathise with the refugees fleeing persecution and despair in Myanmar because they are part of the Asean family.

Even if, by the time you read this, these countries and organisations have evolved into different forms, we should feel a bond with people around our region, and indeed all around the world, with whom we share a common humanity.

We should also love and respect the natural world because the earth is our home. If we continue to abuse nature, to degrade our ecosystems and neglect our duty as the stewards of the global commons, we will sooner or later face an environmental crisis.

I hope that you and your generation will have the wisdom to make a paradigm shift to a new and more sustainable model of economy and civilisation.


Third, love your family.

No matter how many technological advances are made, one thing is for sure: Your mother and father, your grandparents, your godparents and other relatives have loved you from the day you were born.

Your parents have made sacrifices and will continue to make sacrifices in order to give you a happy childhood and a good start in life. Remember that the key people in the world who love you unconditionally, in good times and in bad times, are your parents. Be good to your parents when you are grown-up and when they are old.

There is a disturbing trend in Singapore of children abandoning their elderly parents. I hope that, by the time you read this, this remains a small minority and does not become commonplace.


Fourth, make friends for life.

Most human beings are social animals. We need the company of good friends in order to be happy and to thrive. Make good friends and keep them for life.

Many Singaporeans hold a functional or transactional attitude towards friends. You are my friend only as long as you are useful to me. The moment you are no longer useful to me, I will "unfriend" you. This is a bad attitude and smacks of opportunism. The good friends I have made in my childhood, school, university and at various points in my career, both here and abroad, have enriched my life.


Fifth, do not worship money.

There is a joke that the main form of worship in Singapore is the worship of money. Singaporeans are a materialistic and money-loving people.

My attitude towards money is that we all need to make money in order to provide for our family and to be able to lead a dignified life. My goal in life is, however, not to make money but to help build a better Singapore and a better world. You should remember that money can't buy you good health, peace of mind or a happy family.

In fact, money often sows discord in families. Money can buy you a big house and a big car but not a good reputation. It is more important for you to do a job which brings you joy and satisfaction than a job which you do only because it brings you a lot of money. Pursue your talent and your passion and not money.


Sixth, be a kind person.

Of all the virtues, the one that I value the most is kindness. You should be kind to everyone you meet. Many Singaporeans have a selective approach to kindness. They are kind to their bosses or persons in authority over them. They are less kind towards their subordinates. I do not regard such a person as a kind person.

A kind person is one who is kind to everyone, including strangers. In my experience, kindness begets kindness.


Seventh, be a loyal person.

Loyalty is a virtue which seems to have gone out of fashion. I believe that one should be loyal to one's country, spouse, school, university, employer, friends and institutions. I am loyal to my old school, Raffles Institution, and have never said no to a request from the school. I am loyal to the National University of Singapore, Harvard and Cambridge because they have helped to educate me.

Because I served for nine years as a director of DBS, it is my primary banker. Because I served for five years as a director of Singtel, I subscribe only to Singtel for my telecommunication needs. Because I served for over five years on the international advisory board of Toyota, I own and operate a car made by Toyota. I have patronised the same tailor and optician for as long as I can remember.

This may be seen by some as an old-fashioned attitude but I would like to think that loyalty, like kindness, should never go out of fashion.


Eighth, try to lead a healthy and culturally rich life.

My father taught me to exercise every day in order to keep physically fit. I swim or walk every morning. My father also taught me to love books and to enjoy reading. I read both books of fiction and non-fiction every day.

My mother taught me to enjoy the arts. I feel very privileged to have served as the founding chairman of the National Arts Council and as the second chairman of the National Heritage Board. I hope you will develop your own interests in culture and the arts. They will bring great joy to your life.

I hope you will grow up to be a good man and a good woman. I wish you happy, healthy, peaceful and productive lives.

Your loving Ye Ye,
Tommy Koh

• Tommy Koh is Ambassador-At-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and special adviser to the Institute of Policy Studies and chairman of the Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore. He was NUS law faculty dean before becoming a diplomat. He has served in Singapore missions in the United States, Mexico, Canada and on United Nations and World Trade Organisation missions and dispute panels.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 03, 2015, with the headline 'Letter to my grandchildren in 2065'.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

IOI 2015, ICHO 2015, IPhO 2015 and IBO 2015 Singapore Teams' Results

IOI 2015 Results

IOI 2015 Singapore Team has won 1 Silver 3 Bronze
Silver - Jacob Teo, NUS High
Bronze - Feng Jiahai, RI
Bronze - Howe Choong Yin, NUS High
Bronze - Pang Wen Yuen, RI

IChO 2015 Results

IChO 2015 Singapore Team has won 1 Gold 3 Silver
Gold - Li Bingjian, RI
Silver - Kee Jing Yee, NUS High
Silver - Kang Yi Cheng, RI
Silver - Bram Lim Song Jie, HCI

IPhO 2015 Full Results

IPhO 2015 Singapore Team has won 1 Gold 4 Silver

Gold (ranked 5th) - Darren Chua Yee Shuen, RI
Silver - Garett Tok Em Liang, NUS High
Silver - Peter Yuen, RI
Silver - Joel Tan Shi Quan, NUS High
Silver - Joshua Lim Yong Kiat, NUS High

IBO 2015 Full Results

IBO 2015 Singapore Team has won 3 Gold 1 Silver

Gold (ranked 4th) - Daniel Tan Chee Hian, HCI
Gold - Samuel Fong En Lei, RI
Gold - Chang Jia Geng, RI
Silver - Theophila Toh Ying Lin, NUS High


Wednesday, 15 July 2015

IMO 2015 Results

Results on IMO 2015 Official Website
USA is the top country. The last time USA came in top was in 1994, when they achieved 6 perfect scores!

Alex Song from Canada is the newly crowned king in Hall of Fame. Lim Jeck is now ranked joint 9th.
Singapore came in 10th with 1 Gold, 4 Silver and 1 Bronze.
This year's cut off points for Gold: Silver: Bronze are 26: 19: 14

Monday, 13 July 2015

Hosting Hungary Exchange Students

Lim Li went for Student Exchange Programme in Fazekas Mihåly High School, Hungary, from 14 - 21 March 2015. Refer to here and the photos.

Five Hungary students are currently having their exchange programme with NUS High from 9 to 16 July. We have hosted two students, Hoang Ly Melinda and Ujvari Eszter, from 10 - 12 July. They stay in NUS High Boarding School on other days.

From left: Melinda, Eszter and Lim Li. They are eating Chinese dumplings for breakfast.

Monday, 22 June 2015

Cyber Defenders Discovery Camp 2015

Source: AsiaOne

S'pore 'will need more cyber defenders'

The winning team of the University/Polytechnic category at this year's Cyber Defenders Discovery Camp with Minister of State for Defence Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman at a hands-on cybersecurity exercise. From left: Ho Wei Xiong, 25, Lim Anyu, 25, Lim Min, 21, Erickson Tjoa, 24.  Photo: DSTA
As Singapore grows increasingly wired, more manpower will be needed to keep its online infrastructure safe from malicious attacks- and the Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) is reaching out to young talents to ensure that the nation's cyber security is kept up to speed. 

"We will need more and more cyber-security engineers in Singapore, going forward," said DSTA cyber-security director Tan Ah Tuan.

He was speaking at the award ceremony of the third Cyber Defenders Discovery Camp held at the Singapore University of Technology and Design yesterday.

These camps for pre-university and tertiary students aim to raise awareness of cyber security and to interest them in a career within the field.

Twenty-two teams from junior colleges, polytechnics and universities took part in the three-day camp, which saw a record turnout of 323 students this year - three times that of the previous years.

Participants went for a two-day crash course on how cyber attacks are launched and how to defend against these attacks through firewalls and patching up server vulnerabilities.

They applied their skills at a competition yesterday, where each team had to defend its own servers and network while attacking the other teams' systems at the same time.

Minister of State for Defence Mohamad Maliki Osman, who was the guest of honour, said the camp was to search for "the best and brightest to be Singapore's future cyber defenders".

The nation's cyber-defence workforce and its skill sets must increase, said Dr Maliki, in order to stay ahead of cyber attackers.

Undergraduate Erickson Tjoa, 24, who was in the winning team in the university/polytechnic category, said the experience had made him more interested in cyber security. "I originally wanted to go into academia, but this field is more creative and exciting," said Mr Tjoa.

According to Mr Tan, agencies will require innovative and creative cyber defenders to fight the ever-growing threat of cyber attacks.

"We do offer internships to the teams who display aptitude in this area," said Mr Tan. That was the route Mr Elvin Poh took. The 27-year-old was a participant at the inaugural camp in 2012, and is now a cyber-defence engineer at DSTA's Cybersecurity Programme Centre.

"The camp was my first glimpse into the cyber-security world, where I developed my interest in learning how to protect systems," said Mr Poh.


Junior College/Integrated Programme category winner: Anderson Junior College University/Polytechnic category winner: Smuntunus team comprising undergraduate students from Singapore Management University, Nanyang Technological University and National University of Singapore (hence the team name smuntunus)

Team Smuntunus comprising members Erickson Tjoa (NTU), Lim Min (NTU), Lim An Yu (SMU) and Ho Wei Xiong (NUS) came in first in the University/Polytechnic category. They won S$8,000.

Monday, 8 June 2015

CGMO 2015, CMO 2015, CWMI 2015 Singapore Teams

The following girls will represent Singapore in the China Girls Mathematical Olympiad (CGMO), which will be held in Shen Zhen, China, from 10 - 14 August 2015:

Beverly Chan Li Xuan, Year 3, NUS High
Lim Li, Year 4, NUS High
Estelle Lee, Year 3, RGS
Li Anqi, Year 3, RGS

The following students are selected for the China Mathematical Olympiad (CMO) 2015, to be held in December 2015:

Bryan Wang, Year 4, HCI
Dylan Toh, Year 3, NUS High
Clarence Chew, Year 4, NUS High
Ma Zhaoyu, Year 4, RI
Glen Lim, Year 5, RI
Sheldon Kieren Tan, Year 5, RI

The following students are selected for China Western Mathematical Invitational (CWMI) 2015 which will be held from 15 - 20 August 2015:

Joel Tan, Year 2, NUS High
Gabriel Goh, Year 3, NUS High
Matthew Fan, Year 4, NUS High
Khor Jun Wei, Year 2, RI
Li Chen Xu, Year 2, RI
Lee Ker Yang, Year 3, RI
Caleb Leow, Year 3, RI
Yang Gan, Year 5, RI

Heartiest congratulations to one and all!

SIMO Camp 2015

Annual residential SIMO Camp, for SIMO Senior Team and SIMO National Team members
From 5 to 9 June, held at NUS High

Introduction on Day 1
Ice breaking game, where one will be picked to sit or lie down on ice (placed on chairs) for 10 secs.
In NUS High hostel
Formal night with buffet dinner.

Penalty of playing Indian Poker - the loser has to eat a spoonful of very chopped up mango pudding.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

IBO 2015 Singapore Team and IPhO 2015 Singapore Team

The 26th IBO (International Biology Olympiad) will take place in Aarhus, Denmark, from 12 - 19 July 2015.

The following Year 6 (JC2) students are in the Singapore Team:

Daniel Tan, HCI
Theophila Toh, NUS High
Chang Jia Geng, RI
Samuel Fong, RI

The 46th IPhO (International Physics Olympiad) will be held in Mumbai, India, from 5 - 12 July 2015.

Our Singapore Team comprises the following Year 6 (JC2) students:

Joel Tan Shi Quan, NUS High
Joshua Lim, NUS High
Garett Tok, NUS High
Darren Chua, RI
Peter Yuen, RI

Congratulations to the above students!!

Thursday, 4 June 2015

SMO 2015 (Open Section) Answers

SMO 2015 Results

SMO 2015 Open Questions

SMO 2015 Open Round 2 cut off (~12-13)

SMO 2015 (Open Section) Answers

1. 120
2. 3
3. 1
4. 30
5. 4028
6. 216
7. 1512
8. 3
9. 6
10. 1024
11. 21
12. 925327
13. 10050
14. 38918
15. 3
16. 0
17. 160
18. 88330
19. 5
20. 15
21. 4383
22. 5
23. 102
24. 2
25. 33

Initial answers are provided by Clarence Chew.

SMO (Open) Previous Years' Cut-off Points (Inclusive of Round 2 scores)
2013 Gold (26), Silver (13), Bronze (10), HM (9), Round 2 (14), Top 30 (28)
2012 Gold (21), Silver (8), Bronze (6), HM (5), Round 2 (8)
2011 Gold (18), Silver (9), Bronze (6), HM (5), Round 2 (9)
2010 Gold (38), Silver (9), Bronze (6), HM (5)
2009 Gold (27-29), Silver (9), Bronze (6), HM (5)
2008 Gold (27), Silver (11), Bronze (10), HM (6)
2007 Gold (19-20), Silver (9), Bronze (6), HM (5)

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

SMO 2015 (Senior Section) Answers

SMO 2015 Senior Questions

SMO 2015 Senior Round 2 cut off (~17)

SMO 2015 (Senior Section) Answers

1. B
2. B
3. B
4. A
5. D
6. E
7. D
8. C
9. C
10. A
11. 4
12. 960
13. 9
14. 11
15. 6
16. 50
17. 2016
18. 1225
19. 18
20. 4
21. 87
22. 100
23. 4
24. 5
25. 13
26. 21978
27. 32
28. 25
29. 6
30. 12
31. 28
32. 5
33. 1728
34. 509
35. 20

Initial answers are provided by Clarence Chew.

SMO (Senior) Previous Years' Cut-off Points (Inclusive of Round 2 scores)
2014 Scores were not revealed to schools and students
2013 Gold (13), Silver (8), Bronze (6), HM (5), Round 2 (~8), Top 30 (~26)
2012 Gold (24), Silver (11), Bronze (8), HM (7), Round 2 (11)
2011 Gold (21), Silver (15), Bronze (10), HM (9), Round 2 (~15), Top 30 (27)
2010 Gold (26), Silver (10), Bronze (7), HM (6)
2009 Gold (19-23), Silver (10), Bronze (7), HM (6)
2008 Gold (27-28), Silver (15), Bronze (10), HM (9)
2007 Gold (29-30), Silver (16), Bronze (12), HM (10)

SMO 2015 (Junior Section) Answers

SMO 2015 Results

SMO 2015 Junior Questions

SMO 2015 Junior Round 2 cut off (~15)

SMO 2015 (Junior Section) Answers

1. D
2. E
3. B
4. D
5. A
6. B
7. C
8. A
9. D
10. D
11. 28
12. 40
13. 27720
14. 180
15. 4851
16. 18
17. 16
18. 42
19. 31
20. 23
21. 10002
22. 2016
23. 674
24. 6
25. 532
26. 12
27. 3
28. 1600
29. 1312
30. 9961
31. 18
32. 59
33. 12
34. 1078
35. 80 (qn is flawed, impossible scenario)

Initial answers are provided by a Year 2 NUS High student who does not wish to be named, and is different from last year's answers provider.

SMO (Junior) Previous Years' Cut-off Points (Inclusive of Round 2 scores)
2014 Scores were not revealed to schools and students
2013 Gold (27), Silver (11), Bronze (8), HM (7), Round 2 (13), Top 30 (~50)
2012 Gold (17), Silver (8), Bronze (6), HM (5), Round 2 (8)
2011 Gold (12), Silver (9), Bronze (7), HM (6), Round 2 (11), Top 30 (~34)
2010 Gold (24), Silver (9), Bronze (8), HM (5)
2009 Gold (11), Silver (7), Bronze (6), HM (5)
2008 Gold (23), Silver (14), Bronze (11), HM (10)
2007 Gold (20), Silver (14), Bronze (11), HM (10)

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

NTU 2014/2015 Semester 2 Exam Results

Lim Min's Year 2 Semester 2 exam results:
For CY1500 Grade S - S/U module with Satisfactory.  Semester GPA 5.0, cGPA 4.96
Well done, Lim Min. She obtains a perfect semestral GPA of 5.0 for the third consecutive time.

Below are comments on the modules, written by Lim Min, for the benefit of her juniors.

Year 2 Semester 2 2015 (29 AUs)

Overall, not sure if my brain deteriorated or not, but this sem’s exams are harder than last sem’s.

HW0203 Research Writing in SPMS (3AU) (Ger-Core)
Lecturer: Dr Sujata S Kathpalia
Tutorial: Ms Audrey Cheng
Class participation: 20%
Individual Critique Writing: 40%
Final Group Project Report: 40%
Overall Grade: A+

I attended only a few of the lectures. Maybe 4? Even if I attended, I might also sleep in it. I think you can totally not go for any of the lectures.

The tutorial teacher is really nice, friendly, and VERY approachable. She can be really funny too!! Hahaha.

I think this is the last time they are offering this mod. Yay! (\^o^/). After all, I think this is quite a pointless module. It is more towards humanities research writing than science research writing I think. A lot of the marks go to language (e.g. grammar). And the research project you do is like those where you use surveys or human samples to gather your data. It is like a mini PW project. Maybe it would have been better to have SPMS profs guide us, like agree/disagree with our project proposal, or let us choose a topic from their list. But of course this is not possible since there are too few profs for too many students.

Unbelievably, I got A+ HAHAHAHAHA!!! Must be because my 2 best friends helped me check for my grammar and sentence structure (and corrected quite A LOT)!!! All these grammar Nazis. This was possibly the most unexpected grade.

CE9001 Java and the Internet (3AU) (UE, minor-Computing)
Lecturer: Dr. Li Fang
Tutorial: Dr. Li Fang
Test 1: (20%)
Test 2: (20%)
Final (29 Apr 2015, 1700-1900): 60%
Overall grade: A+

The notes are really detailed and self-explanatory. But going to the lecture can be a little useful. The lecturer can be really funny sometimes. Like the stuff she says can be quite cute.

Test 1 consists of 5 MCQs (3 marks each, that is like 3% of your overall grade each!! (XoX)) and 1 open-ended (which was really easy) for 5 marks. The MCQs are quite tricky, also, they test on some memory stuff like what will happen when you run this code? (runtime error? compile error? it runs fine? etc) So you got to know the meaning of the different errors. For this test, I suspect I got 17/20 as I didn’t know if it is compile or runtime error (I only know the code had error) and guessed wrongly.

Test 2 have no MCQ. It tests more on your understanding. Like fill in the codes, or what will this code output.

The final paper standard is similar to any other years. And the only thing you possibly need to memorise (other than coding syntax) is the 7 layers of OSI. If you can program, it should be quite easy to score. This is a 2 hour paper. I think I finished it in 1hr 45mins, because I wrote explanations which might not have been necessary, but just to play safe. But it's quite tricky though. Like some outputs are decimals, thus, have to remember to add a ".0" at the end.

MH4310 Coding Theory (4AU)
Lecturer: Dr. Fred Ezerman (first half), Dr. Nguyen Ta Toan Khoa (second half)
Tutorial: Dr. Fred Ezerman (first half), Dr. Nguyen Ta Toan Khoa (second half)
Midterm test: 93/100 (25%)
Homework 1: 85/100 (12.5%)
Homework 2: 92/100 (12.5%)
Final (24 Apr 2015, 0900-1100): 50%
Overall grade: A+

The notes are self-explanatory, but going to the lecture helps as the lecturer writes stuff on the board which can be quite insightful at times. But there are too FEW people taking this mod!! So there is NO recorded lecture. I heard SPMS will not open the class if there are less than 10 students. Why are people not taking this mod??!!! I ENCOURAGE people to take this mod. The stuff you learn is quite cool, and the questions set are mostly direct application of what you know.

For the midterm test, this is the given stats:
Marks: 52, 88, 53, 32, 88, 43, 93, 26, 55, 71, 40, 58.
Mean: 58.25.
Standard Deviation: 22.39.

The last 20 marks question was really hard. Even reading the solutions, I find it quite hard to digest.

Homework 2 stats:
Marks: 95, 95, 50, 64, 88, 80, 36, 92, 72, 73, 90, 85, 76
Mean 76.62
Standard Deviation: 17.92

I think they changed some syllabus, thus, past year papers might not be really applicable. The final exam was really easy though. You can do all if you really understood everything in the lecture. The final paper was definitely way easier than the midterm. Choose 4 questions to do out of 5. I couldn’t do question 3 part b), So I left out question 3.

Since MAS didn’t have solutions for the past year papers, I did some questions of the 2014 paper (I could only do 4 out of 6 T.T). My solution can be found here. Not guaranteed correct.

MH3701 Basic Optimization (4AU)
Lecturer: Prof Chua Chek Beng
Tutorial: Prof Chua Chek Beng
Labs: 4/3 (3%) (4 labs, each 1%)
Online quizzes: 12/12 (12%) unlimited attempts, 3 quizes, 12 qns
Midterm test: 24/25 (25%)
Final test: (60%)
Overall grade: A+

The lecturer is very patient, nice and clear. But his monotonous voice for the online lecture is really funny hahaha. The lecture is a MUST attend, because the slides have a lot of blanks to fill. But the slides fonts are really big, so I print 16 slides per page. He have notes and slides version, I think the slides version is sufficient. You don’t really have to touch the notes.

The midterm test is 100 minutes. 20 out of the 25 marks are giveaways. The mean is 16.65, median is 17. I spend quite long on the last question, luckily, I still managed to finish it. I lost 1 mark because my artificial problem had too many variables. (Note, artificial problem, make sure you introduce as little variables as possible).

The final paper was really HARD I think. 60 marks were really easy, anyone who studies can probably get all 60 marks. The last 40 marks was really hard T.T. There is not enough time!! I wrote quite a lot in front, (not sure if I could have done more short cuts). But the last 40 marks really require you to think quite some time. So I couldn’t finish thinking. It was 12m, 12m, 16m. The first 12 marks is 6 true/false questions, where they deduct 2 marks if you get it wrong. I didn’t dare fill in 2 of them because I was not sure what is the definition of a degenerate iteration and one of the question mentioned something about m non-zero and I have no idea what it was referring to. The b values or what?? I rather it be a true/false question with the requirement that we have to give an explanation on how we get it. The next 12 marks I could only prove 1 direction, it was really similar to the midterm qn but I didn't have luxury of time now. The last 16 marks I could show 2 solutions but didn't show exactly 2. I think I'm pretty dead for this paper. It was the most challenging paper among all the papers I took. I hope I can still get an A :/.

Just about 10 mins before the paper I actually sprained my leg -.-. So painful T.T. From the walkway to the road there EXISTS a step down. I end up having to spend the next week Lim-ping (the stupid pun a friend came up with).

MAS didn’t have past year paper solutions. My solution for the 2014 and 2013 paper can be found here. Not guaranteed correct (there are some minor obvious typos that I was too lazy to change, final answer should be correct though).

MH3700 Numerical Analysis (3AU)
Lectuer: Prof Viet Ha Hoang
Tutorial: Prof Viet Ha Hoang
Midterm test: 100/100 (40%)
Final exam (7 May 2015, 1300-1500): 60%
Overall grade: A

This Prof the notes is REALLY self-explanatory. His notes, his tutorials, his solutions, are all extremely clear. So clear that you can totally skip all his lessons and not miss a single thing. But his lecture/explanations are really clear too. Maybe it is a 3AU mod, but the content for this mod is one of the least, I feel. I only spent about 1.5 days to study for the final paper. It is only 6 short chapters. It is a pretty straightforward mod.

The midterm has no programming question, and the final paper will have 1 programming question.

I couldn’t finish the last question for the final paper though. There is a bug that I haven’t correct due to the lack of time.

The solutions given by MAS website are mostly correct, but I think the 2013 paper was not well done. Or at least I couldn’t understand what was the solution about. This is especially so for Question 6, my solution for this question can be found here.

I thought I was quite confident of an A+ for this mod but I got an A hahahahahaha. Maybe the bug was not a bug but I was thinking on the wrong track!!

MH3110 Ordinary Differential Equations (4AU)
Lecturer: Dr Fedor Duzhin
Tutorial: Dr Fedor Duzhin
Hard Assessment: 24/24 (24%)
Soft Assessment: 24/24 (24%)
Final exam (27 Apr 2015, 1300-1500): 52%
Overall grade: A

Dr Fedor loves to give online surveys and ask for students’ feedback. Even the hard assessment was voted by students. Which turned out to be the best 3 scores out of 5 papers (8 marks per paper). Soft assessment includes homework, assignments, clicker questions during tutorial slots. From the soft assessment you can get like more than double the max score (maybe 50 or something), thus most people get full marks for this -.-. I think of the hard and soft assessment of 48%, around 40% of the people got the full 48%..... Which means the final kind of decides your grade.

The homework/tutorial questions will not be gone through, instead, during tutorial slot, we have clicker sessions. Where there are 5 clicker questions to be done, and either Dr Fedor or his TAs will go through the clicker questions. As they go through, it is best if you copy down the solutions for most of it will not be uploaded.

The lecture might go a bit slow, but if you pay close attention, Dr Fedor does give loads of insights, with regard to how he thinks certain things. It is really cool. I love the clicker questions the most!! They are usually not your standard question, but really tests your thinking and application of what you know. Loads of the clicker questions are VERY insightful. The clicker questions are really fun.

Before the final paper, Dr Fedor will tell you what you need to study, which is really all that came up for the final paper. Out of 100, 90 marks are standard questions (very similar to clicker/hmwk question that he tells you to study). I think I didn’t do the 10 marks harder question properly, I think there is a huge hole in the claim I made. And one of the easier question I don’t know why I did it wrongly. It is like an illusion hahaha. That was worth about 5 marks? I am not sure. And many people did really well, so… hopefully I can still get an A. The questions are actually not easy, when you see it for the first time. But it is so similar to the tutorial/clicker questions that it becomes really easy because you just had to apply the same thinking.

After the final paper, Dr Fedor uploaded the solutions. It can be found here.

I think getting full marks for the 48% and losing 15 marks for the final paper would bring you to the A- band already.

MH9000 Mathematical Problem Solving (2AU)
Lectuer: Dr Fedor Duzhin
Tutorial: Dr Fedor Duzhin
I’m not really sure about the distribution, but there are attendance marks, class tutorial marks, homework marks, “final” paper which is the NTU Euler Math Competition paper.
Overall grade: A+

There are only 9 people in this mod. At the last lesson, Dr Fedor claims that everyone will get at least an A (even those who didn’t go for the “final” paper) because all of us put a lot of effort into the homework.

Every week, there will be a 2 hr class tutorial where 5 questions will be given and you solve in groups of 2-3 for 80 minutes, then each group will present certain questions that they have done. Every week, there is also a homework of 5 questions to be submitted online, and your peers will grade you. (This is quite cool especially when your peers have different cool solutions that you won’t think of). And of course if you are unhappy with your homework score, you can bring it up to Dr Fedor and he will grade it.

This mod is REALLY REALLY fun!! Especially when you can see how some of your peers solve certain questions, it is really cool!! I go OHH YAAAA so often in this mod.

The “final” paper has 5 questions, and like always, I can only do 1 out of 5. >.<

PS8001 Defence Science (3AU)
Lecturer: A lot of people from DSO/NTU
Final (30 Apr 2015, 1500-1900): 100%
Overall grade: Pass

This is a pass/fail mod. I didn’t attend a single lecture. But on the last lecture, the lecturer will actually go through 15 questions that will DEFINITELY come out in the final exam.

The final exam consists of 100 questions (of which many are recycled from previous years papers, so if you somehow have access to previous years papers good for you). I had an exam that ends at 7pm the day before, and I didn’t touch this mod at all until like 8.30pm on 29 Apr. So I only had like 8hrs to study everything. Which actually turn out fine. Just read all the slides, remember a bit here and there (I had some advantage as I know cryptography and those encryption things which was about 1/5 of the paper). I think there are about 10 topics, so about 10 questions from each topic. To pass is 40 marks, and the paper is really not hard at all. Even with my very bad memory and very bad guessing skills, I think I am quite confident of passing.

CY1500 Introductory Research Methodology (3AU)
Lectuer: Various CNYang Seniors
Tutorial: Various CNYang Seniors
Can’t remember, confirm have report and presentation.
Overall grade: S

We were told we cannot SU this mod, but for some reasons, the SU option was available, so I just SUed it. Even though I heard that about 80% will get A/A+, but I was quite sure I am at the bottom 20%. Because I wrote my report pretty informally (thus losing a lot of marks), and my presentation was really bad. It started off well, but then my mind went blank and I had to flip the crushed script on my hand (I folded it really small as I thought I won’t need it) which ended horribly. The comment I got was “That long pause there was FATAL.”. Since it was so fatal, I just HAD to SU this. CNYang mods are SERIOUSLY PULLING MY GPA DOWN.

Haha I really could SU it… I ended up with an S…