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Mathematical Sciences

Dr Lu Heng Sunny Yu BSc, MASt, PhD

Teaching Fellow

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Dr Lu Heng Sunny Yu is a Teaching Fellow in the School of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Teaching Fellow in Mathematics, University of Southampton.

Lecturer in Physics, University of California, Irvine.

Teaching Associate, University of California, Irvine.

Teaching Assistant, University of California, Irvine.

PhD Theoretical Physics, University of California, Irvine.

MASt Mathematics (Part III), DAMTP, University of Cambridge.

BSc Mathematics and Physics, University College London.

Research interests

My research interests include the mathematics and foundational side of theoretical physics, and pedagogical sides of mathematics and physics education and communication.

On the foundational theoretical physics side, my interest includes relativity, cosmology, quantum field theory (QFT) and quantum gravity.  In particular, my research focuses on using the often-underexplored areas of nonperturbative mathematical methods in quantum field theory, and apply them to solve the common issues associated with quantum gravity.  Most recently, I study how quantum gravity can create physical and measurable cosmological implications to the universe.

On the education side, I have always been passionate about sharing and communicating the wonders of mathematics and physics to a wide range of audiences.  I have worked extensively with students of all ages in the past.  I am dedicated to making mathematics- and physics-learning more accessible, to inspire and to help students who struggles to gain confidence in navigating these difficult subjects, and to popularise these subjects that are often perceived as difficult and challenging.  In my current research, I am involved in developing teaching methods and principles that achieve these goals.

Most recently, I have also been excited about exploring the best and most appropriate ways to bring in technology to mathematics education.  The goal is to implement technology in a way that enhances the students’ learning-experiences and teachers’ teaching-experiences, yet preserves and not lose the essence and many benefits of traditional mathematics education.  This includes developing technology that can assist with teachers’ teaching-experiences such as grading, and complementing students’ learning-experiences with active practices and community-learning.

Research Projects

Mathematics and Physics Education.

Cosmological Implications of Quantum Gravity.

Research group

Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics

Outreach and Schools Liaison.

MATH2047 Mathematics for Electronics & Electrical Engineering Part II

MATH1007 Mathematical Methods for Physical Scientists 1b

MATH1009 Mathematical Methods for Scientist 1b

Outreach and Schools Liaison for the School of Mathematical Sciences

Contact for information.

Dr Lu Heng Sunny Yu
Building 54 Mathematical Sciences University of Southampton Highfield Southampton SO17 1BJ

Room Number NNN: 54/5005

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