Hung Tim Lu PH.D.

College of Natural and Computational Sciences - Department of Mathematics

Assistant Professor of Mathematics



  • University of California, Riverside

Courses Taught:

  • MATH 1105 Intermediate Algebra
  • MATH 1130 Pre-Calculus I
  • MATH 1140 Pre-Calculus II
  • MATH 1234 Introduction to Cryptography
  • MATH 2326 Math for Decision-Making
  • MATH 3220 College Geometry
  • MATH 4450 Complex Analysis

Teaching/Research Interests:

Wide spectrum of mathematics from Pre-Calculus to Calculus, Real and Complex Analysis, Linear and Abstract Algebra, Differential Equations, Number Theory and Topology. Fractal Geometry and Number Theory

I teach mathematics for understanding and therefore I strive to let students learn mathematics by doing mathematics as much as possible. I am interested in teaching mathematics, with all its beauty and difficulties, with gentle Socratic inquiry and learning by doing and sharing to guide students to experience the art of mathematics for themselves. “Benefits come from determination and participation. Hesitation and observation will not work."  Shaolin Temple's Abbot Shi Yong Xin.  Together with my colleague Tara Davis, we have written an article on Students-centered versus instructor-centered approaches to teaching precalculus.

I am also interested in a global theory of complex fractal dimensions for adelic fractal strings. Together with Professors Michel Lapidus and Machiel van Frankenhuijsen, we have written papers on the Nonarchimedean Cantor set and string, Self-similar p-adic fractal strings and their complex dimensions, Geometry of p-adic fractal strings, Minkowski measurability and exact tube formulas for p-adic self-similar fractal strings, Minkowski dimension and explicit tube formulas for p-adic fractal strings, and Section 13.2 on p-adic fractal strings and their complex dimensions in the second edition of the Springer monographs in mathematics, Fractal Geometry, Complex Dimensions and Zeta Functions: Geometry and Spec-tra of Fractal Strings, by Michel Lapidus and Machiel van Frankenhuijsen. We are working on the project Towards adelic fractal strings and global complex fractal dimensions.

Personal Interests/Biography:

Dr. Lu is an active member of the university who has served on the Search Committee, Learning Assessment Committee, Undergraduate Curriculum Committees, Scholarly Endeavor Program, Faculty Promotion and Review Committees at HPU. He has also participated in the HPU Math Club, S.T.E.M. Club, Kappa Mu Epsilon National Math Honor Program and Faculty Assembly.  Additionally, Dr. Lu has co-organized with professional mathematicians across the United States of America special sessions on Fractal Geometry and related topics at the American Mathematical Society meetings in Riverside and in Hawai`i.  Along with everything else, Dr. Lu has also volunteered with Friends of Wai`alae School Fun Fair at Wai`alae Elementary Public Charter School, O`ahu Invasive Species Committee, and the International Union for Conservation of Nature's World Conservation Congress in Hawai`i.

I listen to music and practice kungfu in my free time.

Hung Tim Lu

Assistant Professor

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