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Approx. 23 hours to complete

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Intermediate Level

Approx. 23 hours to complete

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
3 hours to complete

Week 1

START with the Welcome lecture. It explains what this course is about. (It comes with a short Background Reading assignment, to read before you start the course, and a Reading Supplement on Set Theory for use later in the course, both in downloadable PDF format.) This initial orientation lecture is important, since this course is probably not like any math course you have taken before – even if in places it might look like one! AFTER THAT, Lecture 1 prepares the groundwork for the course; then in Lecture 2 we dive into the first topic. This may all look like easy stuff, but tens of thousands of former students found they had trouble later by skipping through Week 1 too quickly! Be warned. If possible, form or join a study group and discuss everything with them. BY THE WAY, the time estimates for watching the video lectures are machine generated, based on the video length. Expect to spend a lot longer going through the lectures sufficiently well to understand the material. The time estimates for completing the weekly Problem Sets (Quiz format) are a bit more reliable, but even they are just a guideline. You may find yourself taking a lot longer....
6 videos (Total 84 min), 1 quiz
6 videos
Lecture 1 - Introductory Material27m
Lecture 2 - Logical Combinators26m
Tutorial for Assignment 12m
Tutorial for Assignment 29m
Tutorial for Problem Set 19m
1 practice exercise
Problem Set 1s
Week
2
4 hours to complete

Week 2

In Week 2 we continue our discussion of formalized parts of language for use in mathematics. By now you should have familiarized yourself with the basic structure of the course: 1. Watch the first lecture and answer the in-lecture quizzes; tackle each of the problems in the associated Assignment sheet; THEN watch the tutorial video for the Assignment sheet. 2. REPEAT sequence for the second lecture. 3. THEN do the Problem Set, after which you can view the Problem Set tutorial. REMEMBER, the time estimates for watching the video lectures are machine generated, based on the video length. Expect to spend a lot longer going through the lectures sufficiently well to understand the material. The time estimates for completing the weekly Problem Sets (Quiz format) are a bit more reliable, but even they are just a guideline. You may find yourself taking a lot longer. ...
6 videos (Total 131 min), 1 quiz
6 videos
Lecture 4 - Equivalence24m
SUPPLEMENT: Using the course evaluation rubric4m
Tutorial for Assignment 311m
Tutorial for Assignment 421m
Tutorial for Problem Set 237m
1 practice exercise
Problem Set 2s
Week
3
4 hours to complete

Week 3

This week we continue our analysis of language for use in mathematics. Remember, while the parts of language we are focusing have particular importance in mathematics, our main interest is in the analytic process itself: How do we formalize concepts from everyday life? Because the topics become more challenging, starting this week we have just one basic lecture cycle (Lecture -> Assignment -> Tutorial -> Problem Set -> Tutorial) each week. If you have not yet found one or more people to work with, please try to do so. It is so easy to misunderstand this material....
4 videos (Total 128 min), 1 quiz
4 videos
SUPPLEMENT - How to Read Mathematical Formulas27m
Tutorial for Assignment 547m
Tutorial for Problem Set 323m
1 practice exercise
Problem Set 3s
Week
4
3 hours to complete

Week 4

This week we complete our analysis of language, putting into place the linguistic apparatus that enabled, mathematicians in the 19th Century to develop a formal mathematical treatment of infinity, thereby finally putting Calculus onto a firm footing, three hundred years after its invention. (You do not need to know calculus for this course.) It is all about being precise and unambiguous. (But only where it counts. We are trying to extend our fruitfully-flexible human language and reasoning, not replace them with a rule-based straightjacket!)...
4 videos (Total 88 min), 1 quiz
4 videos
Lecture 6B - Working with Quantifiers 228m
Tutorial for Assignment 616m
Tutorial for Problem Set 427m
1 practice exercise
Problem Set 4s
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By NRMar 5th 2018

An awesome course. Very easy to follow at the start, becomes more challenging at the end. I have a PhD in economics yet I struggled with the real analysis at the end. And that's just intro level! :-D

By MFAug 26th 2017

Great course, it's really shows the way how to think in mathematical rigor. It gave me an intuition about what Mathematics is itself.\n\nThank you Profesor Keith Devlin, you are a great teacher !

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Dr. Keith Devlin

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H-STAR institute

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