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About the Course

Learn how to think the way mathematicians do – a powerful cognitive process developed over thousands of years. Mathematical thinking is not the same as doing mathematics – at least not as mathematics is typically presented in our school system. School math typically focuses on learning procedures to solve highly stereotyped problems. Professional mathematicians think a certain way to solve real problems, problems that can arise from the everyday world, or from science, or from within mathematics itself. The key to success in school math is to learn to think inside-the-box. In contrast, a key feature of mathematical thinking is thinking outside-the-box – a valuable ability in today’s world. This course helps to develop that crucial way of thinking....

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Jun 29, 2020

It has help evaluate what I put into decision in any applicable context. Since I've noted what decision I make and how outcome can be made to vary when I consider all components in a isolated manner.


Nov 23, 2019

It was an amazing course! Lots of interesting content. The content is also explained really well, i found it really easy to understand. The assessments are a little challenging, but reasonably sized.

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By chuqi

Dec 12, 2021

Thanks for detailed explanation! It is very suitable for starters!

By Liam H

Dec 16, 2020

Great course! Very different from typical Highschool mathematics.

By Luca T

Oct 27, 2020

Nice course, well structured and presented.

I warmly recommend it.

By Pierre M D

Mar 14, 2019

Best course i could take. I got surprised positively in many ways

By Alhasan A

Aug 28, 2017

Great course! It allowed me to learn new concepts at my own pace

By William L

Feb 16, 2022

I found the instructor really clear. Thank you for this course

By John R V

May 28, 2020

I have learned a lot from this course! We had a great lecturer!

By Antonio B B A

May 21, 2020

One of the best courses I've take part in. Recommended for all.

By Uday T

Mar 11, 2020

Great course! Good introductory material for tackling analysis.

By Archit B

Sep 22, 2017

To put it simple, YOU GOTTA GO FOR makes you THINK.

By Thuong N T

Dec 1, 2022

Exciting knowledge, but has a bit of difficulty understanding.

By Wenjun L

Apr 11, 2019

very thought provoking and truly helps with my thinking skills

By Eli G

Apr 28, 2018

Great course, it's succeeded to make me thinking mathematical.

By Islam Z

Feb 27, 2017

This course is so amazing specialty the instructor is so cool.

By Mahalle A

May 29, 2020

This course helps me to thinks differently in mathematics....

By Fernando P

Sep 12, 2018

Incredible course, well explained, very knowledged professor.

By Durairaj R

Oct 24, 2017

Really good course giving a true introduction to mathematics.

By Clara R

Sep 30, 2018

An essential tool for learning, practice rules of thinking.

By 王丹棣

Jan 24, 2018

An easy but useful primary course for mathematical thinking.

By 臧泽林

Oct 12, 2017

intersting class for high school student, also useful to me.

By Bassel A H

Nov 18, 2020

Amazing, mind expanding material and a great professor too.

By Gunho L

Feb 2, 2018

perfect course to understand the Real mening of Mathematics

By Sidhanth S

Aug 24, 2020

Absolutely fantastic course for University bound students.

By Chris D

May 6, 2017

Excellent introduction to mathematical thinking and logic.

By Gillian S

Nov 17, 2020

Great Course - I found it hard work, but very satisfying!