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About the Course

Mathematical thinking is crucial in all areas of computer science: algorithms, bioinformatics, computer graphics, data science, machine learning, etc. In this course, we will learn the most important tools used in discrete mathematics: induction, recursion, logic, invariants, examples, optimality. We will use these tools to answer typical programming questions like: How can we be certain a solution exists? Am I sure my program computes the optimal answer? Do each of these objects meet the given requirements? In the online course, we use a try-this-before-we-explain-everything approach: you will be solving many interactive (and mobile friendly) puzzles that were carefully designed to allow you to invent many of the important ideas and concepts yourself. Prerequisites: 1. We assume only basic math (e.g., we expect you to know what is a square or how to add fractions), common sense and curiosity. 2. Basic programming knowledge is necessary as some quizzes require programming in Python....

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Mar 25, 2019

The teachers are informative and good. They explain the topic in a way that we can easily understand. The slides provide all the information that is needed. The external tools are fun and informative.


Feb 27, 2021

It is a great course! teachers explain everything with care. While providing lectures there are some popup ques that verify whether you understood that lecture or not. Overall, a great experience.

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By Mihir N

Jul 11, 2020

All the 4 instructors were just amazing! Excellent Course. I loved the way Shen Sir explains the most.

By Ketan A

Jul 16, 2020

an extremely well taught course. the use of real illustrations of algorithms helps tremendously!

By Anton I

Jun 7, 2020

I really enjoyed the course, although it was sometimes challenging. Feels like back to the uni.

By Anup K K

Apr 27, 2020

Just the last Bonus Track problem please give some hints how to approach and solve the problem

By Priya K

Jun 22, 2020

Enjoyed this course. Thank you for all the interactive problem solving examples.. it was fun.


Sep 7, 2020

I am very glad to be part of this course. Thanks coursera. I've learned what I've expected.


Jun 26, 2020

This course is great for anyone who are new to mathematics or want to revise ones' skill.

By Margi V

Jul 9, 2020

The use of interactive puzzle was really helpful and the course was pretty interesting.

By Balbir K

Jun 30, 2022

Really loved it, specially the puzzles and mathematical intution behind solving them!!

By Hamza K

Jul 11, 2020

Amazing. This is very good. Tons of exercises and challenges to get your brain going.

By Daniyar Z

Sep 15, 2018

Nice course! I want to say thanks to teachers. Course was informative and new for me!

By Masood A L

May 23, 2022

Good certificate course which builts foundation for algorithm's in computer science.

By Sandesh C

Jul 19, 2018

Excellent concepts! Had fun and was challenged decently throughout the whole course.

By Abhishek K

May 31, 2021

This is an excellent course. Easy to understand and highly enjoyable assignments.

By Matthew M

Dec 27, 2017

This is an excellent introduction for anybody needing a foundation for higher math

By Rex K

Jun 17, 2018

I really like the appearance of the professor. He looks like my dad, seriously.

By Ghulam M

Jun 18, 2020

From the course I learnt a lot. The way tutors were teaching that was fabulos.

By Pazhamalai A

May 11, 2019

Super good teaching + awesome tools for practicing = Great learning experience

By Tuan N

May 31, 2020

The puzzles are fun, the instructors are good but the assignments quite easy.

By Odumosu B

May 22, 2020

Love the course, ain't good at maths, but this course simplifies mathemactics

By Yang G

Apr 2, 2020

Teachers are great. Except the server for external tool shut down for 2 days.

By Eduardo Z

Sep 17, 2018

The course is well structured, and made interesting with interactive puzzles.

By Kuldeep K

Apr 13, 2020

Thanks a lot for creating such a wonderful course. I learnt a lot this week.

By Anita P M

Jun 3, 2022

Contents are too good. Experts were explained it easy manners.. thank you.

By Wagner G F

Aug 12, 2020

Really liked the course, the Puzzles are very intriguing and fun! Thank you