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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Mathematical Thinking in Computer Science by University of California San Diego

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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 Gustavo K

Nov 19, 2017

Perfectly explained. I very much enjoy leaning by examples.

By Gary M

Aug 15, 2020

Very enjoyable course - I learnt a lot taking this course.

By Mir H

Jun 20, 2020

this course is very good to learn new tricks and concepts.

By Vandana S

Apr 19, 2020

It was a very nice and simple course. Explained very well.

By Vladimir S

Jan 13, 2022

Отличный курс. Все доступно понятно и интересно! Спасибо!

By Aryan R

Jul 21, 2020

Awesome course if you wanna learn about proofs and logic

By Xiaoyuan C

Dec 21, 2017

A very interesting introduction to discrete mathematics.

By Yugesh K

Sep 11, 2020

A course on Discrete Mathematics can't get any better!!

By Kiran K K

Jul 19, 2020

skills learned induction, mathematical logic... in few.

By Greg H

Jan 24, 2020

Great Course. It was a lot of fun and I learned a lot.

By Aruneema D

Sep 26, 2020

Really Nice! I would like to do more courses like this

By Wonder K G

Aug 29, 2020

This is very interesting.. my head is about to explode

By Fahmida B

Jun 23, 2020

Its e great experience. I Learn every topic clearly.

By Feyaz B

May 8, 2020

Covered all the basics, I learnt a lot from this!

By Sowat H R

Apr 27, 2020

Highly recommended for beginners.


May 6, 2020

Good and Nice way of learning

By Nick E

Apr 22, 2020

Really enjoyed it. Thanks!

By Shyam M

May 5, 2020

I just loved the course.

By Ujjwal K

May 3, 2020

I learned to think!

By Devanshi C

May 9, 2020

It was awesome 😊

By Vanshika M

Apr 23, 2020

loved learning

By lilass h

Apr 25, 2020


By Ethan H

Jul 15, 2020

Good overall, but week 6 in particular was below my expectations. The students should not be answering questions in order to correct errors in the lecturer's phrasing; you should simply do the sensible thing and re-record the lecture, ensuring accuracy before posting. The final (albeit optional) project of the course is to write a solver for the 15-puzzle. This involved some graph theory self study, since graph theory is out of the scope of this course. A hastily explained intro to graph theory during the final lecture without slides is not sufficient to prepare the students for this task. I would strongly suggest a revision of the entire 6th week.

By Rob R

Sep 17, 2021

I found some of the questions difficult to understand, but I couldn't tell if my misunderstanding was because of the concepts being new, or if the wording of the question was just odd. The course might benefit from a second pass by a native English speaker on the quiz portions - test are already incredibly stressful even when they are super clear. Aside from that though, the course was great. I learned a few new ways to look at problems which I think will help me in my day to day work. I found the instructors very knowledgeable and funny as well.

Keep up the good work!

By 4101_Ridesh R

Jul 10, 2020

The Course is Good overall but the entire lectures in Week 6 is not clear to me . Alexander sir done a great job in Week 1 and 2 but not that great in Week 6. Even though I re-watched the lectures again, I can't able to get full information given in the videos......I struggled so much in Quiz questions of Week 6...