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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 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....

Top reviews

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 Rajiv s

Apr 19, 2020

A great experience. To be true the only hardest one was

the last week



Jul 26, 2020

give good explanation of 15 puzzle. Your explanation is so complicated

By Nikhil Y

Apr 19, 2020

really amazing course covering all the basics and some advanced topics

By Hoàng P C

Jun 2, 2021

​some part is not clear and some question is do hard to understand.

By Aren T

Nov 19, 2019

An excellent warm-up course to the world of discrete mathematics.

By Suraj K

May 10, 2020

This course has very good content. And very good for beginners.

By John G

Aug 19, 2021

I​'d like an indepth study on how to write proofs correctly.

By Thura T

Jan 2, 2021

I got mathematical skill required for coding improvement.

By Arnav k J

May 31, 2020

grate course help me improve in logic building

By arsalan k

Dec 27, 2018

The audio feels "too mechanical" sometimes

By Md. Z R Z

Aug 24, 2020

I can't understand the 15 puzzle clearly.

By Deleted A

Aug 7, 2020

Could not conitnue to many courses to do

By Islam W

May 22, 2020

The part of 15 puzzle was disappointed.

By Alberto B

Oct 23, 2019

Good concepts to know and nice examples

By Les C

Apr 19, 2021

Interesting summary of basic concepts.

By Ketan V

May 27, 2020

The instructors were not clear enough.


May 8, 2020

The Course was excellent. I loved it.

By Riya G

Aug 18, 2020

amazing for beginners like me!

By A A

Sep 15, 2019

very useful and impressive

By Aryan B

Jul 12, 2020

Quite good for beginners!


May 24, 2020

very good and intuitional

By Deleted A

Oct 29, 2020

Shen is a great teacher!


Aug 28, 2020

very useful. thankyou

By Abhijeet S P

Sep 14, 2020

good experience.

By Abu M A M S

Jul 24, 2020

very good course