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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....

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Mar 26, 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 02, 2020

I loved this course! So many interesting things to think about, thoughtfully explained by brilliant instructors. The puzzles really get you thinking. Such genius to put them before the lectures!

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By Odumosu B

May 22, 2020

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

By Yang G

Apr 03, 2020

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

By Eduardo Z

Sep 18, 2018

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

By Kuldeep K

Apr 14, 2020

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

By Jorge L M A

Jul 30, 2020

really good course, a bit complicated at parts but overall really enjoyable

By Junya U

Jul 08, 2020

I could strengthen the foundation of math for computer science.

Good course.


May 28, 2018

Very nice course. Please include more puzzles and programming assignments.

By Guo F

Jul 31, 2020

Very well designed course! Looking forward to the update to the course!

By Aayush K S

Jul 04, 2020

It's well organized course for a beginner. I really enjoyed the course.

By Manikant R

Jun 10, 2020

Very awesome course I have ever done, a lot of assignments and puzzles.

By Ananya T

Jul 11, 2020

Amazing.Tons Of Exercises To Challenge You And It Makes It Fun As Well

By Sanchit K

Jul 15, 2019

A very very fun course with interesting puzzles and engaging quizzes.

By Carlos M B B

Dec 10, 2017

I hope this course could show me the basics of discrete mathematics.

By satish k

Dec 14, 2019

Awesome course. I have learned lots of things from this course,

By Robert Y H

Nov 26, 2017

Was a nice course, gave a very good overview of logical proofs.

By Rishabh P

May 29, 2020

best course to learn logics,

And our instructors are also best.

By Konstantin S

May 04, 2019

Thanks a lot to the team of the course! It was really amazing.

By anum

Mar 24, 2020

An excellent course to master the mathematical proof reading

By Mughees S

Jan 07, 2020

Great course for creating foundation in discrete mathematics


Aug 04, 2020

Nice and Difficult puzzles it's quite interesting subjects.

By Shikhar B

Jan 08, 2019

this course is nice and specially the puzzles and questions

By Gustavo K

Nov 19, 2017

Perfectly explained. I very much enjoy leaning by examples.

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 Aryan R

Jul 21, 2020

Awesome course if you wanna learn about proofs and logic