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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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Mar 28, 2018

Love the teaching style.

By Sriram N

Jul 13, 2020

very clear explanations

By Anindya B

Jun 22, 2020

It is the best course.


Aug 04, 2020

handsome presentation

By Carlo I

Mar 23, 2020

Challenging problems!

By Shaikh F R

Jun 19, 2020

Explained very well.

By Gorap K

Jun 16, 2020

Best exprience wver

By Ajit C B

Oct 13, 2017

Excellent course!

By Aneeketdaswani

Jun 16, 2020

beautiful course

By Xavier

Jul 21, 2019

excellent course

By Preetam K S

Jul 20, 2020

Amazing Course!

By Charles P J

Apr 06, 2020

Very enjoyable!


Jul 12, 2020

thanks so much

By Snehalkumar D P

Jul 01, 2020

Just Excellent

By Ashton N

Jun 08, 2020

Amazing course

By Zhe Y

Jul 21, 2018

learned a lot

By Yuhua Y

Oct 09, 2017

nice course

By v v p

May 31, 2018


By Kallinatha H

May 24, 2020

very good

By N R S

May 20, 2020


By evans

Sep 09, 2019

very good

By Miguel A D A

Oct 03, 2018


By Gaurav R P

Oct 01, 2017

love it.

By maripalli s

Aug 01, 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.