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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 Stefan D

Nov 03, 2017

Fun introduction to proofs and logical thinking

By idan b

Oct 05, 2017

its very clear to step 1 of starting

By Shreyash P

Sep 09, 2020

learned new technique will help in dsa

By Tyler E

Jul 09, 2020

Lots of fun and very clear explanations!!

By Kunal A

Jun 18, 2020

Really Good Course to improve your skills

By Yash

Jan 04, 2020

wonderful course improved my skills a lot


Mar 14, 2020

Puzzle activities are very fun to do. :)


Mar 08, 2020

It was great. I learnt a lot of things.

By Rafael E

May 30, 2018

Excellent intro to mathematical proofs!

By Greg T

Jul 14, 2020

Interesting programming assignments.

By Shubham C

Jun 03, 2020

The Course is basic but really nice.


May 19, 2020

They are teaching some nice stuff.

By Danchurova A

Jun 04, 2018

Nice course for beginners in Math

By Shivam K

Jul 11, 2020

This course is really amazing.

By Pooja D

May 22, 2020

Great learning experience 👍

By Omar E A

Oct 23, 2019

the puzzles are fun to solve


Jul 05, 2020

course is very much useful

By Ameet K

Jun 15, 2020

It was very good experinece

By Rathsara R

Jun 22, 2020

This was simply awesome.

By manish k

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.

By Foyz A R

Aug 04, 2020

handsome presentation

By Carlo I

Mar 23, 2020

Challenging problems!

By Shaikh F R

Jun 19, 2020

Explained very well.