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There is a perceived barrier to mathematics: proofs. In this course we will try to convince you that this barrier is more frightening than prohibitive: most proofs are easy to understand if explained correctly, and often they are even fun. We provide an accompanied excursion in the “proof zoo” showing you examples of techniques of different kind applied to different topics.

We use some puzzles as examples, not because they are “practical”, but because discussing them we learn important reasoning and problem solving techniques that are useful. We hope you enjoy playing with the puzzles and inventing/understandings the proofs.

As prerequisites we assume only basic math (e.g., we expect you to know what is a square or how to add fractions), basic programming in python (functions, loops, recursion), common sense and curiosity. Our intended audience are all people that work or plan to work in IT, starting from motivated high school students.

Taught by

Alexander S. Kulikov, Michael Levin and Vladimir Podolskii
Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
Subject Mathematics
Provider Coursera
Language English
Certificates Paid Certificate Available
Hours 2-5 hours a week
Calendar 6 weeks long
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A pretty decent introduction to proofs in general. It covers a basic view of different types of proofs. It's a great introduction to the specialization. Also, it's got a few fun puzzle to solve along with the lectures and quizzes. Pretty neat.
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