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Henry profile image
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 10 months ago
I graduated from 2 of the most prestigious universities in the US and over the years I've watched a few dozens online classes and I have to say Intro to Math Thinking is one of the best classes anywhere, onl... I graduated from 2 of the most prestigious universities in the US and over the years I've watched a few dozens online classes and I have to say Intro to Math Thinking is one of the best classes anywhere, online or off. Devlin is imaginative as a teacher. The way he approaches math is so creative that it's a joy to watch his lectures. This class is more than about math, it's about proper thinking and reasoning. In addition, Devlin cares about teaching (and your learning) and it shows throughout his lectures, and especially when he explains the solutions to the exercises.
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7 months, 3 weeks ago
IN A NUTSHELL: This MOOC has excellent content, but the weaknesses of the Coursera platform undermine it. DETAILS: I was able to complete fairly enjoyable 7 weeks out of the scheduled 10 weeks of this cour... IN A NUTSHELL: This MOOC has excellent content, but the weaknesses of the Coursera platform undermine it. DETAILS: I was able to complete fairly enjoyable 7 weeks out of the scheduled 10 weeks of this course before health reasons forced me to opt out of weeks 8, 9, and 10. Some specific points: 1) The blurb for the course says it's meant not just for math majors, but for anyone interested in logic; however I'm not so sure about this, given that the focus is entirely on applying logic in a mathematical context, i.e. to proofs. 2) You'll want a good background in high school algebra, especially factoring, to do well in the final weeks, which are somewhat more math-intensive. 3) The instructor, Keith Devlin, has said he will no longer be involved; this may or may not pose a problem in getting good mentors in future. Mentors are very important to this content! 4) The revised Coursera platform lacks features, especially with the forum - no preview, no in-forum alerts, etc. 5) A big problem with Coursera is that students can race ahead as they please; this makes forum participation more erratic since not everyone is in the same week of content anymore. ecommendation: To get the most out of the strong video & homework content, you might want to have arrange for your own outside study group or mentor.​
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