College :
通識教育中心
Department :
一般通識組
Credits :
3.0
GE Field :
科學與邏輯思維
Platform :
Coursera自費課程
University :
Stanford University
Instructors :
Dr. Keith Devlin
Language :
英文
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Course Goals
Learn how to think the way mathematicians do – a powerful cognitive process developed over thousands of years.
Mathematical thinking is not the same as doing mathematics – at least not as mathematics is typically presented in our school system. School math typically focuses on learning procedures to solve highly stereotyped problems. Professional mathematicians think a certain way to solve real problems, problems that can arise from the everyday world, or from science, or from within mathematics itself. The key to success in school math is to learn to think insidethebox. In contrast, a key feature of mathematical thinking is thinking outsidethebox – a valuable ability in today’s world. This course helps to develop that crucial way of thinking
Course Syllebus
This tenweek course is designed with two particular audiences in mind.
First, people who want to develop or improve mathematicsbased, analytic thinking for professional or general life purposes.
Second, high school seniors contemplating a mathematics or mathrelated major at college or university, or firstyear students at college or university who are thinking of majoring in mathematics or a mathdependent subject.
To achieves this aim, the first part of the course has very little traditional mathematical content, focusing instead on the thinking processes required for mathematics.
The more mathematical examples are delayed until later, when they are more readily assimilated.
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