Basic Concepts in Mathematics

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Basic Concepts in Mathematics

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    After this course...

    ... the student can understand and reproduce simple mathematical statements and proofs, and check them for correctness.
    ... the student can choose an appropriate strategy to prove a mathematical statement.
    ... the student can write down the proof of a simple mathematical statement in a clear and unambiguous manner.
    ... the student knows the definitions of certain basic mathematical concepts and is able to prove statements and theorems about these.
    ... the student displays an active attitude that is necessary for the further study of mathematics.

    This course is all about essential notions and techniques in mathematics. You will learn about, and work with, things like sets,
    logic, counting, relations, functions and cardinality, but we will spend at least as much time on various techniques for proving mathematical
    statements, including direct and contrapositive proof, and proof by contradiction and induction. We will also teach you how to write down
    mathematical arguments properly.

    Lectures, study sessions and tutorials 

    A test in week 2 [25%];
    A test in week 5 [25%];
    A final exam in week 8 [50%];
    A number of unannounced tests during lectures [max. 5% bonus

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