Preparatory Mathematics Course for computer science-related courses

Note: The following information is not yet complete. In particular, the announced links do not yet exist.

The preparatory course in mathematics is aimed at new students in the MINT courses and will take place this year from October 20, 2020 (Tuesday) to October 30, 2020 (Friday). In the first week there are uniform topics for all MINT courses, while the second week is individually designed according to course. This page describes the situation specifically from the point of view of computer science-related courses.

The aim of the course is to support entry into computer science-related courses. In order to achieve this goal, the main focus in the first week is on repeating basic mathematical content, while in the second week training in mathematical methods, such as creating proofs and dealing with formal expressions, is in the foreground.

The following areas are covered:

Week 1:Week 2:
A Numbers and their Representations1 Integral Calculus
B Arithmetic with Terms2 Proving in Propositional Logic
C Equations and Inequalities, Systems of Equations3 Proving in Predicate Logic
D Functions4 Induction on Numbers and Structures
E Differential Calculus5 Naive Set Theory


Regarding the first week: This year, due to the Corona pandemic, there will be a lecture video on every topic, which you can find [here] and which you will deal with before the corresponding tutorial. The tutorials (Übungen) of the first week take place as face-to-face events. For each topic A-E, register for one of the tutorials [here]. It is recommended that you register for one of the 9 tutorials which are led by a computer science tutor. There is no fixed order, i.e. you can e.g. attend event B before A.

Regarding the second, computer science-specific, week: There will also be a lecture video on every topic, which you can find [here]. There will be 3 small and 2 probably larger tutorials, the first three being implemented as face-to-face events and the larger two via the online platform Zoom. The assignment to the tutorials is regulated during the first week in the tutorials with computer science tutors.

Regarding organizational matters: You can register for the course from ??. ??. 2020 to ??. ??. 2020 [here]. The capacity in CS is limited to 120 participants. You will receive a notification on ??. ??. 2020 whether you have been admitted. Participation in the preparatory course is optional. If you are unable to attend the course, we strongly recommend that you work through the materials yourself.

If you have any questions, please contact the person responsible for the preparatory course for computer science, Sebastian Böhne, at boehne@uni-potsdam.de.