Preparatory Mathematics Course for computer science-related courses

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 process: Please sign in as soon as possible -- but only from October 5th ! -- at https://openup.uni-potsdam.de/course/view.php?id=37. There you will find a lecture video on each topic that you will deal with before the associated exercise.

The exercises of the first week take place as face-to-face events. For each topic A-E, register individually and promptly for one of the exercises on the page linked above. It is recommended to register for an exercise led by a computer science tutor. During the first week there is no fixed order, you can e.g. attend event B before A.

In the second week there will be 3 small and 2 probably larger exercise groups in the IT department, whereby the first three exercise groups will be realized as face-to-face events and the larger two via the online platform Zoom. The assignment to the groups is regulated during the first week in the exercises with computer science tutors.

Participation in the bridging course is optional. If you are unable to attend the course, it is strongly recommended that you work through the materials yourself. If there are too many registrations, we may not be able to enable all students to take part in the exercises.


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