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This is an abbreviated course syllabus. Like everything else in this course, it is likely to change.
Weeks: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, break, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.
|Week 1: Getting Started|
|(01) Friday, 25 August 2006
An Introduction to Algorithms
Introduction; What is CS? An Algorithm for Making Simple Sandwiches. Assignments: Do Homework 1 (due Monday). Read Linux and the MathLAN (also due Monday).
|(02) Monday, 28 August 2006
An Introduction to CSC151
Lessons from PB and J. Common parts of an algorithm. Lab. Some administrative details.
Due: HW1: Administrivia.
|(03) Tuesday, 29 August 2006
Working in DrScheme
Wrapping up the MathLAN lab. DrScheme lab.
Assignments: Homework 2: Solving Quadratics.
|(04) Wednesday, 30 August 2006
Why use programming languages? Scheme basics. Scheme history. Lab.
|(05) Friday, 1 September 2006
Symbols and Lists
Symbolic values. Lists. Lab.
Due: HW2. Assignments: HW3: Reconfiguring Lists.
|Week 2: Data Types|
|(06) Monday, 4 September 2006
Types. Review of Reading: Numbers, Kinds of Numbers, and Numeric Operations. Lab. Reflection.
|(07) Tuesday, 5 September 2006
Characters and Strings
Additional lessons from yesterday. Short introduction to strings. Lab.
Due: HW3. Assignments: HW4.
|(08) Wednesday, 6 September 2006
Why define your own procedures? How to define your own procedures. Lab.
|(09) Friday, 8 September 2006
Boolean Values and Predicates
The Components of an Algorithm, Revisited. Lab.
Due: HW4. Assignments: HW5.
|Week 3: Repetition and Recursion|
|(10) Monday, 11 September 2006
Notes on HW4. Preliminary Notes on Conditionals. Lab. Reflections.
|(11) Tuesday, 12 September 2006
Repetition. Recursion. Recursion in Scheme. Lab.
|(12) Wednesday, 13 September 2006
Detour: Scheme's Evaluation Strategy. Example: Difference. Q&A. Lab.
|(13) Friday, 15 September 2006
Recursion with Lists
Due: HW5. Assignments: HW6.
|Week 4: Miscellaneous|
|(14) Monday, 18 September 2006
Recursion with Natural Numbers (1)
Writing Recursive Procedures. Short Introduction to Numeric Recursion. Lab.
|(15) Tuesday, 19 September 2006
Recursion with Natural Numbers (2)
Q & A. Lab. Reflection.
Assignments: HW7. Due: HW6.
|(16) Wednesday, 20 September 2006
Recursion with Files
About files. Key file operations. File recursion. Lab.
|(17) Friday, 22 September 2006
Recursion with Files
About files. Key file operations. File recursion. Lab.
Due: HW7. Assignments: Exam 1 (due next Friday).
|Week 5: Local Bindings|
|(18) Monday, 25 September 2006
Documentation, Preconditions and Postconditions
The need for documentation. Verifying preconditions. Husk and Kernel programming. Other uses of Husk and Kernel.
|(19) Tuesday, 26 September 2006
An Overview of Testing. Using Our Test Environment. Lab.
|(20) Wednesday, 27 September 2006
Introduction to Local Bindings
Why name things. Naming things with
|(21) Friday, 29 September 2006
Local Procedure Bindings
Why Have Local Procedures. Creating Local Procedures. An Example: Reverse. Lab.
Due: Exam 1. Assignments: Homework 8: Intersection.
|Week 6: First Project: Generating Text|
|(22) Monday, 2 October 2006
Discussion of Exam 1
Notes on exam 1. Time to work on the Local Procedures Lab.
|(23) Tuesday, 3 October 2006
The Problem of Simulation. Scheme's
Due: HW8. Assignments: HW9.
|(24) Wednesday, 4 October 2006
Project: Text Generation (Part One)
The Project. Strategies. Dividing the Work. Lab.
|(25) Friday, 6 October 2006
Project: Text Generation (Part Two)
Improving Our Text Generation Strategy. Questions. Lab.
Due: HW9. Assignments: First Project Report.
|Week 7: Data Structures|
|(26) Monday, 19 October 2006
Project: Text Generation (Questions)
How do I verify structure files? How do I build sentences? How do I add indefinite articles?
|(27) Tuesday, 10 October 2006
Pairs and Pair Structures
Memory and Naming. Pairs and Cons cells. Why care? Lab.
|(28) Wednesday, 11 October 2006
Lists, revisited. Trees, introduced. Deep recursion, considered. Lab.
|(29) Friday, 13 October 2006
Problems with lists. A solution: Vectors. Lab.
Due: Project 1 Writeup.
|Week 8: Scripting Graphics in the GIMP|
|(30) Monday, 23 October 2006
About GIMP. This week. Getting started with GIMP. Lab.
Assignments: Homework 10: Survey.
|(31) Tuesday, 24 October 2006
Getting Started with Script-Fu
About Script-Fu. Lab. Reflection.
|(32) Wednesday, 25 October 2006
Writing Script-Fu Procedures
Writing procedures for Script-Fu. Lab.
|(33) Friday, 27 October 2006
Algorithmic Art: Demonstration
Random art. Color grids. Example. Anonymous Procedures. Lab.
Assignments: Exam 2. Due: HW11.
|Week 9: Higher Order Procedures|
|(34) Monday, 30 October 2006
Algorithmic Art: Lab
|(35) Tuesday, 31 October 2006
Manipulating Images with Script-Fu
Primary image-manipulation procedures. Lab.
|(36) Wednesday, 1 November 2006
Drawing with Script-Fu
Representing drawings. Transforming drawings. Lab.
|(37) Friday, 3 November 2006
Higher-Order Procedures, Summarized
Background: Guiding Principles. Procedures as Parameters. Anonymous Procedures. Procedures as Return Values. Encapsulating Control.
Due: Exam 2.
|Week 10: Algorithms (1): Searching|
|(38) Monday, 6 November 2006
Discussion of Exam 2
General issues. Problem 1. Problem 2. Problem 3. Problem 4.
|(39) Tuesday, 7 November 2006
Association Lists and Searching
Databases and dictionaries. Lists as dictionaries.
|(40) Wednesday, 8 November 2006
About common algorithms. Searching. Binary search. Lab.
|(41) Friday, 10 November 2006
Introduction to Sorting
The problem of sorting, revisited. Writing sorting algorithms. Examples: Insertion, Selection, etc. Formalizing the problem.
|Week 11: Sorting|
|(42) Monday, 13 November 2006
Preparation. Lab. Reflection.
|(43) Tuesday, 14 November 2006
World Usability Day
Usability, introduced. Lab/Study. Reflection.
|(44) Wednesday, 15 November 2006
Key Ideas. Lab. Reflection.
|(45) Friday, 17 November 2006
The key ideas of Quicksort. Lab.
|Week 12: Objects|
|(46) Monday, 20 November 2006
Definition of arity. Why have variable-arity procedures. How to write variable-arity procedures. Lab.
|(47) Tuesday, 21 November 2006
Representing Compound Values. Introduction to Objects. Procedures as Objects. Adding State.
|(48) Wednesday, 22 November 2006
Assignments: Exam 3 distributed.
|Friday, 24 November 2006
|Week 13: Second Project: Visualizing Data|
|(49) Monday, 27 November 2006
Abstract Data Types (ADTs). Stacks. Implementing Stacks in Scheme. Some Applications. Lab.
|(50) Tuesday, 28 November 2006
Multivariate Data Visualization (1)
Short introduction to data visualization. Lab.
|(51) Wednesday, 29 November 2006
Multivariate Data Visualization (2)
Short reflection on previous class. Lab.
|(52) Friday, 1 December 2006
Multivariate Data Visualization (3)
Due: Exam 3.
|Week 14: Wrapup|
|(53) Monday, 4 December 2006
Discussion of Exam 3
|(54) Tuesday, 5 December 2006
What is Computer Science, Revisited?
|(55) Wednesday, 6 December 2006
Review for Final
|(56) Friday, 8 December 2006
Evaluation forms. The subject matter of the course. Final comments.
Due: Project Writeup 2.
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