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Functional Problem Solving


Samuel A. Rebelsky

Meeting Times
  • MWF 10:00–11:20 (section 01)
Office Hours
  • 9:00-11:00 Tu, 9:00-10:00 Th, 1:30-3:00 Th (tentative)
Class Mentors
  • Sanah Suri (section 01)
  • Xinya Yang (section 01)
  • Stella Lee (section 02)
  • Kandice Wu (section 02)
Mentor Sessions
  • Thursday 7-8 p.m., Thursday 8-9 p.m, Sunday 5-6 p.m.
CS Tutors
  • Su from 3–5pm in Noyce 3813
  • Su, M, T, W, Th from 7–10pm in Noyce 3813

About this course

Welcome to CSC 151-01, Grinnell College’s introductory computer science course. In this course, we will work to develop your experience with algorithmic problem solving. While we will be using Scheme as our programming language for this course, you will quickly see that the problem solving skills we learn in this class are applicable to other languages and in settings that don’t involve programming at all.

This semester, both sections of CSC 151 will emphasize the digital humanities, the use of computing technology to explore humanistic subjects. While we will primarily focus on text-based digital humanities, we are likely to touch on other approaches, too.

CSC 151 requires no prior knowledge of computer science or computer programming. We’ll teach you everything we want you to know. It’s okay if you have some experience (although this may sometimes put you at a disadvantage; we do things differently), but it’s certainly not necessary.

There is another section of this course taught by Fahmida Hamid. The sections will often be in sync, but make sure you refer to your section’s course website when checking due dates and course policies.

Read more about the course in the syllabus and the schedule.