6.00 | Fall 2008 | Undergraduate
Introduction to Computer Science and Programming


1 Goals of the course; what is computation; introduction to data types, operators, and variables Problem set 0 out
2 Operators and operands; statements; branching, conditionals, and iteration

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3 Common code patterns: iterative programs

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4 Decomposition and abstraction through functions; introduction to recursion

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5 Floating point numbers, successive refinement, finding roots  
6 Bisection methods, Newton/Raphson, introduction to lists

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7 Lists and mutability, dictionaries, pseudocode, introduction to efficiency  
8 Complexity; log, linear, quadratic, exponential algorithms Problem set 4 due
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9 Binary search, bubble and selection sorts  
10 Divide and conquer methods, merge sort, exceptions

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11 Testing and debugging  
12 More about debugging, knapsack problem, introduction to dynamic programming

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13 Dynamic programming: overlapping subproblems, optimal substructure

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14 Analysis of knapsack problem, introduction to object-oriented programming  
15 Abstract data types, classes and methods  
16 Encapsulation, inheritance, shadowing

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17 Computational models: random walk simulation Problem set 10 out
18 Presenting simulation results, Pylab, plotting

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19 Biased random walks, distributions  
20 Monte Carlo simulations, estimating pi

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21 Validating simulation results, curve fitting, linear regression  
22 Normal, uniform, and exponential distributions; misuse of statistics  
23 Stock market simulation Problem set 12 due
24 Course overview; what do computer scientists do?  
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