CS010 -- Introduction to Computer Science I
 
Fall, 2007
(last updated 8/27/2007)

Updates:




Professor:
 
Wayne Iba,
iba@westmont.edu,
office: new Math and Computer Science Building,
phone: 565-6799
Office hours: see my main teaching page
Textbooks: 
How To Design Programs: An Introduction to Programming and Computing, by Matthias Felleisen, Robert Bruce Findler, Matthew Flatt, and Shriram Krishnamurthi.  MIT Press  (2001).  ISBN: 0262062186 [required]
Hackers & Painters, Paul Graham.  O'Reilly Media, Inc.  (2004).  ISBN: 0596006624 [recommended: There will be required readings found in this book, but they will also be available electronically.  Still, this is a thought-provoking and well-written book and I encourage you to acquire a copy for your personal library.]
Time and place: Tues. & Thurs., 10:00-11:50, Voskuyl Library 106.

Syllabus.

Tentative class schedule

This course introduces students to solving problems by writing computer programs in the language Scheme.  Students are not expected to have had any prior programming experience.  My goal is for everyone to have fun learning this material.  Whether you do or not is entirely up to you.  However, I will guarantee that if you want to do well in the course, you will do so if you invest the necessary time.

Scheme is a wonderfully simple yet powerful language that is ideal for students new to Computer Science.  There are only a hand-full of language elements and we will learn them early in the semester.  The simplicity of the language lets us quickly reach a stage where we can write programs that do interesting and fun things.  We will be writing network applications and simple animated games well before the end of the semester. 

By the end of the semester, you will be reasonably fluent in Scheme.  We will model the course after learning a foreign language by immersion.  For most class meetings, we will introduce some new material and use that to write programs -- sometimes together, sometimes in pairs, sometimes individually.

Other EXTREMELY Important Information:  Working together, submitting assignments and other advice.

Eureka Course Link

Acknowledgments:  I may be using examples and problems from the textbook authors and the TeachScheme! workshops they organize.