Introduction to Computer Science and Programming

Four small images: a virus structure, a Roomba robot, a protein structure, and a word game.

Many of the problem sets focus on specific topics, such as virus population dynamics, word games, protein sequences, or simulating the movement of a Roomba. (Roomba photograph courtesy of Stephanie Booth on Flickr; virus image courtesy of the CDC; Boggle photograph courtesy of Angelina on Flickr; protein image courtesy of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.)



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Fall 2008



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This subject is aimed at students with little or no programming experience. It aims to provide students with an understanding of the role computation can play in solving problems. It also aims to help students, regardless of their major, to feel justifiably confident of their ability to write small programs that allow them to accomplish useful goals. The class will use the Python™ programming language.

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