Functional Problem Solving

Charlie Curtsinger
Meeting Times
MTWF 10:00–10:50am in Noyce 3813
Office Hours
MWF 11am–noon, MF 1–2pm in Noyce 3827
Review Sessions
  • W 8:00–9:00pm in Noyce 3817
  • Th 8:00–9:00pm in Noyce 3817
Class Mentors
  • Zachary Segall (morning section)
  • Maddie Goldman (morning section)
  • Gemma Nash (afternoon section)
  • Sally Timko (afternoon section, MWF)
  • Sarah Trop (afternoon section, T)
CS Tutors
  • Su from 1– 3pm in Noyce 3813
  • Su, M, T, W, Th from 7–10pm in Noyce 3813

About this course

Welcome to CSC 151.01, the morning section of 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.

We will be emphasizing media computation, the application of algorithmic problem solving techniques to media. We will focus specifically on creating and manipulating images.

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 Titus Klinge. The two sections will often be in sync, but make sure you refer to your section’s course website when checking due dates and course policies.