Welcome to CSC 151! The official course description:
A lab-based introduction to basic ideas of computer science, including recursion, abstraction, state, information-hiding, and the design and analysis of algorithms. Includes introductory programming in a high-level, functional language. Prerequisites: None.
A course very much like this one is the reason that I became a computer scientist. I'm very excited to be teaching this course, and I hope to share some of that excitement with you. My goal for this class is that you will begin to learn how computer scientists solve problems. We will be using Scheme as our first programming language; if you have already programmed before, chances are excellent you will still find new ideas in Scheme.
This year, we're trying something new and exciting with CSC 151. The class will revolve around media computation: using computers to manipulate digital media, particularly images. We have new readings, new labs, new homework, and new tools to work with. I'm very excited! I think it will be a lot of fun, and you'll have many different ways to exercise your creativity. But, there may be some kinks to work out. Please bear with us if there are.
Warning! Experience shows that CSC 151 exercises different parts of your brain than other courses (even math and science courses). Expect some difficult times, but have confidence that you can work through them and that you'll come out of the course with much more knowledge.
Warning! Like learning a foreign language, learning in this course is cumulative: New ideas often build on ideas from earlier in the course. If you feel like you've missed something important, please come talk to me ASAP.
Warning! Computers have no common sense or compassion. They are complex, and sometimes they do things we don't expect. When things go wrong, don't blame yourself. Ask me or a tutor for help.
Kelsey, Richard, Clinger, William, and Rees, Jonathan, eds. (1998). Revised5 Report on the Algorithmic Language Scheme [HTML] [PDF]. February 20, 1998. The concise and complete definition of the Scheme programming language. You won't need to understand all of it, but you'll find it helpful to keep it by your side.
Rice University Programming Languages Team (1999). PLT DrScheme: Programming Environment Manual. The guide to the Scheme development environment we'll be using.
Optional: Springer, George and Friedman, Daniel P. (1989). Scheme and the Art of Programming. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. The textbook that was formerly used in the class.
Optional: Felleisen, Matthias, Findler, Robert Bruce, Flatt, Matthew, and Krishnamurthi, Shriram (2001). How to Design Programs. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Another excellent textbook. Available online at http://www.htdp.org/
Optional: Rebelsky, Samuel A. The CSC151.01 2008S Course Web. The course web for the other section of this class.
Janet Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org)Created January 19, 2007