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Introduction to Computer Science and Programming

by Eric Grimson, John Guttag

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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.

Customer Reviews

lecture review

Good explanations, but when the instructor starts to do examples using a projector, the screen is to washed out to see what he is typing.

Amazing resource

Well-organized, great professors, challenging but not too difficult -- this course has been an amazing experience. I have been programming a little bit for many years (a small amount of PHP and Perl), but I had never officially taken a course in programming. I wanted to learn Python for a new project I was thinking about doing, and so I figured I would give this course a chance since it is taught in Python. Very glad I did it. The professors explain everything very clearly (and in a casual, fun way), and the homework is very well thought out. It has changed the way I think about programming, and I am looking forward to taking the Algorithms course next. One note: people have complained about the video quality (in particular, the computer projection), but it is not a big deal. The first lecture has some issues, but they are basically ironed out after that.

Outstanding Courseware!

Regarding the video being washed out, this is probably an artifact of the compression used by Apple for the version that's posted here. If you stream it from MIT's site, it's much clearer. In general, you're much better off watching these lectures through their OCW site, which is where you can also get the problem sets, classroom handouts, quizzes, etc. I'd only use the iTunes downloadable ones for when you'll need to watch them offline.

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