S3P: Computer Science

Summer 2018

Introduction

Our primary goal is to teach you how to think like a computer scientist. You might assume that thinking like a computer scientist is all about learning how to write programs, but really the key is learning techniques for problem solving. This involves developing the ability to express solutions using algorithms, or step-by-step instructions for how to tackle problems. Learning how to use algorithms is an incredibly useful skill that will serve you well in any discipline. We've heard from former students that it even helped them write better papers.

Reading Assignments

In the schedule below there are reading assignments given in the announcements column. For a given date, you should complete the reading before coming to class on that day. Many of the readings are available online as PDFs or as web pages, and have been linked to. We will also be reading some chapters from the book entitled Failure: Why Science is so Successful, by Stuart Firestein. And, when Amy Volmer leads class on July 19, you should have read The Checklist Manisfesto: How to get Things Right by Atul Gawande.

Schedule

WEEK DAY ANNOUNCEMENTS TOPICS LAB WORK
1

Jun 26

Read

Introduction
  • Problem solving
  • Graph paper algorithms
  • Computer graphics algorithms
Lab1: Jupyter Notebooks


Lab2: Functions (Rubric)

Jun 27

Read

  • From Failure, Introduction and Chapter 1

Jun 28

Read

  • From Failure, choose another chapter, and be ready to discuss its themes
Review

2

Jul 03

Read

Kevin Webb leading class

Introduction to Computer Systems
  • How the internet works
  • Privacy issues
  • Components of a computer
  • Web Development
Lab3: PC destruction derby


Lab4: Create a web page

Jul 04

No class: Happy 4th!

Jul 05

Read

3

Jul 10

Read

  • Collaboration in Science
  • Robotics
Lab5: Simulating robots

Lab6: Experimenting with Sensor Noise (Rubric)

Jul 11

Read

Jul 12

 
4

Jul 17

Start to read

  • Checklist Manisfesto

Communicating scientific results
  • Making an effective poster
  • Verbally summarizing a poster
Create a Poster

Jul 18

Continue to read

  • Checklist Manisfesto

Jul 19

Finish reading

  • Checklist Manisfesto
Amy Volmer leading class today

5

Jul 24

Be prepared to electronically present your poster in class

Jul 25

Meet at Beardsley Media Center to print your poster

Jul 26

Poster Session (Jul 27)