Outline for January 9, 2012
About the class
Instructors and TAs
Class web site, handouts
Smartsite and submitting homework
Homework, grading, and extra credit
What is a computer?
Software and hardware
Functional description of a computer
How the software controls the hardware
How the hardware limits the software
Precision and completeness
What is computable
What is intractable
High-level languages: semantics and syntax
Low-level languages: assembly language, machine language
Compilers, assemblers, interpreters
Source code, object code
What is Python?
Why Python for this class?
A PDF version is available here.
ECS 10, Basic Concepts of Computing
Winter Quarter 2012