Outline for April 1, 2014
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?
How to write a program; example is making change
Goal and general algorithm idea
Representing data and basic program structure
Translating this into a programming-like language
Translating that into Python
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Version of March 31, 2014 at 4:07PM