A22.0002 Introduction to Computers and Programming

SYLLABUS

Course Materials

1. Programming Planning
Chapter 2. Pseudocode and Top down design will be stressed. Examples from different fields will be discussed.
2. An Introduction to Pascal
Chapter 3. Identifiers, assignment statements, data types, I/O. All of the answers to the exercises in the book will be available in a computer directory. Students are encouraged to look at all of them.
3. I/O in detail
Chapter 3. Formatting output and reading all the available types. Skip Section 4.6; it is too technical. The student should understand how bufferring of data helps to read data.
4. The FOR loop and Ordinal Types
Chapter 5. Simple loops and nested loops. How data is actually read by the computer -- all data is read as characters. For instance, the number 8 is just a symbol; it must be interpreted by the compiler.
5. Procedures
Chapter 6. Top-down design. Variable and value parameters. Skip Section 6.6.
6 The branching statements
Chapter 7. The IF and CASE statements.
7. Indefinite looping constructs
Chapter 8. Section 8.1 to 8.3, the WHILE loop.
8. Arrays
Chapter 10. Sections 10.1, 10.2 and 10.5. Arrays and why they are essential.

General course information
The homework will consist of programming assignments. They must be done on the computer. Ten points will be deducted for each class day late, with a possible maximum of 30 points being deducted. Please submit both the program and the output stapled together. Please buy a few high-density disks, all programs must be saved on a disk and backed-up on another disk. There will be two midterms and a final. Your grade will be 40 percent midterms plus 40 percent final plus 20 percent homework.

There is a home page for this course available on the world wide web at the following address (URL):

http://cs.nyu.edu/cs/dept_info/course_home_pages/spr97/A22.0002
You should use this to obtain assignments and programs done in class. Also, you should get a Unix account from the ACF in order to receive email from your instructor via majordomo; but first you must subscribe to majordomo as described on the course home page.

Sam Marateck
Tue Jan 14 23:12:32 EST 1997