Computation and Change
Note: as a scheduled class, this is a two-parter (10-sessions total). As guided instruction for people with on-the-job training or bootcamp experience, it can be done at an accelerated pace.
None. This series is designed to be stand-alone and should be accessible to people who have never programmed a line of code in their life. Mathematically, it assumes a knowledge of "solve-for-x" style high school algebra.
After this course, you'll be able to answer questions like:
- What does it mean for a programming language or computer program to be imperative?
- Writing "x = x + 1" makes little sense to someone who takes
algebra: there's no way to solve for x! So why is it a fairly
common thing to write in many computer languages?
- How does high-school algebra help us understand what a program does?
- What is a procedure (or function)?
- How do we use preconditions and postconditions to talk about
the behavior of functions?
- What kinds of problems do we want to solve with conditionals and loops?
- What is Big-O notation? How and why do we use it to talk about how fast programs are?
Guided personal instruction available now.