CompSci 94, Spring 2019
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CompSci 94
Introduction to Programming
Via Animation and 3D Virtual Worlds

CompSci 94 is an introductory programming course that teaches fundamental computer science concepts. This version of CompSci 94 uses the tool Alice to create 3-D virtual worlds. You will learn programming constructs such as repetition (calculating how many steps a person needs to walk to their car), selection (deciding which animal is the tallest), and organizing data (grouping penguins to waddle together), along with how to control objects (raise hands, flap wings, move, turn, spin, walk, etc.).

This is a hands on course. During class we will be writing programs with partners, designing 3-D virtual worlds. Outside of class projects will be done alone, unless otherwise stated.

ATTENDANCE REQUIRED: Class attendance is REQUIRED since we program in class everyday. I need to know in advance if you have an excused absence for not attending class.

LAPTOP: If you have your own laptop, bring it to class. It will be much easier to keep all your work on your own laptop. You will use your laptop every day in class. Note that a Chromebook or ipad will not substitute, you will need a laptop. For outside of class, Alice is installed on the computer clusters around campus, for example in Old Chem 101. Use the Mac Version on those machines.

CompSci 94 will introduce you to the world of computer science and you will learn how to make impressive animations for your other courses or clubs. CompSci 94 is intended as a non-majors course to give you a feel for programming, while blending in animation concepts. If you want to take a second computer science course after this course, CompSci 94 will prepare you well for CompSci 101, though you could also take CompSci 101 without having CompSci 94. CompSci 101 is also a beginner's course, uses a different programming language (python), focuses more on processing data, and covers programming more in depth with more programming assignments.

You cannot get credit for this course if you have taken CompSci 101 or CompSci 201.

Required Background:

No experience necessary, this is an introductory course.

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