|Office hours||Tuesday 9:00am - 10:00am, and by appointment|
|Lecture||Tuesdays/Thursdays 2:25pm - 3:45pm|
|Open Lab||Thursday 9:00am - 11:00am Park Room 231 (Computer Science Lab)|
|TA Hours||TA sessions are in Park Science, room 231|
|Sunday, 2-4pm: Tu|
|Monday, 6-8pm: Jordan and Katherine|
|Monday, 8-10pm: Jordan|
|Tuesday, 6-10pm: Hanna|
|Wednesday, 6-8pm: Katherine|
|Wednesday, 8-10pm: Lizzie|
|Thursday, 6-10pm: Ziting|
|Friday, 11am-1pm: Lizzie|
|Saturday, 4-6pm: Tu|
Course Description: An introduction to the nature, subject matter and branches of computer science as an academic discipline, and the nature, development, coding, testing, documenting and analysis of the efficiency and limitations of algorithms. Also includes the social context of computing (risks, liabilities, intellectual property and infringement).
This semester, we will be exploring the creative aspects of coding as a context for learning the above concepts. You will exercise your creativity by designing programs in a language called, Processing. Processing is a new language/environment built upon the programming language Java. Processing was created by artists, designers, and computer scientists to explore ideas of creative coding sing computer algorithms. We will also cover a variety of other topics, from bioinformatics to robotics. We will cover much of the entire text during this semester.
|1||Sep 1||Introduction||Read Chapter 1, Video 1: Getting Started||Assignment1|
|Sep 3||Drawing Sketches||Read Chapter 2|
|2||Sep 8||Parameterized Drawing||Discuss Chapter 2||Assignment2|
|Sep 10||Programming concepts: variables, math, functions|
|3||Sep 15||drawLeaf, and Pair Programming Activity||Read Chapter 2|
|Sep 17||Jigsaw for Processing||Java variables, functions, and loops||Assignment3|
|4||Sep 22||Spirographics||Read Spirographics and Chapter 3|
|5||Sep 29||Animations||Read Chapter 4||Assignment4|
|Oct 1||Vertex, Shapes, and Rotation|
|6||Oct 6||Visualizations 1||Read Chapter 5|
|Oct 8||Review||Play Jeopardy!||Assignment5|
|7||Oct 13||Fall break - No classes|
|Oct 15||Fall break - No classes|
|8||Oct 20||Review for Exam 1|
|Oct 22||Exam 1|
|9||Oct 27||Object-Oriented Programming||Read Chapter 6||Assignment6|
|Oct 29||State of Mind||Oct29|
|10||Nov 3||Java, Arrays, and Sorting||Read Ch. 6 on OOP, Ch. 5 (p. 150 - 155) on Arrays; Ch 7. (p. 250 - 255) on Sorting|
|Nov 5||Robot Control||Chapter 6, Inheritance: Is-a||Assignment7|
|11||Nov 10||Divide and Conquer||20 Questions||Classroom exercise|
|Nov 12||Sorting and Evolution||Ch. 7 Sorting (again)|
|12||Nov 17||Image Processing||Read Chapter 9||Assignment8|
|Nov 19||No class - discussion on diversity||Read Chapter 10|
|13||Nov 24||Image Functions||Read Chapter 8|
|Nov 26||Thanksgiving break - No classes|
|14||Dec 1||Computer Science||Laura's Foot|
|Dec 3||Computer Science||Sea Creatures Recursion|
|15||Dec 8||Live code review||Review OOP, translate/rotate, arrays|
|Dec 10||Review||Mathematical Functions|
Processing: Creative Coding & Generative Art in Processing 2 by Ira Greenberg, Dianna Xu, Deepak Kumar, Friends of ed, 2013. Available at the Campus Bookstore. Also at amazon for \$40.94 A Kindle eBook is available for those comfortable learning from an eBook (Amazon price is \$20.00). The Bryn Mawr Bookstore price is $44.99.
Processing Software (This software is already installed in the Computer Science Lab). The software is also available for your own computer from Processing web site (http://www.processing.org). Download the latest stable 2.X version for your own computer/Operating System.
Attendance and active participation are expected in every class. Participation includes asking questions, contributing answers, proposing ideas, and providing constructive comments.
As you will discover, we are proponents of two-way communication and we welcome feedback during the semester about the course. We are available to answer student questions, listen to concerns, and talk about any course-related topic (or otherwise!). Come to office hours! This helps us get to know you. You are welcome to stop by and chat. There are many more exciting topics to talk about that we won't have time to cover in-class.
Although computer science work can be intense, please stay in touch with us, particularly if you feel stuck on a topic or project and can't figure out how to proceed. Often a quick e-mail, phone call or face-to-face conference can reveal solutions to problems and generate renewed creative and scholarly energy. It is essential that you begin assignments early, since we will be covering a variety of challenging topics in this course.
There will be about seven assignments, weighted equally in the final grading. Assignments must be submitted according to the Assignment Submission instructions. You should pay careful attention to the Code Formatting Standards and Grading Policy when doing your assignments. The grading structure for individual assignments is broken down in the Grading Policy.
At the end of the semester, final grades will be calculated as a weighted average of all grades according to the following weights:
Incomplete grades will be given only for verifiable medical illness or other such dire circumstances.
All work must be turned in either in hard-copy or electronic submission, depending on the instructions given in the assignment. E-mail submissions, when permitted, should request a "delivery receipt" to document time and date of submission. Extensions will be given only in the case of verifiable medical excuses or other such dire circumstances, if requested in advance and supported by your Academic Dean.
No assignment will be accepted after it is past due.
No past work can be "made up" after it is due.
There will be two exams in this course. The exams will be closed-book and closed-notes. The exams will cover material from lectures, homeworks, and assigned readings (including topics not discussed in class).
We encourage you to discuss the material and work together to understand it. Here are our thoughts on collaborating with other students:
If you have any questions as to what types of collaborations are allowed, please feel free to ask.