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Principles of Computing (Part 1), Rice University

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About this Course

This two-part course builds upon the programming skills that you learned in our Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python course. We will augment those skills with both important programming practices and critical mathematical problem solving skills. These skills underlie larger scale computational problem solving and programming. The main focus of the class will be programming weekly mini-projects in Python that build upon the mathematical and programming principles that are taught in the class. To keep the class fun and engaging, many of the projects will involve working with strategy-based games. In part 1 of this course, the programming aspect of the class will focus on coding standards and testing. The mathematical portion of the class will focus on probability, combinatorics, and counting with an eye towards practical applications of these concepts in Computer Science. Recommended Background - Students should be comfortable writing small (100+ line) programs in Python using constructs such as lists, dictionaries and classes and also have a high-school math background that includes algebra and pre-calculus....

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By SN

May 07, 2019

This course is very good for beginners and intermediate coders. Gives important basics about computer science from 3 very good professors.

By JH

May 16, 2018

very wellmade assignments! that goes a long way!\n\nplotting seemed a bit superflous and not much learned.\n\nThank you professors!

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By Saksham Nayyar

May 07, 2019

This course is very good for beginners and intermediate coders. Gives important basics about computer science from 3 very good professors.

By Subhrosil Maiti

Apr 05, 2019

Challenging, yet enjoyable course.

By Sambhav Jain

Apr 03, 2019

Great Course

By Jesús Agustín Parra Tabares

Mar 06, 2019

Excelente curso

By Frank Vreys

Feb 28, 2019

Very good course, with challenging projects. These projects help you also to improve your Python skills.

By Maxim Urazov

Feb 22, 2019

I have never had any programing experience before taking this specialization from Rice. I love it! At times I have troubles doing things from the first time, but I never get stuck forever and still learn a lot. It is a bit on the difficult side for me(with zero knowledge before the previous courses), but I enjoy it.

By Rudy Halim

Feb 14, 2019

Great course, gets very tough but worth it.

By Abirvab Deb

Dec 27, 2018

Definitely one of the best courses I have taken introducing Computer Science fundamentals while using Python as the language of choice. I highly recommend to anyone looking to learn CS concepts while picking up a very popular higher level language.

By Rita Iglesias Gándara

Sep 29, 2018

Funny, difficult and well structured, at the same time.

By Alejo Gomez Omil

Sep 12, 2018

Very interesting to expand the ways to solve a problem.