CMPS 1500

Introduction to Computer Science



Introduction to Computer Science I


Instructor: Ramgopal Mettu
Teaching Assistant:Ellis Fenske


Computational tools are a critical part of our everyday lives. Software is the driving force behind cutting edge scientific discovery, blockbuster entertainment, and today's fast-paced marketplace. This course aims to be an introduction to techniques and problem-solving approaches that are used to develop some of these tools. At a high level, we will focus on what has recently been called "computational thinking", which is the practice of using abstraction to design and implement algorithms and software to solve problems. A key focus of this course will be to show that computational tasks, and their solutions, arise in many different aspects of our daily lives.

We will learn basic programming principles, as well as applications of computational tools. Python will be the language we shall use to explore the following basic programming concepts:

We will also see how these elementary concepts are used in a number of application areas such as embedded systems, networks, social media, and scientific computing, to name just a few.

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

Meeting Time and Place

Lectures: MWF 11:00-11:50a, Stanley Thomas 302

Discussions: Tu 12:30-1:45p (Section 72079), Th 12:30-1:45p (Section 72510), Stanley Thomas 302

Contact Information

Instructor: Ramgopal Mettu
Telephone: 504.865.5804
Office: Stanley Thomas 303E
Email: rmettu@tulane.edu
Office Hours: MW 1-2 or by appointment

Teaching Assistant: Ellis Fenske
Office: Stanley Thomas 309
Email: efenske@tulane.edu
Office Hours: TuTh 1:45-2:45p


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