[Edu-sig] Topics for CS2

David MacQuigg macquigg at ece.arizona.edu
Fri Jan 16 00:09:03 CET 2009

I'm putting together a list of topics for a proposed course entitled "Programming for Scientists and Engineers".  See the link to CS2 under http://ece.arizona.edu/~edatools/index_classes.htm.  This is intended as a follow-on to an introductory course in either Java or C, so the students will have some exposure to programming, but the Java students won't know machine-level programming, and the C students won't have any OOP.  For the proposed course, we will use the example programs as a way to introduce these topics.

As you can see from the very few links to completed examples, this is just a start.  Many of the links are only to discussions on this list, and I really appreciate the suggestions I have received so far.  Also, it is far from a representative survey or optimum sample, rather just a random sample of topics that I found interesting.  Some of the topics may be out of reach for students at this level, but that is the challenge.  Figure out a way to present a complex or theoretically difficult topic in a way that is simple and intuitive and will whet the students appetite for further study.

Additional suggestions are welcome.

-- Dave 

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