teaching machines

CS 396: Meeting 2 – Networking

Dear students, Today Alyssa from Career Services will help us prepare for the upcoming career fair. I’d like to take a moment to say that you’ve got an awesome opportunity here. I had nothing like this when I was an undergraduate, and I spent many hours sending emails to potential employers and never hearing back. […]

CS 1: Lecture 6 – String

Dear students, If this class was a book, the chapter we’re in right now is Computer as Calculator. I’d mentioned that computers got their start in the world of mathematics. Why exactly did computers start with the mathematicians? The good news is that numbers are not the only thing that computers are good at crunching. […]

CS 145: Lab 2 – Math and String

Welcome to lab 2! If you have checkpoints from the last lab to show your instructor or TA, do so immediately. No credit will be given if you have not already completed the work, nor will credit be given after the first 10 minutes of this lab. Work with a partner that you have not […]

CS 1: Lecture 5 – Math Methods

Dear students, Today we introduce the Math class. This class has a bunch of pre-written recipes for computing various mathematical operations. We can see what it all provides by looking at its documentation. I usually find this documentation by searching java ClassName in my favorite search engine. Let’s explore the methods that the Math class […]

CS 148: Lab 2 – Scanner and Math

Welcome to the lab 2! Our goal today is to become more familiar with user interaction and the various mathematical operations. Checkpoint 1 Person A types. Start by creating a package in your Eclipse project named lab02. Let’s write a program that prompts the user for two colors and mixes them together. This sort of […]

CS 1: Lecture 4 – Mathematical Data and Operations

Dear students, CS 145: Yesterday we had our first lab. Tuesdays are a marathon day for me, and I am in class from 8 AM to 5:15 PM (with a lunch break). Your positive attitudes make it bearable and worth it. Many folks finished within the lab time. This will not always be the case, […]

CS 396: Meeting 1 – Resumes

Dear students, Welcome to CS 396! This class is about life after school. Mostly this means your career, but we are more than workers, so we will discuss being a human too. Each week in this class, someone else will be up front. The first four weeks will be led by Alyssa Slaby from Career […]

CS 1: Lecture 3 – Scanner

Dear students, We start today by visiting a few of your questions and observations from your quarter sheets. I read through every single one of these, and respond to a few. They help me feel the pulse of the class. Last time we just started teaching a machine to perform some math for us. I […]

CS 1: Lecture 2 – Computer as Calculator

Dear students, Last time we started to explore one of the primary activities of computer science: organizing process. We started this adventure using Madeup, but today we’ll jump into Java, the language we will spend most of our time with this semester and next. Java is a language originally developed by Sun Microsystems. It surged […]