Introduction to Computer Science


My Friday office hours have been moved from 9 to 12:30-13:15.
Thursday lectures have been moved to room U71.
Many rules for the course are explained on the first of the notes for the lectures.

The textbook:

Computer Science: An Overview, 10th Edition, by J. Glenn Brookshear, 2009.
There is a homepage for the textbook, including the simulator.
A list of errata for the textbook can be found here.
The textbook will be supplemented with notes.


There will be no exam at the end of the course; instead there are mandatory assignments, of which all 10 must be completed well and on time in order to pass the course. You are allowed to retry (only once) on at most 3 assignments which were not approved the first time.


Questions for the re-exam on June 29 are available here. (This is only relevant if you flunk in the fall. Note that the date given in that document is not from the year, 2011.)

Notes for lectures

  1. Lectures 1 and 2 (also in PDF).
    Hint: for the last problem on the first homework assignment: You should look at (and use) the problem from the discussion section where you were asked to minimize the number of AND gates. Then consider adding two numbers, each of which has two bits.
  2. Lecture 3 (also in PDF).
  3. Lecture 4 (also in PDF).
  4. Lecture 5 (also in PDF).
  5. Lecture 6 (also in PDF).
  6. Lecture 7 (also in PDF).
  7. Lecture 8 (also in PDF).
  8. Lecture 9 (also in PDF).
  9. Lecture 10 (also in PDF).
  10. Lecture 11 (also in PDF). Due date changed to November 24, 8:15.
  11. Lecture 12 (also in PDF).
  12. Lecture 13 (also in PDF). Due date changed to December 1, 8:15.
  13. Lecture 14 (also in PDF).
  14. Lecture 15 (also in PDF).
  15. Lecture 16 (also in PDF).
  16. Lecture 17 (also in PDF). Due date changed to December 13, 8:15.
  17. Lecture 18 (also in PDF).
  18. Lecture 19 (also in PDF).
  19. Lecture 20 (also in PDF).

Course Evaluation from fall 2010

Student course evaluation summary and response.


Week 35: Lectures Wednesday 10:15-12 (U26). and Wednesday 12:15-14 (U28).
Monday 8:15-10:00 Lectures in weeks 36-41, 45-51 (U37).
Thursday 14:15-16:00 Lectures in weeks 36,38,40,45,47,49 (U71).

Thursday 14:15-16 Discussion section in week 35 (U28).
Wednesday 12:15-14 Discussion section in weeks, 37-39, 41, 45 (U28).
Wednesday 12:15-14 Discussion section in weeks, 49-51 (U26).
Monday 15:15-17 Discussion section in week 51 (U28).
Friday 12:15-14 Discussion section in weeks, 39, 50 (U27a).

Monday 14:15-16 Labs in weeks, 36-37, 40-41, 46-48 (Terminal room).
Friday 8:15-10 Labs in weeks, 46, 48 (Terminal room).

Wednesday 9:00-9:45 Office hours.
Friday 9:00-9:45 Office hours.


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