|Instructor||David Ferry, Homepage|
|Course Web Site||http://cs.slu.edu/~dferry/courses/csci1060/|
|Course Meeting Times||Monday, Wednesday, & Friday from 10:00 - 10:50, Online Meeting|
|Zoom Link||Click here to join|
|Zoom Meeting ID||963 7422 2282|
||March 10th, April 12th
|Final Exam Time
||Wednesday, May 12th, 12:00 - 1:50PM
|Office Hours||See my schedule|
Computing allows scientists and engineers to quantify and analyze problems to a terrific degree. The particulars of how computers are used will vary from field to field and problem to problem, but the process of computer programming (or more generally- computer-aided problem solving) is similar for everybody. Computers are machines that are incapable of original thought or imagination. Using one effectively requires a solid understanding of what a computer is and is not capable of, and then the mental plasticity to transform the real-world problem into a computer model that (hopefully) bears some significance to the original problem that must be solved. The goal of this course is to teach students this process of solving real-world scientific and engineering problems via computer programming.
Learning Outcomes- At the end of this course, students should be able to:
Topical Outline- the topics we will cover in this course (not necessarily in this order) are:
Catalog Description: Elementary computer programming concepts with an emphasis on problem solving and applications to scientific and engineering applications. Topics include data acquisition and analysis, simulation and scientific visualization.
Recommended course textbook: MATLAB An Introduction with Applications by Amos Gilat, Published by Wiley
Note: The textbook is recommended as a supplementary resource for those who wish but is not required. Any recent edition of the book is suitable.
(book's website - supplementary videos, example problems, and errata)
There will be approximately 10 assignments for this course and a course project. These are a mix of written and programming assignments whose purpose is to apply course concepts.
Assignments submitted on time will be given full credit. Assignments submitted up to 24 hours late will be given a ten percent penalty. Assignments submitted between 24 hours and 48 hours late will be given a twenty percent penalty. Assignments submitted after 48 hours late will not be given credit, except in the case of extenuating circumstances pre-approved by the instructor.
A tentative course schedule is below. Note that this schedule may change over the course of the semester. When changes occur, students will be given enough advance notice so that readings and other preparation may be accommodated.
Introduction, Course Overview
|intro.m||Syllabus (this website)|
|Feb 1-Feb 5||Mon||
Overview of MATLAB
Scalars, operators, and precedence
(Second Class Recording)
|scalars.m||Gilat Ch. 1||Homework #1 Assigned|
Vectors in MATLAB
Gilat Ch. 2
Submitting Homework with Git
|Fri||Two-Dimensional Arrays in MATLAB||
|Homework #1 Due|
|Feb 8-Feb 12||Mon||Vectorized Operations||Gilat Ch. 3.1 - 3.6||Homework #2 Assigned|
|plotting.m||Gilat Ch. 5.1 - 5.4|
|Fri||Case Study: Rolling Pairs of Dice
|dicepair.m||Gilat Ch. 5.8|
|Feb 15-Feb 19||Mon||
(Snow Day - No Class)
|controlflow.m||Gilat Ch. 6.1 - 6.6||Homework #2 Due|
|Wed||No Class: February Break|
Case Study: The Motion of a Ball
(Class Discussion - Dice Pair and Control Flow)
|animateThrow.m||Homework #3 Assigned|
|Feb 22-Feb 26||Mon||
Case Study: Approximate Motion of a Ball
(Class Discussion - Control Flow)
Stock Market Analysis
(Class Discussion - Motion of a Ball)
Basic Input and Output Commands
(Class Discussion - Ball Simulation)
|input_output.m||Gilat Ch. 4||Homework #3 Due|
|Mar 1-Mar 5||Mon||
More Stock Market Analysis
(Class Discussion - Stock Market Analysis 1)
|Homework #4 Assigned|
(Class Discussion: More Stock Market Discussion)
|peaks.m||Gilat Ch. 7|
Case Study: Record Rainfall
(Class Discussion: Monthly Gain and Daily Downturn)
|Mar 8-Mar 12||Mon||
Homework #4 Due
|peaks.m||Gilat Ch. 7|
Use of subfunctions
Case Study: Stock Market Analysis solution set
|Mar 15-Mar 19||Mon||
Case Study: the gambler
|Homework #5 Assigned|
The gambler simulation and random walks
(Class Discussion - Homework 5)
|Mar 22-Mar 26||Mon||More on Iterative Solvers General code for iterative solver (Class Discussion)||Assignment #5 Due|
Homework #6 Assigned
(PDF from video)
|Mar 29-Apr 2||Mon||
|fileio.m||Gilat Ch. 4.3-4.4|
Case Study: DNA to RNA Transcription
|Fri||No Class: Good Friday|
|Apr 5-Apr 9||Mon||
Case Study: Caesar Cipher
||Homework #6 Due|
|Wed||Case Study: Random Shift Stream Cipher||encrypt.m|
|Fri||(Exam Review Discussion)||Exam review programs: argDemo.m, myAverage.m, convertASCII.m, approxPi.m, addLineNumbers.m|
|Apr 12-Apr 16||Mon||Second Exam|
|Wed||Cell Arrays, Structures||
|MATLAB docs (cell arrays, structures)||Project Proposal Assigned|
|Fri||Sound processing in MATLAB|
|Apr 19-Apr 23||Mon||Sound processing in MATLAB||Project Proposal Due|
|Wed||Sound processing in MATLAB||
Homework #8 Assigned
(Homework 8 Explanation Video)
|Fri||Sound processing in MATLAB|
|Apr 26-Apr 30||Mon||Traversing Mazes|
|Wed||Traversing Mazes||Homework #8 Due|
|Fri||Image Data||image_processing.m||Homework #9 Assigned|
|May 3-May 7||Mon||Digital Watermarking||digital_watermarking.m|
|Wed||Finding components of an image|
|Fri||An Introduction to C++ Programming||Note: We will do more days if time permits.||Homework #9 Due|
Your grade will be determined as follows:
|Midterm Exams||20% each|
Grading is done on a straight scale (uncurved). The following scores are guaranteed. The grading scale may be curved upwards (in your favor) at the discretion of the instructor.
The majority of this course is centered around using MATLAB, a widely used software for scientific and engineering computing. You can access this software in at least the following ways:
You can install MATLAB on your personal machine and use it via SLU's license via the instructions here. You will need to scroll down the page to the entry for "MATLAB". Then click through the link there and you will be taken to a Google Doc with instructions for downloading and installing MATLAB. You will need to use your SLU username and ID to login to this Google Doc.
Online Access: Mathworks supports a browser-based version of MATLAB at matlab.mathworks.com. This version of MATLAB will work for this course, but the interface is somewhat different and I am less familiar with how it works. I would suggest installing the local version of MATLAB if you are able, but I have had students do the entire course with this version of MATLAB without too much difficulty.
Computer labs: The computers in McDonnell Douglas Hall should all have access to MATLAB.
Successful students attend all or mostly all class sessions. This is true in my experience and has been demonstrated in large scale studies as well. In that study, even students who attended nine out of ten class periods had measurably lower class performance than those who attended all classes. However, there is no attendance requirement for this class, and you do not need to get permission when you do miss class. You are an adult and have the freedom to manage your time in whatever way you feel is most useful. Job interviews, conferences, tests in other courses, etc. are all reasonable cases for being absent.
Note that in-class assignments such as tests or quizes cannot be made up outside of class without prior approval from the instructor. All such activities will be listed course schedule with ample time to prepare (i.e. there are no "pop quizes").
If you do miss class you should refer to the course schedule to see what was missed and arrange to get course notes from another student. I am always happy to answer questions but I do not repeat full class periods in office hours.
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