Saturday, September 18, 2010
Welcome to Room 429, Computer Math and Computer Science!
Here's a hearty welcome to all my new students in Computer Math! I think we got off to a great start. We've already got a hang of using http://www.sagemath.org/ and we are even starting to use the python programming language. Our new textbook is great too, take a look at http://www.skylit.com/mathandpython.html, cudos to the authors Gary and Maria Litvin on a job well done! This is a great course in Discrete Mathematics. Combining this text with SAGE makes for a great intro to Scientific Computing too!
BTW, it's the 63rd anniversary of the first computer bug, so guess what YouTube Wednesday was about for the last few Wednesdays in class!
Welcome back to my AP Computer Science students who were in my Computer Math class last year! I think we're off to a good start here too having completed the first 2 chapter's of Cay Horstmann's Java Concepts text (http://horstmann.com/bigjava.html), the best programming book I've ever had the pleasure of reading!
Don't forget, in addition to YouTube Wednesdays, we're going to start MCQ Mondays this week. Be prepared, be very prepared! Remember, you guys are honorary Boy Scouts, http://www.scouting.org/. So, your motto should be, "always be prepared!" We're going to start FRQ Fridays soon too....