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Computer Science 1 question

Posted 08 November 2009 - 11:51 AM

This spring will be my last semester before I transfer from my community college to the university. So that I'm not completely behind I registered to take computer science 1 this spring.

I am a little worried because the professor that teaches the course is known for not teaching at all... I had him for a three week winter semester course, fundamentals of programming. It was basically read the book nonstop and take notes from a power point during class. Everything I learned that course was because I read the book cover to cover.

Everyone in my c++ programming course had him already for computer science 1, and they said he was horrible and that they didn't learn anything from his class. I don't believe that anything is completely the professor's fault, so I am going to do extra work outside of class so that I am not behind when I transfer and take computer science 2.

Are the topics covered in computer science 1 and 2 pretty standard in U.S. colleges? Can someone give me a list of the topics covered in computer science 1? I can spend extra time on them if they are not covered during my course.

Sorry for the wall of text, and thanks for the help.

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Re: Computer Science 1 question

Posted 08 November 2009 - 11:57 AM

In my AP Computer Science class in high school, we learned fundamentals of Java and OOP methodology. We also learned things like time and space complexity. Later on in the book, we covered more Java-only things like Swing, applets, and file input-output.

The stuff toward the beginning of the book was pretty standard and language-independent, but the actual code was in Java, There's my experience with it.
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Posted 08 November 2009 - 12:48 PM

im taking apcs now.



Primitive Data Types: ints
Primitive Data Types: doubles
Primitive Data Type Conversions
Primitive Data Types: char
String Objects
Escape Sequences
The Java API
String Class Methods
Scanner Class Methods
Parsing
if Statements
Number Systems
booleans
if
if-else
if-else-if
Comparing Strings
Logical Operators
Loops
while Loops
Reading Text Files
for Loops
Nested Loops
Writing Text Files
Arrays
One-Dimensional Arrays
Formatting Output
The for - each Loop
Methods
Defining New Static Methods
Objects
Instances of a Class
Default Constructors
Constructors with Parameters
Overloading Methods and Using Two Classes
Constructing Multiple Objects
Arrays of Objects
ArrayLists
inheritance
polymorphism
abstractions
algorithm stuff
sorting
searching
program analysis

i basically went through my course guide and wrote down the main topics. its highschool, but they told us at the beginning of the term that it is comparable to college. and if i pass the ap exam its college credit, so it should be pretty close.
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Posted 09 November 2009 - 09:12 AM

Currently taking CS 1 in college, and it definitely is comparable if not identical to what gibson.nathan just posted. It's really not that challenging of a class, you could indefinitely teach yourself everything, pretty sure I did before I started the class haha.

Best of luck!
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Posted 09 November 2009 - 05:11 PM

Sounds good, I learned most of this stuff from my C and C++ programming courses. Thanks for the replies :^:
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