M1: Introduction to Programming¶
This first module provides an introduction to basic programming concepts and skills.
The pre-recorded lectures are available through Canvas.
The lectures include a video to introduce the module (“Introduction to Module M1”) and a series of 5-15 minute videos divided into three sections:
- 1a - Introduction to Programming
1a.1 - Introduction
1a.2 - Writing and Running your First Program
1a.3 - Variables
1a.4 - Expressions
1a.5 - Bonus: Types Revisited
- 1b - Control Flow
1b.1 - Introduction
1b.2 - Conditional Statements
1b.3 - “for” loops
1b.4 - Example: Primality Testing
1b.5 - “while” loops
- 1c - List, Tuples, and Strings
1c.1 - Introduction
1c.2 - List Creation and Basic Usage
1c.3 - List Iteration
1c.4 - Adding/Removing Elements from a List
1c.5 - List Slicing
1c.6 - Lists of Lists
1c.7 - Tuples
1c.8 - Strings
1c.9 - Bonus: List Comprehensions
1c.10 - Bonus: Lists in Memory
The chapters corresponding to this module are:
A PDF version of the textbook is also available here.
You will be asked to log in with your CNetID before you can see the textbook.
Please note that the pre-recorded lectures cover largely the same material as the book. We recommend starting with the pre-recorded lectures, and then reading through the book (but do not feel bad if you find yourself skipping large portions of the textbook, if you feel they tread on material that you already understood when watching the lectures)
You will find the links to the Zoom sessions on Canvas.
- Week 1
Wednesday, September 30th: Introduction to CS 121
Friday, October 2nd: Q&A and Git
- Week 2
Wednesday, October 7th: Lab #1
Friday, October 9th: Q&A and List/Loops Examples
In the October 7th lecture, we will be working through a few of the problems in this lab. You are not expected to complete the lab before that lecture, but you should try to read through it so you are familiar with its contents.