This is a rough schedule of topics for each day and the release and due dates for each homework assignment.

Class topics and homework information may change over the course of the term. Please treat this schedule as a rough guide for seeing what we’ll be focusing on, and expect that there will be shifts as the term progresses.

Preparation should be completed before the class day that they are listed. Class is structured expecting that you have completed the preparation activities and responded to them on Moodle.

Date Homework/Reading Due In Class Homework Out
Week 1 Algorithmic Thinking    
M 9/12 Start of Class Prep Intro to the class  
W 9/14 Intro Python Prep Starting with Python HW1
F 9/16 Building Blocks Prep Values, Operations, and Types  
Week 2 Building Blocks Part 1    
M 9/19 Variables Prep Variables and Evaluation  
W 9/21 Modules Prep; HW1 Quiz 1; Random Turtles HW2
F 9/23 Sequences Prep Using Sequences  
Week 3 Building Blocks Part 2    
M 9/26 Iteration Prep Iteration Lab  
W 9/28 Conditionals Prep; HW2 Quiz 2; Conditionals Lab HW3
F 9/30 Debugging Prep Debugging Strategies and Nested Structures  
Week 4 Advanced Blocks    
M 10/3 Lists Prep Working with Lists  
W 10/5 Files Prep; HW3 Quiz 3; Working with Files HW4
F 10/7 Dictionaries Prep Using Dictionaries  
Week 5 Functions    
M 10/10 Functions Prep 1 Function Basics  
W 10/12 Functions Prep 2; HW4 Quiz 4; Return of the Functions HW5
F 10/14 Indefinite Loops Prep Using While Loops  
Week 6 Objects and Classes    
M 10/17   Mid-term Break!  
W 10/19 Classes Prep 1; HW5 Quiz 5; Object-Oriented Programming Intro HW6
F 10/21 Classes Prep 2 OOP Day 2  
Week 7 Recursion and Efficiency    
M 10/24 Recursion Prep Intro to Recursion  
W 10/26 Algorithm Analysis Prep; HW6 Quiz 6; Analyzing Algorithms HW7
F 10/28 Lists and Dictionary Analysis Prep Efficiency of Python Lists and Dictionaries  
Week 8 Searching and Sorting    
M 10/31 Searching Prep Sequential and Binary Search  
W 11/2 Sorting Prep 1; HW7 Quiz 7; Slow(ish) Sorting Algorithms  
F 11/4 Sorting Prep 2; Final Project Info Mergesort and Final Project Final Project Proposal
Week 9 Final Project    
M 11/7 Final Project Proposal Making Simulations  
W 11/9 None Quiz 8; Catch-up and work day Final Project
F 11/11 None TBD  
Week 10 Wrapping Up    
M 11/14 Project First Draft Working on Final Projects  
W 11/16 Study! Quiz 9; Wrap-up and course evals  
Exam Period      
  Final Project