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This page contains general Computer Science learning materials and
references to materials and websites that you may find useful for
Computer Science studies.
Many students go into a study of Computer Science without a clear
understanding of what it is they will be studying. Many teenagers that
have done some programming think that Computer Science is about
programming and that programming is mainly what the degree is about.
They get somewhat of a rude shock when they encounter a lot of
mathematics on the way to completing the degree. But this may be common
with degree programs in general. How many freshmen have actually looked
at the degree requirements for their programs and read the course
descriptions for the requirements for their majors? And even if they've
read the descriptions, do they really know what they are going to be
studying two or three years later?
ArsDigita University was a one-year Computer Science program at MIT. It
ran for eleven months before having to shut down. But they saved a lot
of course information including a lot of lecture videos which can be
downloaded and viewed from the site. I've gone through a few of the
discrete mathematics videos and found the quality level to be very
high. Note that you can order a DVD set of their course materials for
$75 which may be far more cost-effective than downloading the materials.
Their course website is at http://www.aduni.org/.
Courses that have videos and/or other course materials:
for Computer Science - Tara Holm
and Interpretation of Computer Programs - Holly Yanco
(lecture notes, lecture videos, problem sets, exams). There are two
interesting links to a set
of 1985 video lectures of the course by the same name by Hal
Abelson and Gerald Jay Sussman. The
textbook is also available online though not for download.
Math - Shai Simonson (lecture videos, lecture notes, problem
Computers Work - Gill Pratt. This covers computer
organization and assembler.
Program Design - David Goddeau
- Shai Simonson
- Luis Rodriguez
Applications - Philip Greenspun
of Computation - Shai Simonson
Intelligence - Patrick Winston
Management Systems - Ravi Jasuja
Probability - Tina Kapur
There are some decent resources out there for a few courses normally
taught in computer science programs and I thought that I'd link them
here for those interested in studying on their own with lectures or
those looking to get an idea of what an undergrad computer science
course looks like.
Basically course materials in text form.
Updated May 9,
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