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The course is divided into ten lessons plus some additional material. The first couple of lessons could be very useful to beginning programmers becausethey present some important fundamental programming concepts using the Python programming language.

The first lesson also contains some fairly abstract Backus-Naur material that seems to be out of place in an introductory lesson. Don't be too concerned if you don't fully understand that material.While critical for "computer science" students, you can go a long way in programming without fully understanding this material. (It is probably more important for people who design programming languages than for people who useprogramming languages.)

Beyond the first couple of lessons, the course gets into some fairly advanced material. However, if you understand the material in the first couple oflessons, don't hesitate to continue with the additional lessons.

Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) with Java

This website is included in the last three items in my recommended path . The material on this website ranges from fundamental programming concepts for beginners to moreadvanced programming concepts for those with programming experience. This material includes the primary learning resources for several courses that Iteach at Austin Community College.

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This section contains a variety of miscellaneous information.

Housekeeping material
  • Module name: Tkc0100: Preface
  • File: Tkc0100.htm
  • Published: 03/17/13
  • Revised: 05/30/13

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Affiliation : I am a professor of Computer Information Technology at Austin Community College in Austin, TX.

Appendix A: Programming knowledge requirements in Texas

Several years ago, I extracted information from various Texas State documents in an attempt to get a handle on the minimum level of programming knowledge thatis required for students to graduate from a Texas high school with one or more courses in computer science.

A list of requirements

By organizing that material, I came up with the following as the minimum list of items thatmust be understood by the graduating student:

  1. General knowledge of computer programming such as the ability to differentiate among the levels of programming languages including machine,assembly, high-level compiled and interpreted languages.
  2. Problem-solving strategies such as design specifications, modular top-down design, step-wise refinement, and algorithm development.
  3. Visual organizers to design solutions such as flowcharts or schematic drawings.
  4. Variables
  5. Expressions and Operators
  6. Sequence, Selection, and Loop Structures
  7. Relational and Logical Operators
  8. Data types
  9. Pretest and post-test loops.
  10. One-Dimensional Arrays
  11. Text files and structures of records.
  12. Sequential search algorithms.
  13. Use of simple data structures such as stacks and queues.
  14. Use of the Java class library.
  15. Command-line user input based on simple menus.
  16. Coding proficiency in Java.
  17. General Programming Syntax, Code Blocks, Comments
  18. Writing and Calling Functions
  19. Passing Function Parameters
  20. Types of Errors (syntax versus logic)


Questions & Answers

can someone help me with some logarithmic and exponential equations.
Jeffrey Reply
sure. what is your question?
okay, so you have 6 raised to the power of 2. what is that part of your answer
I don't understand what the A with approx sign and the boxed x mean
it think it's written 20/(X-6)^2 so it's 20 divided by X-6 squared
I'm not sure why it wrote it the other way
I got X =-6
ok. so take the square root of both sides, now you have plus or minus the square root of 20= x-6
oops. ignore that.
so you not have an equal sign anywhere in the original equation?
Commplementary angles
Idrissa Reply
im all ears I need to learn
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what is a good calculator for all algebra; would a Casio fx 260 work with all algebra equations? please name the cheapest, thanks.
Kevin Reply
a perfect square v²+2v+_
Dearan Reply
kkk nice
Abdirahman Reply
algebra 2 Inequalities:If equation 2 = 0 it is an open set?
Kim Reply
or infinite solutions?
The answer is neither. The function, 2 = 0 cannot exist. Hence, the function is undefined.
Embra Reply
if |A| not equal to 0 and order of A is n prove that adj (adj A = |A|
Nancy Reply
rolling four fair dice and getting an even number an all four dice
ramon Reply
Kristine 2*2*2=8
Bridget Reply
Differences Between Laspeyres and Paasche Indices
Emedobi Reply
No. 7x -4y is simplified from 4x + (3y + 3x) -7y
Mary Reply
is it 3×y ?
Joan Reply
J, combine like terms 7x-4y
Bridget Reply
im not good at math so would this help me
Rachael Reply
I'm not good at math so would you help me
what is the problem that i will help you to self with?
how do you translate this in Algebraic Expressions
linda Reply
Need to simplify the expresin. 3/7 (x+y)-1/7 (x-1)=
Crystal Reply
. After 3 months on a diet, Lisa had lost 12% of her original weight. She lost 21 pounds. What was Lisa's original weight?
Chris Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
good afternoon madam
what is system testing
what is the application of nanotechnology?
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
can nanotechnology change the direction of the face of the world
Prasenjit Reply
At high concentrations (>0.01 M), the relation between absorptivity coefficient and absorbance is no longer linear. This is due to the electrostatic interactions between the quantum dots in close proximity. If the concentration of the solution is high, another effect that is seen is the scattering of light from the large number of quantum dots. This assumption only works at low concentrations of the analyte. Presence of stray light.
Ali Reply
the Beer law works very well for dilute solutions but fails for very high concentrations. why?
bamidele Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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