CSC 161 Grinnell College Fall, 2011
 
Imperative Problem Solving and Data Structures
 

CSC 161 Module 0: Getting Started with Linux, C, and the Scribbler 2

Summary and Main Topics

This module introduces CSC161 students to the basics of Linux, C programming, and the Scribbler robots, including:

  1. basic Linux,
  2. introduction to using the terminal,
  3. elements of a C program, including variables and primitive types,
  4. editing, compiling, linking, and running a program, and
  5. basic Scribbler actions (beeping and motion)

Day-by-day Details

Day Topic Preparation In-class Due Date Availability
for
Extra
Credit
Friday, August 26 Problem-solving Process
Module 0: Linux Introduction
  Examples    
Monday, August 29 Linux Basics lab exercise    
Tuesday, August 30 Files in Linux lab exercise    
Wednesday, August 31 File Permissions in Linux lab exercise    
Friday, September 2 Introduction to C
  • Elements of a program
  • Variables and arithmetic expressions
  • Variable names
  • Data types and sizes
  • Constants
lab exercise    
Monday, September 5 Using the Scribbler 2 Robot lab exercise    
Tuesday, September 6 Project   Program a Song Due: Friday, September 9  

Project: Program a Song

Working in pairs, students should develop a program that includes a song/melody at least 30 seconds long. Students should also write a description of their program, compile the program, and run it. Songs which have been used in examples or labs may not be used.

Grading

This project will be worth 25 points, based on the following rubric:


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created 24 June 2011
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For more information, please contact Henry M. Walker at walker@cs.grinnell.edu.