CS 20: Introduction to Creative Computing

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After studying this chapter, a student should be able to:

1.1 Algorithms

1.2 An Algorithm in Detail

1.3 Actions in Algorithms

1.4 Control Flow of Algorithms

1.5 Methods of Writing Algorithms

Assignment: Creating Pseudocode

1.6 Problems vs. Algorithms

1.7 Abstraction

1.8 Refinement

Assignment: Refining Pseudocode

1.9 Encapsulation

Encapsulating Pseudocode

1.10 Input and Output

Assignment: Determine the Inputs and Outputs

Discussion: Inputs and Outputs

1.11 Why Abstraction is Important

Key Terms

Comprehension Questions



After studying this chapter, a student should be able to:

2.1 The Python Language

2.2 The Processing Environment

2.3 Drawing in Processing

2.3.1 The Processing Coordinate System

2.3.2 Other Basic Shapes

Practice 2.1

2.3.3 Text Output

Practice 2.2

2.3.4 Processing Versus Python

Assignment: Draw Something, Anything!

Key Terms

Comprehension Questions



After studying this chapter, a student should be able to:

Chapter 3: Functions Introduction

3.1 Functions and Abstraction

3.2 Calling Functions

3.3 Creating Functions

3.3.1 Defining Functions: The def Statement

3.3.2 Functions that Perform Simple Subtasks

3.3.3 Defining Before Calling Functions

3.3.4 Comments in Python

3.3.5 Documenting Function Headers

Practice 3.1

3.3.6 Functions That Accept Arguments

3.3.7 Arguments Versus Parameters

3.3.8 Designing Programs with Functions

Key Terms

Comprehension Questions

Assignment: Functions for Clarity



After studying this chapter, a student should be able to:

Chapter 4: Colour in Processing Introduction

4.1 Grayscale Colour

4.2 Colour Functions in Processing

4.2.1 Background Colour

4.2.2 Stroke Colour

4.2.3 Fill Colour

4.3 The RGB Colour Model

4.3.1 Using RGB Colours in Processing

Key Terms

Assignment: Using Colour in Processing



After studying this chapter, a student should be able to:

Chapter 5: Interaction and Events Introduction

5.1 Interactive Systems

5.1.1 The User

5.1.2 The System

5.1.3 User Actions

5.1.4 System Feedback

5.1.5 Interaction Versus Run-to-Completion

5.2 Interaction in Processing

5.2.1 The setup() Function

5.2.2 The draw() Function

Investigation 5.1

Investigation 5.2

Investigation 5.3

Investigation 5.4

5.2.3 Event Handling Functions

Practice 5.1

Practice 5.2

Assignment: Scene Switching

Key Terms



After studying this chapter, a student should be able to:

6.1 Data

6.1.1 Atomic Data

6.1.2 Compound Data

6.1.3 Data Types

6.2 Literals

6.2.1 Strings

6.2.2 Concatenation

Key Terms

Practice Questions

Comprehension Questions



After studying this chapter, a student should be able to:

7.1 Variables

7.1.1 Variable Names

7.1.2 Variable Assignment

7.1.3 Using Variables to Print

7.1.4 Avoiding Name Errors

7.2 Expressions

7.2.1 Literals as Expressions

7.2.2 Variables as Expressions

7.2.3 Operators

7.2.4 Using Numbers and Operators

7.2.5 Concatenation of Numbers and Strings

7.3 Using Variables in Functions

7.3.1 Handling User Input using Variables

Practice Questions

Key Terms

Assignment: Equations in Functions

Assignment: Resizable Image

Comprehension Questions



After studying this chapter, a student should be able to:

8.1 Input in Python

Practice Question



After studying this chapter, a student should be able to:

9.0 Python Style Guide: PEP8 Introduction

9.1 Naming Conventions

9.1.1 Naming Styles

9.1.2 How to Choose Names

9.2 Code Layout

9.3 Maximum Line Length and Line Breaking

9.4 Indentation

9.5 Comments

9.5.1 Block Comments

9.5.2 Inline Comments

9.5.3 Document Strings

9.6 Whitespace in Expressions and Statements

9.6.1 Trailing Whitespace

9.7 When to Ignore PEP8



After studying this chapter, a student should be able to:

10.1 Functions That Compute Values

10.1.1 The Return Keyword

Practice Questions

10.1.2 Functions with Parameters

Practice Questions

10.1.3 Return Statements Versus System Feedback

10.2 Functions as Expressions: Obtaining/Using a Function’s Return Value

10.2.1 More Built-In Python Functions

Practice Questions

10.3 Nested Function Calls

Key Terms

Comprehension Questions

Practice Question



After studying this chapter, a student should be able to:

11.0 Conditional Branching

11.1 Conditions

11.1.1 Relational Operators

11.1.2 Logical Operators

Practice Questions

11.2 Branching and Conditional Statements

Key Terms

Comprehension Questions

Assignment: Changing Image



After studying this chapter, a student should be able to:

Investigation: Repetition in Processing

12.0 Repetition Introduction

12.1 Repetition in Processing

12.2 While-Loops

12.2.1 While-Loops for Counting

12.3 For-Loops

12.3.1 Sequences

12.3.2 Ranges and Counting For-Loops

12.4 Choosing the Right Kind of Loop

12.5 Infinite Loops

Key Terms

Comprehension Questions

Exercise 12.1

Exercise 12.2

Exercise 12.3

Exercise 12.4

Exercise 12.5

Exercise 12.6



After studying this chapter, a student should be able to:

13.0 Nesting Programming Constructs

13.1 Nesting If-Statements

13.2 Nesting Loops

13.3 Nesting If-Statements and Loops

13.4 Multiple Layers of Nesting

13.5 Example of Nesting in Processing

Key Terms

Comprehension Question

Assignment: Repeating Pattern

Assignment: Choose Your Own Adventure



After studying this chapter, a student should be able to:

14.0 Compound Data Review

14.1 Examples of Dictionaries in Python

14.2 Examples of Lists in Python

14.3 Examples of Tuples in Python

14.4 Printing Lists and List Items

Practice Questions

14.5 Printing Tuples and Tuple Items

14.6 Printing Dictionaries and Dictionary Items

Practice Question

14.7 Changing, Adding and Removing Elements from a Dictionary

Practice Questions

Key Terms



After studying this chapter, a student will:

15.1 How Computers Work

15.2 How AI Works

15.3 How the Internet Works

15.4 Internet Privacy



After studying this chapter, a student will:

Assignment: Careers in Computer Science Poster



Students will develop a coding project and/or research a topic related to computer science of the student's choice

Final Project Overview

Research Project

Coding Project

Learn a New Programming Language

Web Page Design

Advanced Web Page Design



Credits

Eramian M, Chan B, Long J, Horsch M. Introduction to Creative Computing. 1st ed. Saskatoon, SK: University of Saskatchewan: Department of Computer Science, 2016.

Finer, Jasmine. “How to Write Beautiful Python Code With PEP 8.” Real Python, Real Python, 7 Nov. 2020, realpython.com/python-pep8/.

Matthes, Eric. Python Crash Course. 2nd ed. No Starch Press, May 2019.

“Python IF, ELSE, ELIF, Nested IF & Switch Case Statement.” Meet Guru99 - Free Training Tutorials & Video for IT Courses, www.guru99.com/if-loop-python-conditionalstructures.html.


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