Course Description

Berkeley's Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs is a course designed to teach students about the fundamental concepts of programming and how to think like a computer scientist. The course is based on the classic textbook "Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs" by Abelson and Sussman, which has been used as a primary text in computer science courses at many universities around the world. The course covers a wide range of topics, including the basics of programming in Scheme, a dialect of Lisp, as well as topics such as data abstraction, higher-order functions, and recursion. The course also delves into more advanced topics such as streams, concurrency, and programming with continuations. The course is structured around a series of lectures, discussions, and programming assignments, all of which are designed to help students develop a deep understanding of programming concepts and how to apply them in practice. In addition, students will have the opportunity to work on a final project, which will give them the chance to apply what they have learned throughout the course to a real-world problem. One of the unique aspects of this course is the emphasis on the importance of understanding the underlying structure of computer programs. Rather than simply teaching students how to write code that works, the course aims to teach them how to think about programming problems in a systematic and structured way. This approach is based on the idea that by understanding the fundamental principles of programming, students will be better equipped to solve a wide range of programming problems, both now and in the future. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to think creatively, experiment with new ideas, and challenge themselves to push beyond their comfort zones. They will also have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other students, sharing ideas and learning from one another. By the end of the course "Berkeley's Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs", students will have gained a deep understanding of the principles of programming and will be able to apply this knowledge to solve a wide range of programming problems. They will also have developed strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills, which will serve them well both in their academic pursuits and in their future careers.