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College Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

COMP 121 - Introduction to Scientific Programming

This course is intended to give students from diverse areas of science-e.g., economics, biology, physics, chemistry, geography, geology, mathematics, engineering, statistics-an ability to write software for solving problems and carrying out research in those disciplines. The course provides an introduction to programming and computation as well as to a number of important and widely used techniques: scientific graphics, equation solving, function fitting, optimization, storing and searching data, and simulation. There is an emphasis on ways to represent and transform information on the computer in addition to numbers and text: images, sound, graphs and databases. Prerequisite(s): No prerequisites. Offered spring semester. (4 Credits)