“It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.” – Albert Einstein
Course Description: AP Computer Science A is equivalent to a first-semester, college level course in computer science. The course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem solving, design strategies and methodologies, organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions, and the ethical and social implications of computing. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem solving and design using Java language. These techniques represent proven approaches for developing solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large, complex problems. The AP Computer Science A course curriculum is compatible with many CS1 courses in colleges and universities.
Goals of AP Computer Science A: Students should be able to
- Design, implement, and analyze solutions to problems;
- Use and implement commonly used algorithms;
- Develop and select appropriate algorithms and data structures to solve problems;
- Write solutions fluently in an object-oriented paradigm;
- Write, run, test, and debug solutions in the Java programming language, utilizing standard Java library classes and interfaces from the AP Java subset;
- Read and understand programs consisting of several classes and interacting objects;
- Read and understand a description of the design and development process leading to such a program; and
- Understand the ethical and social implications of computer use.
My Personal Goals: Here are a few things I want us to achieve this year.
- Have a solid foundational knowledge of programming in Java to develop efficient software.
- Be prepared to continue on in computer programming experiences in the future.
- To attain a top score on the AP exam.
- Share our experiences, knowledge, and interest with the rest of Ardsley.