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03-course-placement - Mehran Sahami CS 106A Handout#3...

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Mehran Sahami Handout #3 CS 106A September 24, 2007 Course Placement Information Based on a handout by Eric Roberts Computers are everywhere in today’s world. The more you know about computers, the better prepared you will be to make use of them in whatever field you choose to pursue. Learning to program computers unlocks the full power of computer technology in a way that is both liberating and exciting. At the same time, programming is an intellectually challenging activity that comes easily to very few people. Taking a programming course requires a great deal of work and commitment on your part, but you will not be able to master programming without putting in that level of work somewhere along the way. The payoffs, however, are quite real. If you make the effort and keep up with the demands of the material, you will be able to make computers do amazing things. As you begin your journey in computing at Stanford, it would serve you well to decide what are the best options for you along this route. What introductory programming course should I take? A very large percentage of Stanford students take a programming course from the Computer Science Department at some point during their undergraduate career. Because we need to accommodate students with a wide range of backgrounds and interests, the CS department offers several different introductory classes: CS 105 Introduction to Computing. This course is designed as a general-education introduction to what this rapidly expanding field of computer science is all about. It attracts an audience of approximately 250 students a year, most of whom take the course primarily to meet the Stanford General Education Requirement in category DB-EngrAppSci (formerly GER:2b). If your only interest is in meeting that requirement, CS 105 is likely to be the most appropriate course.
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