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UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY Engineering 7 – Spring 2009 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Instructor: Professor Rector 1 E7 Spring 2009 Course Syllabus [Last Edited: 1/18/2009] Instructor: James Rector jwrector@lbl.gov 419 Davis Hall, Office Hours TBD Lecture: 55 Dwinelle, MW 1-2 PM Head GSI: James Lew jbocky@gmail.com Co-Head GSI : Timmy Siauw timmy.siauw@gmail.com GSI Office Hours: 537 Davis Hall W, 5:30-7:30 PM James Lew TBD Anand Subramanian T B D M a t t O v e r TBD Chet Vignes Class Objectives and Philosophy E7 is an introductory programming course in the College of Engineering and is primarily taken by freshman in their 1 st or 2 nd semester at Cal. This semester, E7 is a very large class and is staffed by 15 Graduate Student Instructors (GSIs), 4 Readers, and 1 instructor, Professor James Rector. Please be aware that the size of the class naturally makes it difficult to accommodate all students, but we will do the best we can. E7 is a 4 unit course, which means that there will be a significant workload. Per student each week, there will be 2 x 1 hour lectures, 2 x 2 hour laboratory sessions, and a 1 hr discussion section. Additionally, there will be approximately 13-15 laboratory assignments, a mandatory robot tournament, 2 midterms, and 1 final. These will be discussed in depth later in this syllabus. The course is divided essentially into 2 halves, the first of which will cover programming in Matlab, and the second half will cover engineering applications of programming. Originally, this course was taught in the Fortran language, but has since been changed to Matrix Laboratory, or MatLab for short. The E7 course is designed to convey the notion of programming as translating a problem into a language that a computer or machine can process. The course is meant to both illustrate how tedious tasks typically done manually can be automated by computer programs, and how word problems can be decomposed into a set of smaller sub-problems and solved using a set of MatLab functions or scripts. Therefore, please remember that MatLab is merely just a tool, a simplified language, to help demonstrate concepts about programming in general. The focus of this class is less about the precise syntax and formatting of output, and is more concerned with how well students can parse code and translate word problems into a programming language. Please note that this class was formerly E77 and required Math 54; this is no longer the case and therefore understand that a student’s knowledge of linear algebra and differential equations is limited to a high school level (which may or may not include calculus). We favor teaching quality over quantity of topics, preferring to teach fewer concepts very well rather than spreading thin on many topics. As such, certain concepts that may have appeared in the lecture schedule in previous semesters may be deemphasized or omitted this semester. Our goal is therefore to provide you with a robust paradigm to analyze problems and solve them using a programming language. If you walk away with a firm understanding of MatLab and programming concepts, this will improve your capacity
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