Introduction to programming and computing for scientists
Introduktion till programmering och datoranvändning för naturvetare

Basic level course, 7.5 ECTS credits, 2nd half of Fall Term

Introductory meeting for the H15 term: 26 October 2015, at 14:15, in room K262.

Textbook: "Problem solving with C++", W. Savitch (any edition)

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Course contents (H15)

Date and time Type Place Topic  
2015-11-02 15:00 Lecture 1 K262 Introduction to the role of programming in science, overview of usage of programming in: scientific devices, calibration procedures, pattern recognition, raw data pre-processing, modeling and simulation, distributed computing and data handling, data analysis and data presentation OS
2015-11-05 13:00 Tutorial 1a H321 Installation and customisation of a Linux operating system as a virtual machine, extending it with necessary additional packages (homework: described in slides 89-96) FP
2015-11-06 13:00 Tutorial 1b H321 Working in Linux shell, essential command line tools, operating on files and directories, using advanced text editors (homework: described in slide 22) BK
2015-11-11 15:00 Lecture 2 K262 Essentials of developing code in a collaborative environment: code repositories, software versioning, development frameworks, documentation OS
2015-11-11 17:00 Tutorial 2a H321 Writing a multi-section report in LaTeX, containing tables, formulae, images and bibliography (homework: see homework of Tutorial 2b) OS
2015-11-12 17:00 Tutorial 2b H321 Working with a SVN repository: checking code out, committing changes, resolving conflicts, applying patches (homework: described in slide 54) FP
2015-11-18 15:00 Lecture 3 K262 Overview of commonly used programming languages: C, C++, Python, bash. Areas of applicability of these languages, benefits and drawbacks of each FP
2015-11-19 13:00 Tutorial 3a H321 First steps in programming: simple C++ programs, constants and variables, operators, functions, input/output, compilation and execution (homework: described in slide 17) BK
2015-11-20 13:00 Tutorial 3b H321 Practical examples of more complex programming: implementation of algorithms, work with data sets, usage of bash (homework: described in slides 33 and 57; solutions) FP
2015-11-25 15:00 Lecture 4 K262 Specifics of distributed computing: basic concepts, methods for distributed data access, authentication and authorisation, information systems and resource discovery, Grids and Clouds OS
2015-11-25 17:00 Tutorial 4a H321 Usage of computing clusters: secure logging into remote systems, examples of usage of parallel calculations, assessment of speed-up (homework: described in slide 16) BK
2015-11-27 13:00 Tutorial 4b H321 Grid computing: obtain a personal certificate, formalise job description, submit job on Grid and obtain the results (homework) OS
2015-12-02 15:00 Lecture 5 K262 Programming in C++, next steps: control structures, functions, pointers, arrays, data structures (home exercises) OV
2015-12-02 17:00 Tutorial 5a H321 Exercises on implications of finite discrete representation of numbers, machine precision and accuracy OV
2015-12-03 17:00 Tutorial 5b H321 Usage of compound data types, choice of optimal strategies OV
2015-12-09 15:00 Lecture 6 K262 Object oriented programming in C++: classes, inheritance, polymorphism (home exercises). OV
2015-12-10 13:00 Tutorial 6a H321 Filestream, usage of standart containers OV
2015-12-11 13:00 Tutorial 6b H321 C++ classes; usage of Makefile OV
2015-12-16 15:00 Lecture 7 K262 Data analysis methods and frameworks: data storage formats, accessing necessary information, statistical analysis and representation of results OS
2015-12-17 13:00 Tutorial 7a H321 Simulation of a physics process using random number generators, recording data in a given format PC
2015-12-18 13:00 Tutorial 7b H321 Reading data files, running statistical analysis, assessing uncertainties PC
2016-01-12 10:00 Project presentations K262 20+10 min presentations by each group
    Group 1  10:00-10:30
    Group 2  10:30-11:00
    Group 6  11:00-11:30
    Group 5  11:30-12:00

     Lunch 12:00-13:00

    Group 3  13:00-13:30
    Group 8  13:30-14:00
    Group 9  14:00-14:30
    Group 10 14:30-15:00 


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