MNXB01 / NAFY018
Introduction to programming and computing for scientists
Introduktion till programmering och datoranvändning för naturvetare

7.5 ECTS credits, 1st half of Fall Term

Introduction and first lecture for the HT 2021 term: 1 September 2021, at 15:00 via Zoom  (see details in Canvas).

The course is fully managed in Canvas, use it to access lecture notes and assignments

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

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Course elements and schedule

See Timeedit for the overall up-to-date schedule of classes; details of the course elements are shown below.

HT 2021 schedule
Date and time Type Place Topic Teacher
2021-09-01 15:00  Introduction and 
Lecture 1
Zoom  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
2021-09-02 15:00 Lecture 2 Zoom  Essentials of developing code in a collaborative environment: code repositories, software versioning, development frameworks, documentation OS
2021-09-03 15:00 Lecture 3 Zoom  Overview of commonly used programming languages: C, C++, Python, bash. Areas of applicability of these languages, benefits and drawbacks of each (see also examples) FP
2021-09-08 15:00 Tutorial 1 Zoom  Setting up the course work environment: installation and usage of the Linux desktop client for LUNARC FP
2021-09-09 15:00 Tutorial 2 Zoom  Working in Linux shell, essential command line tools, operating on files and directories, using advanced text editors BK
2021-09-10 15:00 Tutorial 3 Zoom  Practical examples of more complex programming: implementation of algorithms, work with data sets, usage of bash FP
2021-09-15 15:00 Lecture 4 Zoom  Specifics of distributed computing: basic concepts, methods for distributed data access, authentication and authorisation, information systems and resource discovery, Grids and Clouds BK
2021-09-16 15:00 Tutorial 4 Zoom  Usage of computing clusters: secure logging into remote systems, examples of usage of parallel calculations, assessment of speed-up(exercises) BK
2021-09-17 15:00 Tutorial 5 Zoom  Working with a Git repository: checking code out, committing changes, resolving conflicts, applying patches FP
2021-09-22 15:00 Tutorial 6 Zoom  First steps in programming: simple C++ programs, constants and variables, operators BK
2021-09-23 15:00 Tutorial 7 Zoom  First steps in programming: C++ functions, input/output, compilation and execution BK
2021-09-24 15:00 Lecture 5 Zoom  Programming in C++, next steps: control structures, functions, pointers, arrays, data structures EE
2021-09-29 15:00 Lecture 6 Zoom  Object oriented programming in C++: classes, inheritance, polymorphism EE
2021-09-30 15:00 Tutorial 8 Zoom  Exercises on implications of finite discrete representation of numbers, machine precision and accuracy EE
2021-10-01 15:00 Tutorial 9 Zoom  Usage of compound data types, choice of optimal strategies EE
2021-10-06 15:00 Tutorial 10 Zoom  Filestream, usage of standard containers EE
2021-10-07 15:00 Tutorial 11 Zoom  C++ classes EE
2021-10-08 15:00 Tutorial 12 Zoom  Usage of Makefile EE
2021-10-13 15:00 Lecture 7 Zoom  ROOT as a data storage framework: introduction and architecture overview, usage of ROOT to store and represent data EL
2021-10-14 15:00 Tutorial 13 Zoom  Simulation of a physics process using random number generators, recording data in a given format EL
2021-10-15 15:00 Tutorial 14 Zoom  Reading data files, plotting data and functions EL
2021-10-20 15:00 Lecture 8 Zoom  ROOT as a data analysis framework: ntuples, accessing information, statistical analysis EL
2021-10-21 15:00 Tutorial 15 Zoom  Running statistical analysis, assessing uncertainties EL
2021-10-22 15:00 Tutorial 16 Zoom  Advanced data analysis with ROOT EL
2021-10-28 15:00   Zoom  Project consultations  
2021-10-29 15:00   Zoom  Project consultations  



Course responsible: Oxana Smirnova, tel. 046-222 7699, Fysikum A418

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