6.001 Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs

Spring 2005

Cover of the textbook, Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs.

Adapted from the cover of the textbook, Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, 2nd ed., by Abelson, Sussman, and Sussman. (Image courtesy of MIT Press. Used with permission.)

Course Highlights

This course features projects and supporting documentation. This course has virtually all of its course materials online. 6.001 is the first course in the core of departmental subjects which is required for all undergraduates in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. It offers an online version of the textbook for the course, Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, 2nd ed., by Abelson, Sussman, and Sussman.

Course Description

This course introduces students to the principles of computation. Upon completion of 6.001, students should be able to explain and apply the basic methods from programming languages to analyze computational systems, and to generate computational solutions to abstract problems. Substantial weekly programming assignments are an integral part of the course. This course is worth 4 Engineering Design Points.

Technical Requirements

Scheme software is required to run the .scm files found on this course site. File decompression software, such as Winzip® or StuffIt®, is required to open the .gz files found on this course site. The .exe files found on this course site are executable programs. Please refer to the course materials for any specific instructions or recommendations.

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Staff

Instructors:
Prof. Eric Grimson
Prof. Trevor Darrell
Prof. Peter Szolovits

Course Meeting Times

Lectures:
Two sessions / week
1 hour / session

Recitations:
Two sessions / week
1 hour / session

Tutorials:
One session / week
1 hour / session

Level

Undergraduate

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