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Python and C++ (Online)



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You can do much more with the computer than playing games, and using office and commercial software! This course will teach you how to write small programs to solve some common engineering problems by yourself! After this course you will be able to...

Note, you can also choose to learn Matlab instead of Python. In that case, you will learn about many advanced features of MATLAB, including the symbolic tool box, built-in ODE solvers and structured data types.


Computations are omnipresent in complex engineering problems in solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, civil and process engineering. Many problems are resolved with the aid of computers and dedicated programs today. Therefore, it is important for an engineer to be familiar with computers and programming languages. In this course, you will learn how to translate problems into algorithms and how to implement the algorithm into a computer language. We will focus on implementation in two widely used programming languages: Python and C++.

No previous programming knowledge is required. We only expect a basic (high-school level) understanding of mathematical concepts, such as matrix/vector operations, differentiation and integration.

You will learn how to write, compile, and execute small programs in each language. We teach you how to write structured, reusable code (object-oriented programming) and how to visualize your results.  We further teach you how to better understand, analyze, optimise, and debug code.


The course runs from 5th-16th July 2021 and consists of daily lectures (Monday–Thursday at 8:45), as well as lots of practical exercises (after the lecture and in the afternoon). All teaching will be done online, via the Conferencing tools on Canvas.
Credits: 3 EC in total but since the languages are handled separately, you can do Python for 1.5 EC and/or C++ for 1.5 EC.

The course is divided into two sections:
Python in week 1, July 5-9 (1.5 EC)
C++ in week 2, July 12-16 (1.5 EC)

09:00 - 12:45 Lecture + Tutorial
13:45 - 17:30 Tutorial (open-ended, you do not have to stay the full time)

Fridays are reserved for a Canvas quiz and for working on a final assignment.
13:45 - 15:45 Exam


The course will be assessed by two Canvas quizzes and two final assignments, one each for Python and C++. Knowledge and understanding of the common commands is tested via the Canvas quiz, while the final assignments tests your understanding and ability to apply programming style and techniques. You are free to choose the topic of the final assignment, or you choose from a selection provided.

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