First, class business... I went poking around the website, and I found a suggested schedule for the problem sets. They actually correspond to the lectures, imagine that! Anyway, armed with this new info, I've made some tweaks to the problem set schedule.
I also discovered that there are three quizzes associated with this course. So I'm putting the question to you all - do you want to do them?
I would like to include the quizzes in the course.
Yeah, sure, extra practice is good.
No way, I've got enough on my hands with the problem sets.
If you would like to do the quizzes, how should we incorporate them?
Add them on top of the lecture and reading in the week where they fit in the sylabus.
Push the lectures back a week to make time for the quiz
Some other idea which I'll tell you about in the comments
Okay, that's out of the way, on to the readings.
I gotta say, this week kicked my ass, and these readings were right there with work and family issues, putting their prints on my bum. The wikibook chapters in particular just are not working for me. Is anyone else having that issue? My notes on those chapters are scattered with big red question marks and underlines with "What does this mean??" written off to the side. Part of this, I think, is that I really don't do numbers. I had to go look up the definition of a prime for the problem set...
Anyway, I've got some questions to toss out for discussion.
1- From the Data Structures reading, what are stacks and queues and why do we care about them? The reading just goes, 'This makes it easy to use lists in stacks and queues, whee!' (Or at least, that was my impression...)
2- From the same reading, why is it useful to be able to unpack a tuple?
Anyone else have questions for the class? This set of readings certainly provides fertile ground for questions. All of section 5.8 of the Data Structures had me going, "Bzuh?" And I just gave up on the wikibook...
Knocked it out of the park.
There's still another at bat to go!
I thought problem set one...
Was easy peasy
Was a pain, but achievable
Was way too hard... when did we learn how to do this stuff, again?
Now, aranthe has generously posted answers to some of the exercises in the readings. Anyone want to volunteer to do that for PS1?