This course is an introduction to computational science, an interdisciplinary method of scientific inquiry. Students will develop a working knowledge of Java, the most important new computer language to arise in the last decade. Students will also gain experience with the fundamental ideas of calculus and its application in science and engineering. The emphasis of the course is scientific programming, and not simply learning Java. The Java language is used as a tool in building mathematical models that are of interest to scientists and engineers.
Each student will receive evaluative grade scores on the basis of the completion of the assigned programs, the completion and quality of a few writing assignments, the completion of an experimental design project (group activity), and the completion of a final modeling project that includes an online presentation (group project).
**Please Note: This course may not be appropriate for students with specific accessibility limitations as written. Please refer to the VHS Handbook policy on Special Education/Equity for more information on possible modifications. If you need additional assistance, please let us know at service.goVHS.org.
Two years of algebra, one year of geometry, one year of a laboratory science.
This course is designed as a first course in programming for science and engineering. This course is not intended for students who have completed the course “Computer Science Honors” or an Advanced Placement course in computer science.
1. Learn how to apply mathematical modeling techniques to solve scientific and engineering problems.
2. Develop a working knowledge of Java, including object-oriented programming and user interface design.
3. Gain experience with the application of calculus.
4. Develop project-construction skills.
Please refer these requirements to your school's technology staff prior to registering for the course. Schools must install and allow student access to the resources listed here, in order for a student to participate in the course.
Please see software manufacturers' websites for further information and system requirements.
In addition to VHS system requirements:
Software used: latest versions of the Java Development Kit (JDK) using Standard Edition (SE) and the Netbeans Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
Specific URLs accessed: multiple addresses at domains “oracle.com,” “netbeans.com,” “greenteapress.com”
Computer Science and Technology, Engineering
10, 11, 12, 13
Media Kit Shipped:
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MA NCES Code:
Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools, AdvancED