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Introduction to C++

As taught in: January IAP 2009

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MIT students might be athletic or nerdy, and can be found sleeping, socializing, studying, or playing sports (among other activities). See the Lecture 10 case study for more details. (Figure by MIT OpenCourseWare; cartoon characters (Open.Michigan dScribes) courtesy of Ryan Junell.)


Jesse Dunietz

Radhika Malik

Tanmay Kumar

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Undergraduate / Graduate

Course Features

Course Description

This course is designed for undergraduate and graduate students in science, social science and engineering programs who need to learn fundamental programming skills quickly but not in great depth. The course is ideal for undergraduate research positions or summer jobs requiring C++. It is not a class for experienced programmers in C++. Students with no programming background are welcome. Topics include control structures, arrays, functions, classes, objects, file handling, and simple algorithms for common tasks.

This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.