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Unclear. MIT's introductory CS course used to be taught in Scheme, which in many ways was a grand leveler because people who knew how to program imperative languages had to un-learn many things first. It was still considered quite a hard class.

In the new world order, we have 6.00, which is a "learn how to program" class which is not required for computer science majors (and which many non-6 majors take), and 6.01/6.02, which is the introductory sequence that everyone is required to take. The programming segments of these classes are still relatively trivial for someone with a reasonable amount of programming experience. (But I’ll also note the cover a very broad range of topics, and you’re bound to not know some of the other topics, e.g. EE)

The University of Minnesota's introductory computer science course for majors is still a Scheme course based on the SICP book.


Yeah the MIT approach seems oriented towards fundamentals that will be useful in both EE and Computer Science.

To me, the beginning of 6.01 looks like a thorough review of most of the standard programming concepts using Python. I get the sense of "hey here's this tool, we're going to learn to use it. Try and keep up." Once Python and programming are covered, a whole bunch of programming-related engineering concepts are introduced. 6.02 looks to be primarily about networks and signaling and programming seems to be secondary.

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