Department of Computer Science

CS1090 - Competitive Programming
Fall 2015

At least 12 students are needed for this course to be offered.
It is one credit and meets once a week for an hour on Tuesday evenings from 7-8pm.
It does not count as a technical elective, so you'll have to use it as a free elective.

For more information about the class and programming contests, go here.

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    Dr. David Poplawski
    Email: pop [AT] mtu [DOT] edu
    Phone: 487-2331
    Office: Rekhi 208
    Office Hours: tba


    There is no required textbook for this class.

    Some will find the book Programming Challenges: The Programming Contest Training Manual by Skiena and Revilla (Springer, ISBN 0-387-00163-8) useful.


    Your final grade in this class will be a subjective combination of class participation, contest participation and success, and contribution of problems and solutions for assignments created during the semester. Only the letter grades A, B, C and F will be assigned in this class.

    Since there is a wide range of student backgrounds in terms of CS courses taken and programming experience, I will be expecting more from students with many CS programming, data structure and algorithm courses than those with few.

    I expect a high level of motivation from students taking this class. Most of you should have no trouble getting an A if you are willing to put in a reasonable amount of work.

    Any student on a team that qualifies for the world finals of the ICPC will get an A in the class. Any student on a team that would have qualified except that they finished second to an MTU team that does qualify will get an A in the class.


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The week-by-week content and activities in class will evolve as the semester progresses. However, there are two important activities that occur outside of class time that you are expected to participate in.

  • Saturday, October 3 from 1-6pm : Practice contest (time tentative). More information pending.
  • Saturday, October 31 : ACM/ICPC Regional Contest at MTU. 11am-6pm.

Please send corrections to pop [AT] mtu [DOT] edu.