6.S184 - Zombies drink caffeinated 6.001
The course description on the SIPB IAP
page sums this class up best:
Zombie-like, 6.001 rises from the dead to threaten students
again. Unlike a zombie, though, it's moving quite a bit faster than it
did the first time. Like the original, don't walk into the class
expecting that it will teach you Scheme; instead, it attempts to teach
thought patterns for computer science, and the structure and
interpretation of computer programs. Four problem sets will be assigned
Prerequisites: some programming experience; high confusion
Your tour guides for this adventure are: Alex Vandiver, Ben
Vandiver, Keegan McAllister, Mike Phillips, Zev Benjamin, Ben Barenblat,
and Russell McClellan. To contact them, you can email 6.001-zombies at
the obvious domain.
- Class meets TR7-9pm throughout IAP, in 32-044
- There will also be an optional lab session on the 9th in 32-083
- 6 units of P/D/F credit are available to the approximately first
30 students registered officially with the Registrar. Only the
problem sets are graded.
- For the most part, arbitrary numbers of students for credit are
acceptable. The limitation on "approximately 30 students" applies only
for our grading sanity; just show up to the first lecture if you're
interested, and we'll figure something out if we're totally
Slides presented in class will be included below. For each, we've noted
which SICP chapters and which Spring 2007 lectures we've drawn the
material from, in case you want to delve deeper, get a second opinion,
read ahead, etc. Please note that the book covers a lot of additional
material, and we are mostly tracking the old lectures, not the
Problem sets should be saved as plain text, and emailed to
6.S184-psets or 6.S184-psets-no-credit at the obvious domains.
- Problem Set 0: Basic scheme. Due by 7pm on Thursday, January 10th.
- Problem Set 1: Integration and differentiation. Due by 7pm on Tuesday, January 15th.
- Problem Set 2: Simplifier. Due by 7pm on Tuesday, January 22nd.
- Problem Set 3: Metacircular evaluator. Due by 7pm on Tuesday,
- Problem Set 4: OOP evaluator (The Adventure Game). Due by 11:59pm on Tuesday,
- Racket (previously DrScheme), the scheme evaluator we will be using
- Also available on Athena machines: add drracket; drracket
- For language selection, select "Use the language declared in the source." Hit the details button, and set the Output Style to 'write'. The Language menu will allow you to make these changes.
- Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, the textbook written for 6.001. A PDF version is also available.
- Lecture notes from 6.001, Spring 2007 might be useful for getting extra exposition on some topics as well, or to look ahead before the Caffeinated slides for those topics are posted.
- 6.001 online tutor, from the MIT iCampus XTutor project. This contains online problem sets you can do and get instant feedback (you will grow to love the "check" button as much as students of yore). We won't grade these — so ignore the due dates associated with them! — but some people may find it a useful way to do little exercises to check their understanding of the topics presented. It also contains online versions of the lectures, with synchronized audio and slides.
- The Revised5 Report on the Algorithmic Language Scheme:
- You can e-mail the course staff at: 6.001-zombies at the obvious
- Students are also welcome to join the staff on Zephyr, MIT's
messaging system. Subscribe to the class named "6.S184". If you're new
to Zephyr, we recommend the
Since this course is a heavily condensed version of 6.001, we owe
thanks to all who have ever taught or otherwise supported 6.001 over its
long run. While these people are too numerous to list here, there are
definitely some names we would be remiss to omit:
- Eric Grimson, who taught 6.001 a total of 27 times, and from whose
lecture slides and problem sets we have borrowed heavily.
- Gerry Sussman and Hal Abelson, the original architects of the course
and authors of the SICP text.
- Anne Hunter, Course 6's fairy godmother, for taking an interest and
helping make sure 6.S184 happened.
- SIPB, the Student Information
Processing Board, for additional sponsorship