The goals of the AP Computer Science A course are comparable to those in the introductory course for computer science majors in many college and university computer science departments.  It is not expected that all students in the AP Computer Science A course will major in computer science at the university level.  The AP Computer Science A course is intended to serve both as an introductory course as an introductory course for computer science majors and as a course for people who will major in other disciplines and want to be informed citizens in today’s technological society.

The following goals apply to the AP Computer Science A course.  Students should be able to:

·        design, implement, and analyze solution to problems.

·        use and implement commonly use algorithms.

·        use standard data structures.

·        develop and select appropriate algorithms and data structures to solve new problems.

·        write solutions fluently in an object-oriented paradigm.

·        write, run, test, and debug solutions in the Java programming language, utilizing stand Java library classes and interfaces from AP Java subset.

·        read and understand programs consisting of several classes and interacting objects.

·        read and understand a description of the design and development process leading to such a program.  (Examples of such solutions can be found in the AP Computer Science Labs.)

·        understand the ethical and social implications of computer use.

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