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Problem Solving through Programming in C

This course is aimed at enabling the students to
·  formulate simple algorithms for arithmetic and logical problems
·  translate the algorithms to programs (in C language)
·  test and execute the programs and  correct syntax and logical errors
·  implement conditional branching, iteration and recursion
·  decompose a problem into functions and synthesize a complete program using divide and conquer approach
·  use arrays, pointers and structures to formulate algorithms and programs
·  apply programming to solve matrix addition and multiplication problems and searching and sorting problems 
apply programming to solve simple numerical method problems, namely rot finding of function, differentiation of function and simple integration.

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Anupam Basu is Professor in the Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering, IIT Kharagpur, and has been an active researcher in the areas of Cognitive and Intelligent Systems, Embedded Systems and Language Processing, Presently he is acting as the Chairman and Head of the Center for Educational Technology, IIT Kharagpur. He has developed several embedded system based tools empowering the physically challenged and has led several national projects in the area.

He has taught at the University of California, Irvine at the Center for Embedded Systems. He is an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and a Fellow of the Indian National Academy of Engineering. The awards won by him include the State Award for the Best Contribution to the Cause of Empowerment of the Disabled (2014), Universal Design Award 2011, for contributions in design for the disabled, by National Council for Promotion of Employment of Disabled Persons, India, the National Award for the Best Technology Innovation for the Physically Disabled (2007) and the Da-Vinci Award 2004 from the Engineering Society of Detroit. 


Week 1: Introduction to Problem Solving through programs, Flowcharts/Pseudo codes,
              The compilation process, Syntax and Semantic errors, Variables and Data Types

Week 2: Arithmetic expressions, Relational Operations, Logical expressions; Introduction to Conditional Branching
Week 3: Conditional Branching and Iterative Loops

Week 4: Arranging things : Arrays

Week 5: 2-D arrays, Character Arrays and Strings 

Week 6: Basic Algorithms including Numerical Algorithms

Week 7: Functions and Parameter Passing by Value

Week 8:Passing Arrays to Functions, Call by Reference

Week 9:Recursion

Week 10: Structures and Pointers

Week 11:Self-Referential Structures and Introduction to Lists

Week 12: Advanced Topics


1. Byron Gottfried, Schaum's Outline of Programming with C, McGraw-Hill
2.  E. Balaguruswamy, Programming in ANSI C, Tata McGraw-Hill
Reference Books:
1. Brian W. Kernighan and Dennis M. Ritchie, The C Programming Language, Prentice Hall of India

  • The exam is optional for a fee.
  • Date of Exams : October 28 (Sunday)
  • Time of Exams : Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm
  • Exam for this course will be available in both morning & afternoon sessions.
  • Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
  • The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.

  • Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
  • 25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of  Best 8 out of 12 assignments
  • E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 40% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur.It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.