AP Computer Science A
Prerequisite Recommendation: Successful completion of Algebra 1 and Computer Science I, II, or III. It is strongly recommended that students should be able to work with and be able to manipulate mathematical functions comfortably and accurately in order to be able to write the appropriate solutions to the given problems. This course is equivalent to a first-semester, college-level course in computer science. The course introduces students to computer science with fundamental topics that include problem-solving, design strategies and methodologies, the organization of data (data structures), approaches to processing data (algorithms), analysis of potential solutions and the ethical and social implications of computers. The course emphasizes both object-oriented and imperative problem-solving and design using Java language. These techniques represent proven approaches for developing solutions that can scale up from small, simple problems to large, complex problems. This course curriculum is compatible with many CS1 courses in colleges and universities.