A comparison of C, Matlab and Python as teaching languages in engineering
Fangohr, Hans (2004) A comparison of C, Matlab and Python as teaching languages in engineering. In, Bubak, Martin, van Albada, Geert Dick, Sloot, Peter M.A. and Dongarra, Jack J. (eds.) Computational Science - ICCS 2004: 4th International Conference. ICCS 2004: 4th International Conference , Springer, 1210-1217. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science 3039). (doi:10.1007/b98005).
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We describe and compare the programming languages C, MATLAB and Python as teaching languages for engineering students. We distinguish between two distinct phases in the process of converting a given problem into a computer program that can provide a solution: (i) finding an algorithmic solution and (ii) implementing this in a particular programming language. It is argued that it is most important for the understanding of the students to perform the first step whereas the actual implementation in a programming language is of secondary importance for the learning of problem-solving techniques. We therefore suggest to chose a well-structured teaching language that provides a clear and intuitive syntax and allows students to quickly express their algorithms. In our experience in engineering computing we find that MATLAB is much better suited than C for this task but the best choice in terms of clarity and functionality of the language is provided by Python.
|Item Type:||Book Section|
|Additional Information:||ISSN of series: 0302-9743|
|Subjects:||Q Science > Q Science (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
|Divisions:||University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Computational Engineering and Design
|Date Deposited:||30 Mar 2006|
|Last Modified:||27 Mar 2014 18:12|
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