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Dartmouth College

C Programming: Language Foundations - 2

Dartmouth College and Institut Mines-Télécom via Coursera


In this course you will learn to use logical statements and arrays in C. Logical statements are used for decision-making with follow-up instructions, based on conditions you define. Arrays are used to store, keep track of, and organize larger amounts of data. You will furthermore implement some fundamental algorithms to search and sort data.

Why learn C? Not only is it one of the most stable and popular programming languages in the world, it's also used to power almost all electronic devices. The C programming language represents one of the building blocks of modern computer information technology.

Why learn C and not another programming language? Did you know that smartphones, your car’s navigation system, robots, drones, trains, and almost all electronic devices have some C-code running under the hood? C is used in any circumstance where speed and flexibility are important, such as in embedded systems or high-performance computing.

By the end of this course, you will have gained experience with programming concepts that are foundational to any programming language and be one step closer to a career in computer engineering.

Your job Outlook:
- Programmers, developers, engineers, managers, and related industries within scientific computing and data science;
- Embedded systems such as transportation, utility networks, and aerospace;
- Robotics industry and manufacturing;
- IoT (Internet of Things) used in smart homes, automation, and wearables.
- IEEE, the world’s largest technical professional organization for the advancement of technology, ranks C as third of the top programming languages of 2021 in demand by employers. (Source: IEEE Spectrum)

This course has received financial support from the Patrick & Lina Drahi Foundation.


  • Welcome
    • Let's start coding! Let's get ready to code and learn how to use the cutting edge tools that we have developed to facilitate your learning.
  • Week 1: Logic conditions and if-else statements
    • This week, you will utilize logical conditions (i.e. if-statements, if-else statements) and combine/negate several logical conditions using logic operations AND, OR, and NOT.
  • Week 2: Arrays, for and while loops
    • This week you will create, and utilize arrays of integers and floating point numbers. You will also be able to explain the syntax of a FOR and WHILE loop and create programs using them as nest branch statements.
  • Week 3: Strings, sort and search algorithms
    • This week, you will create arrays of characters (strings), use the null terminator, and manipulate strings to find their lengths. You will also be able to sort through arrays: alphabetizing strings, ordering numbers, finding specific numbers, etc.
  • Concluding the course

Taught by

Rémi Sharrock and Petra Bonfert-Taylor


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