Programming for Everybody (Getting Started with Python)

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About this course: This course aims to teach everyone the basics of programming computers using Python. We cover the basics of how one constructs a program from a series of simple instructions in Python. The course has no pre-requisites and avoids all but the simplest mathematics. Anyone with moderate computer experience should be able to master the materials in this course. This course will cover Chapters 1-5 of the textbook “Python for Everybody”. Once a student completes this course, they will be ready to take more advanced programming courses. This course covers Python 3.

Created by:  University of Michigan
  • Taught by:  Charles Severance, Associate Professor

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About this course: This course aims to teach everyone the basics of programming computers using Python. We cover the basics of how one constructs a program from a series of simple instructions in Python. The course has no pre-requisites and avoids all but the simplest mathematics. Anyone with moderate computer experience should be able to master the materials in this course. This course will cover Chapters 1-5 of the textbook “Python for Everybody”. Once a student completes this course, they will be ready to take more advanced programming courses. This course covers Python 3.

Created by:  University of Michigan
  • Taught by:  Charles Severance, Associate Professor

    School of Information
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Syllabus


WEEK 1


Chapter One - Why we Program?



These are the course-wide materials as well as the first part of Chapter One where we explore what it means to write programs. We finish Chapter One and have the quiz and first assignment in the third week of the class. Throughout the course you may want to come back and look at these materials. This section should not take you an entire week.


6 videos, 5 readings expand


  1. Video: Video: Welcome to Class - Dr. Chuck
  2. Lecture: Reading: Welcome to The Class
  3. Video: Video: Welcome to Python - Guido van Rossum
  4. Lecture: Welcome to Python 3
  5. Lecture: Textbook: Python for Everybody: Exploring Data in Python 3
  6. Lecture: Submitting Assignments
  7. Video: 1.1 - Why Program
  8. Video: 1.2 - Hardware Overview
  9. Video: 1.3 - Python as a Language
  10. Lecture: Audio Versions of All Lectures
  11. Video: Fun: The Textbook Authors Meet @PyCon2015


WEEK 2


Installing and Using Python
In this module you will set things up so you can write Python programs. Not all activities in this module are required for this class so please read the "Using Python in this Class" material for details.


6 videos, 2 readings expand


  1. Lecture: Important Reading: Using Python in this Class
  2. Lecture: Notes on Choice of Text Editor
  3. Video: Demonstration: Using the Python Playground
  4. élément LTI: Python Code Playground
  5. Video: Windows 10: Installing Python and Writing A Program
  6. Video: Windows: Taking Screen Shots
  7. Video: Macintosh: Using Python and Writing A Program
  8. Video: Macintosh: Taking Screen Shots
  9. Examen par les pairs: Optional- Installing Python Screen Shots
  10. Video: Bonus: Eben Upton and the RaspBerry Pi


WEEK 3


Chapter One: Why We Program (continued)



In the first chapter we try to cover the "big picture" of programming so you get a "table of contents" of the rest of the book. Don't worry if not everything makes perfect sense the first time you hear it. This chapter is quite broad and you would benefit from reading the chapter in the book in addition to watching the lectures to help it all sink in. You might want to come back and re-watch these lectures after you have funished a few more chapters.


4 videos expand


  1. Video: 1.4 - Writing Paragraphs of Code
  2. Video: Demonstration: Doing the "Hello World" Assignment
  3. Video: Interview: Daphne Koller - Building Coursera
  4. Video: Face-to-Face Office Hours: Milan, Italy

Graded: Chapter 1
Graded: Assignment: Write Hello World

WEEK 4


Chapter Two: Variables and Expressions
In this chapter we cover how a program uses the computer's memory to store, retrieve and calculate information.


6 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Video: 2.1 - Expressions
  2. Video: 2.2 - Expressions Part 2
  3. Video: 2.3 - Expressions - Part 3
  4. Lecture: Where is the worked exercise for Assignment 2.2?
  5. Video: Worked Exercise: 2.3
  6. Video: Interview: Pooja Sankar - Building Piazza
  7. Video: Office Hours: Mountain View, CA

Graded: Chapter 2
Graded: Assignment 2.2
Graded: Assignment 2.3

WEEK 5


Chapter Three: Conditional Code
In this section we move from sequential code that simply runs one line of code after another to conditional code where some steps are skipped. It is a very simple concept - but it is how computer software makes "choices".


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  1. Video: 3.1 Conditional Statements
  2. Video: 3.2 Conditional Statements
  3. Video: Worked Exercise: 3.2
  4. Video: Interview: Massimo Banzi: The Arduino
  5. Video: Office Hours: Seoul Korea

Graded: Chapter 3
Graded: Assignment 3.1
Graded: Assignment 3.3

WEEK 6


Chapter Four: Functions



This is a relatively short chapter. We will learn about what functions are and how we can use them. The programs in the first chapters of the book are not large enough to require us to develop functions, but as the book moves into more and more complex programs, functions will be an essential way for us to make sense of our code.


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  1. Video: 4.1 - Using Functions
  2. Video: 4.2 - Building Functions
  3. Video: Interview: Guido van Rossum: The Early Years of Python
  4. Video: Office Hours: Manila Philippines

Graded: Chapter 4
Graded: Assignment 4.6

WEEK 7


Chapter Five: Loops and Iteration
Loops and iteration complete our four basic programming patterns. Loops are the way we tell Python to do something over and over. Loops are the way we build programs that stay with a problem until the problem is solved.


7 videos, 1 reading expand


  1. Video: 5.1 - Loops and Iteration
  2. Video: 5.2 - Definite Loops
  3. Video: 5.3 - Finding the Largest Value
  4. Video: 5.4 - Loop Idioms
  5. Video: Worked Exercise: 5.1
  6. Video: Interview: Guido van Rossum - The Modern Era of Python
  7. Video: Office Hours: Paris, France
  8. Lecture: Please Rate this Course on Class-Central

Graded: Chapter 5
Graded: Assignment 5.2
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