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About the Course

This two-part course builds upon the programming skills that you learned in our Introduction to Interactive Programming in Python course. We will augment those skills with both important programming practices and critical mathematical problem solving skills. These skills underlie larger scale computational problem solving and programming. The main focus of the class will be programming weekly mini-projects in Python that build upon the mathematical and programming principles that are taught in the class. To keep the class fun and engaging, many of the projects will involve working with strategy-based games. In part 1 of this course, the programming aspect of the class will focus on coding standards and testing. The mathematical portion of the class will focus on probability, combinatorics, and counting with an eye towards practical applications of these concepts in Computer Science. Recommended Background - Students should be comfortable writing small (100+ line) programs in Python using constructs such as lists, dictionaries and classes and also have a high-school math background that includes algebra and pre-calculus....

Top reviews


May 6, 2019

This course is very good for beginners and intermediate coders. Gives important basics about computer science from 3 very good professors.


May 15, 2018

very wellmade assignments! that goes a long way!

plotting seemed a bit superflous and not much learned.

Thank you professors!

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By Jason M

Apr 5, 2016

Amazing. Way better than my community college CS courses.

By Ravva S K

Jul 2, 2020

Extremely Satisfied with the Content of the COurse ....

By Rita I G

Sep 29, 2018

Funny, difficult and well structured, at the same time.

By Shivam C

Sep 1, 2020

Great professors great assignment Thank you very much

By Guanyu B

Aug 20, 2020

This course is super! Learned a lot from this course.

By Ashiti K

Sep 9, 2017

This specialization is helping me improve a lot.

By Milos P

Aug 5, 2018

Overall, another great course in the sequence!

By Matteo B

Jul 27, 2017

I love it, i'm going to start the second part.

By Yoon-guu

Mar 31, 2018

little bit difficult compare to last courses.

By Kyle Y

Dec 21, 2017

Fantastic course! Can't wait to start Part 2!

By hicham t

Nov 14, 2017

this course was rich ... great instructor....

By Justin P

Feb 22, 2017

I think this is better what I have expected.

By Rudy H

Feb 13, 2019

Great course, gets very tough but worth it.

By James B

Aug 7, 2018

Challenging, rewarding, well-designed.

By Hanqi Z

Jul 18, 2017

Another fascinating course by Rice.

By subhrosil m

Apr 5, 2019

Challenging, yet enjoyable course.

By Arnob B

Sep 25, 2016

Pretty hard course. But helpful.

By Michael S

May 25, 2017

Fantastic and informative.

By Sifang Z

Apr 6, 2020

Really like the projects.

By Albert C G

Dec 2, 2017

Great - how to in Python

By Ale D

May 27, 2017

Hard but great course!

By Sergey V

Jun 12, 2017

Nice and challenging!

By Atreyee D

Dec 21, 2017

Awesome assignments!

By Michael M

Oct 20, 2017

Another fun course!

By Ganapathi N K

Nov 11, 2017

Really challenging