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Subtitles: English, German, Chinese (Simplified)...

What you will learn

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    Describe the basics of the Python programming language

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    Install Python and write your first program

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    Use variables to store, retrieve and calculate information

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    Utilize core programming tools such as functions and loops

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Python Syntax And SemanticsBasic Programming LanguageComputer ProgrammingPython Programming
Specialization
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100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
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Hours to complete

Approx. 10 hours to complete

Suggested: 2-4 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, German, Chinese (Simplified)...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

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. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 38 min), 6 readings
Video6 videos
Video: Welcome to Python - Guido van Rossum1m
1.1 - Why Program11m
1.2 - Hardware Overview11m
1.3 - Python as a Language7m
Fun: The Textbook Authors Meet @PyCon20153m
Reading6 readings
Reading: Welcome to The Class10m
Help Us Learn More About You!10m
Welcome to Python 310m
Textbook: Python for Everybody: Exploring Data in Python 310m
Submitting Assignments10m
Audio Versions of All Lectures10m
Week
2
Hours to complete
4 hours to complete

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....
Reading
6 videos (Total 33 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
Windows 10: Installing Python and Writing A Program8m
Windows: Taking Screen Shots2m
Macintosh: Using Python and Writing A Program4m
Macintosh: Taking Screen Shots4m
Bonus: Eben Upton and the RaspBerry Pi9m
Reading3 readings
Important Reading: Using Python in this Class10m
Notes on Choice of Text Editor10m
Notice for Auditing Learners: Assignment Submission10m
Week
3
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

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....
Reading
4 videos (Total 37 min), 2 quizzes
Video4 videos
Demonstration: Doing the "Hello World" Assignment5m
Interview: Daphne Koller - Building Coursera11m
Face-to-Face Office Hours: Milan, Italy3m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Chapter 120m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Chapter Two: Variables and Expressions

In this chapter we cover how a program uses the computer's memory to store, retrieve and calculate information....
Reading
6 videos (Total 56 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
2.2 - Expressions Part 220m
2.3 - Expressions - Part 37m
Worked Exercise: 2.37m
Interview: Pooja Sankar - Building Piazza6m
Office Hours: Mountain View, CAm
Reading1 reading
Where is the worked exercise for Assignment 2.2?10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Chapter 220m
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By AWNov 20th 2015

Easy to follow and not boring. The instructor breaks things down in simple form. The Coursera platform is sometimes a bit quirky but otherwise the content in this course I thought was quite excellent.

By DJNov 5th 2018

I loved it! Dr. Chuck is extraordinary in his explanations. A great way to start on Python programming. As a person that hasn't programmed in years it was an encouraging and educational experience :-)

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Charles Severance

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About University of Michigan

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future....

About the Python for Everybody Specialization

This Specialization builds on the success of the Python for Everybody course and will introduce fundamental programming concepts including data structures, networked application program interfaces, and databases, using the Python programming language. In the Capstone Project, you’ll use the technologies learned throughout the Specialization to design and create your own applications for data retrieval, processing, and visualization....
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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. Your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

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