University of Pennsylvania

Introduction to Python Programming

This course is part of Introduction to Programming with Python and Java Specialization

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Brandon Krakowsky

Instructor: Brandon Krakowsky

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What you'll learn

  • Identify core aspects of programming and features of the Python language

  • Understand and apply core programming concepts like data structures, conditionals, loops, variables, and functions

  • Use different tools for writing and running Python code

  • Design and write fully-functional Python programs using commonly used data structures, custom functions, and reading and writing to files

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12 quizzes, 1 assignment

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There are 4 modules in this course

This first module covers an intro to programming and the Python language. We’ll start by downloading and installing the necessary tools to begin programming and writing code in Python. After learning how to print to the console, we’ll get an understanding of Python’s basic data types, and how to do simple math. We’ll follow up by creating our first Python script, and learn how to define and assign variables, while controlling the flow of our program using conditionals. We’ll also learn how to get input from the user, including some very basic error checking. Let’s get started!

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42 videos10 readings3 quizzes1 assignment2 programming assignments

We’ll start this module with a brief intro to lists, one of Python’s most commonly used data structures. We’ll learn just enough to get us started with loops, which are used to repeat a process or run a block of code multiple times. We’ll get into functions, which are blocks of organized code used to perform a single, related action. We’ll review some of Python’s built-in functions and learn how to design our own user-defined functions to use as building blocks in our own programs. Along the way, we’ll learn best practices for documenting our code for 2 different audiences: The users who are using our code and want to understand it at a high level, and the programmers who are reading it and want to know how it works.

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31 videos2 readings3 quizzes1 programming assignment

In this module, we’re going to start using PyCharm, another IDE for writing and running Python code. It has enhanced features that go way beyond the limited functionality of IDLE, and it’s also an industry standard. After revisiting lists, including more advanced usage of the commonly used sequence, we’ll take a deep dive into two other very important data structures : sets and tuples. We’ll learn how they can be leveraged to both store and manipulate information. And while we already have some experience working with strings, this module will explore the intricacies and more powerful functionality of strings.

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16 videos3 readings3 quizzes1 programming assignment

There are multiple ways of loading and storing data in Python. Information can be saved in dictionaries, a data structure that is extremely useful for storing multiple attributes (or data points) about a single thing. Data can also be stored in external files and then loaded into Python. This module will allow us to work with dictionaries in a variety of ways and to interact with the local file system by opening, reading from, and writing to, external files. With these added skills, you’ll begin to get a better sense of the dynamic power of Python and how it can be easily integrated with other systems.

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17 videos2 readings3 quizzes1 programming assignment

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Brandon Krakowsky
University of Pennsylvania
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