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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

Skills you will gain

Python Syntax And SemanticsBasic Programming LanguageComputer ProgrammingPython Programming

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Subtitles: Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Korean, German, English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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.

7 videos (Total 42 min), 6 readings
7 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
Face to Face Office Hours - Bengaluru, India2m
6 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
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.

6 videos (Total 33 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
6 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
3 readings
Important Reading: Using Python in this Class10m
Notes on Choice of Text Editor10m
Notice for Auditing Learners: Assignment Submission10m
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.

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

6 videos (Total 56 min), 1 reading, 3 quizzes
6 videos
2.2 - Expressions Part 220m
2.3 - Expressions - Part 37m
Worked Exercise: 2.37m
Interview: Pooja Sankar - Building Piazza6m
Office Hours: Mountain View, CA52s
1 reading
Where is the worked exercise for Assignment 2.2?10m
1 practice exercise
Chapter 220m
3 hours to complete

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".

5 videos (Total 57 min), 3 quizzes
5 videos
3.2 More Conditional Statements17m
Worked Exercise: 3.29m
Interview: Massimo Banzi: The Arduino11m
Office Hours: Seoul Korea4m
1 practice exercise
Chapter 320m
2 hours to complete

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.

4 videos (Total 35 min), 2 quizzes
4 videos
4.2 - Building Functions12m
Interview: Guido van Rossum: The Early Years of Python11m
Office Hours: Manila Philippines1m
1 practice exercise
Chapter 420m
3 hours to complete

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.

8 videos (Total 67 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
5.2 - Definite Loops6m
5.3 - Finding the Largest Value8m
5.4 - Loop Idioms18m
Worked Exercise: 5.18m
What's Next - Dr.Chuck2m
Interview: Guido van Rossum - The Modern Era of Python12m
Office Hours: Paris, France52s
2 readings
Please Rate this Course on Class-Central10m
Post-Course Survey10m
1 practice exercise
Chapter 520m
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first time i had done any course online and this was a wonderful experience\n\nI learned all the stuff and the explanation provided was good.\n\ni would like to do more courses from here\n\nthank you!

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excellent for beginners, very well described, great understanding grasped and its simple, very simple, but thats what makes it 5 star, is that its for anyone or as the title says pythong for Everybody



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