Readings

Day 1

For the first class, read all of Chapter 1 and Chapter 2.

Day 2

3.2-3.3 Types
4.2-4.3 Boolean expressions & logical operators
4.4-4.7 Conditionals
4.12 Keyboard input

Day 3

7.1-7.2 lists
7.4-7.6 String slices, comparisons, immutability
8.1-8.3 Lists
8.4, 8.6-8.9 List membership, operations, slices, mutability, deletion
8.11-8.12 Aliasing & cloning lists
8.14-8.15 Nested lists
9.1-9.2 Tuples

Day 4

6.2 The while statement
7.3 Traversal and the for loop

Day 5

1.3 What is debugging?
Appendix A Debugging

Day 6

10 intro - 10.3 Dictionaries
9.1-9-3 Tuple
3.6-3.11 Functions
4.9, 5.1 return

Day 7

Review Appendix A - debugging
11 intro, 11.1, 11.3-11.4 File input/output

Day 8

3.4 Math functions
9.4 Random numbers
9.5 List of random numbers

Day 9

12, 13 Object Oriented Programming

Day 10

Chapters 14 - 16 - Object Oriented Programming and Inheritance

Day 11

Review 12-16 - OOP
4.9-4.10, 5.5, 17.4 - Recursion

Homework and projects

Checkoff 1, due Mon Jan 12 at 5 p.m.

Install Python and the matplotlib and numpy libraries by following the Getting started guide. Next, check that your installation works by running pkgtest.py. Running the file produces should produce a graph.

For your checkoff, you will run this file for an LA and demonstrate how to create a new Python file. Our goal is to make sure everyone is ready to get coding and understands office hours procedures.

Thanks to 6.0001 for letting us use the installation guide and test file.

Checkoff 2, due Wed Jan 14 at 5 p.m. ***updated 1/13 @ 10:18AM**

Checkoff 3, due Fri Jan 16 at 5 p.m.

Checkoff 4, due Tue Jan 20 at 5 p.m. **updated 1/19 @ 5:17PM**

Checkoff 5 has been updated. If you already started on the old 5.2 and 5.3 (math and random), don't worry! They'll be on Checkoff 6. Sorry for the confusion! This change makes the checkoff closer to what we covered in lecture, and cuts the amount of code you have to write by 60%.

Checkoff 5, due Thu Jan 22 at 5 p.m.

Project 1, due Fri Jan 23 at 5 p.m.

Checkoff 6, due Mon Jan 26 at 5 p.m.

Project 2, due Fri Jan 30 at 5 p.m.

Checkoff 7, due Wed Jan 28 at 5 p.m.

Lecture materials and code

Syllabus

Review the syllabus (PDF) before the first day of class.

Day 1

The lecture notes cover some FAQs and organizational concerns, as well as variables, mathematical operations, and a high-level overview of where we're going with the class.

Day 2

The lecture 2 notes discuss control flow. See lec02.py for an example of if, elif, and else statements used in conjunction with user input.

Day 3

The lecture 3 notes cover string methods and introduce a new type, lists. We learn about mutability, and how it can cause unexpected results in our programs.

Day 4

lecture 4 notes: lec04.py

If you think the pace of class is too slow, work on one of the boredom busters when we're discussing a topic you understand.

Day 5

Here are lecture notes. The following are pieces of example code we may or may not have gotten to in class that day: style, basic functions, common mistakes, an example to debug, and an example using pdb

Day 6

lecture notes

scope.py

file_io.py and an example text file to read: test_file.txt

Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

attribute_vs_subclass.py Note: minor changes may have been made to this file for lecture

shapes.py