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Programming with Python

What’s Python?

Python is an easy-to-learn, but real-world programming language. It is used by engineers around the world, and is one computer language you’ll learn when you get to college.

What’s Good about Python?

Python is a good way for programming larger applications, including solving your homework problems! For instance, if you raise 2 to the 100th power, \(2^{100}\), on your calculator, you will get an approximation in exponential notation, like 1.267650600E30 (the calculator’s way of saying \(1.267650600\times 10^{30}\)).

But what happened to the rest of the numbers? If I put that problem in Python (typing: 2 ** 100), I get all the numbers:


How to Learn Python?

Use a web browser (like Safari, Firefox or Chrome) and follow the lectures and exercises at CodeAcademy at: http://www.codecademy.com/skills/python

How to Use Python at Home?

Once you’ve learned Python, go to: http://www.python.org and download Python 3.4.2 for your computer system.

Next go to: https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/ And download PyCharm, a way to write and run Python programs.