Python 3 for Beginners
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Python 3 for Beginners is a comprehensive course designed to teach the fundamentals of Python 3. The course is written for beginners and does not require any prior experience with any programming languages - and if you already know a programming language, you will be able to become proficient in the fundamentals of this language very quickly.
The course begins with the key concepts of programming in Python - identifiers and basic operators. It then jumps to decision making and looping - two key concepts needed for developing powerful real world programs.
From there, you will begin an exploration of the more advanced concepts of Python - tuples, lists, dictionaries, data sets and strings. That is followed by an exploration of working with files (necessary for reading and storing data sets), functions and code reuse. Finally everything is put together with an exploration of modules, object oriented programming (OOP) and gracefully dealing with error situations.
Also, the course is filled with many small examples to illustrate key teachings as well as several programming assignments to help you master the language.
When you complete this detailed Python 3 course, you will have all the tools you need to begin writing useful real world programs and have the core knowledge needed to expand your exploration of Python in whatever direction you desire - whether it be web programming, game development, business and finance applications or even sophisticated science programming running on super computers.
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|Section 1: Getting Started|
Why Learn Python?Preview
|Quiz 1||1 question|
Here is a simple program in Python 3... similar to the one in the lesson. Can you figure out the correct answer?
Installing Python 3Preview
The Python Development EnvironmentPreview
Your First Python Program
|Section 2: Python 3 Identifiers|
|Quiz 2||2 questions|
A quick quiz testing your knowledge of legal identifiers in Python
Lines and Indentations
Commenting Your Program
Python Data Types
|Section 3: Python Operators|
Introduction to Operators
Order of Operators
|Quiz 3||6 questions|
Take this series of test questions to see how well you understand the basic operators used in Python. These questions will test on all the operator types taught in this section.
|Section 4: Conditional Operators|
Overview of Conditionals
The If Statement
The If... Else Statement
The If... Elif... Else Statement
Nested If Statements
The (Pseudo) Switch Statement
Let's reinforce what you just learned about conditionals by writing a simple program that will test and reinforce your knowledge.
|Section 5: Working With Loops|
Introduction to Loops
Working with While LoopsPreview
Working with For Loops
Using the Else Statement in Loops
Loop Control Statements
Let's take what you learned about loops and write a simple nested loop program to help you reinforce the materials described in this section.
|Section 6: Creating Your First Complex Program|
You've learned quite a bit and it is time to reinforce all the things you learned by creating a program using all the elements covered thus far. This set of two lectures will present a programming challenge - creating a restaurant tip and bill calculator - and a code walkthrough that you can examine after you have created your own version of the program.
Program Solution Walkthrough
|Section 7: Working with Tuples and Lists|
|Quiz 4||8 questions|
Test your comprehension of Python 3 tuples in lists with this short quiz series.
Create a program using tuples and lists
|Section 8: Working with Dictionaries and Sets|
Test your knowledge of dictionaries and sets
|Section 9: Creating Your Second Complex Program|
Description of Your Second Program
Solution to Your Second Program
|Section 10: Working with Strings|
String Use and Functions
How to Format String Output
|Section 11: Working with Files|
File Syntax and Use
|Section 12: Create Your Third Complex Program|
Description of Your Third Program
Solution to Your Third Program
|Section 13: Working with Functions|
Defining and Using Functions
A Quick Functions Programming Exercise
|Section 14: Modules|
A Quick Modules Programming Exercise
|Section 15: Object Oriented Programming (OOP)|
Subclasses, Inheritance and Polymorphism
|Section 16: Handling Errors|
Runtime Error Handling
|Section 17: Resources|
Downloadable copy of PowerPoint slides
Downloadable copy of program examples
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