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Introduction to Python

Every programmer needs to know Python, including those looking to work in rapidly-growing fields such as machine learning and A.I. During this course, you’ll learn the fundamentals you need to take the next step in your career.
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Introduction to Python

In this course, you’ll learn to represent and store data using Python data types and variables, and use conditionals and loops to control the flow of your programs. You’ll harness the power of complex data structures like lists, sets, dictionaries and tuples to store collections of related data. You’ll define and document your own custom functions, write scripts and handle errors. You will also learn to use two powerful Python libraries — Numpy, a scientific computing package, and Pandas, a data manipulation package.

In this course, you’ll learn to represent and store data using Python data types and variables, and use conditionals and loops to control the flow of your programs. You’ll define and document your own custom functions, write scripts and handle errors, and learn to use two powerful Python libraries — Numpy, a scientific computing package, and Pandas, a data manipulation package.

Prerequisite Knowledge

No Experience Required.

  • Why Python Programming

    Gain an overview of what you’ll be learning and doing in the course and understand why you should learn programming with Python.

  • Data Types and Operators

    Learn to represent data using Python’s data types: integers, floats, booleans, strings, lists, tuples, sets, dictionaries, compound data structure. Perform computations and create logical statements using Python’s operators: Arithmetic, Assignment, Comparison, Logical, Membership, Identity. You'll also declare, assign, and reassign values using Python variables, modify values using built-in functions and methods, and practice whitespace and style guidelines.

  • Control Flow

    Write conditional expressions using if statements and boolean expressions to add decision making to your Python programs, and learn how to use for and while loops along with useful built-in functions to iterate over and manipulate lists, sets and dictionaries. Condense for loops to create lists efficiently with list comprehensions, and use skip iterations in loops using break and continue.

  • Functions

    Learn to define your own custom functions, create and reference variables using the appropriate scope, and add documentation to functions using docstrings. You'll also define lambda expressions to quickly create anonymous functions and use iterators and generators to create streams of data.

  • Scripting

    Learn to install Python 3 and set up your programming environment, and begin running and editing python scripts. You'll also identify and handle errors and exceptions in your code, open, read and write to files, and find and use modules in Python Standard Library and third-party libraries.

  • Numpy

    Create, access, modify, and sort multidimensional NumPy arrays (ndarrays), and use slicing, boolean indexing, and set operations to select or change subsets of an ndarray. Understand the difference between a view and a copy of ndarray, perform element-wise operations on ndarrays, and use broadcasting to perform operations on ndarrays of different sizes.

  • Pandas

    Learn to create, access and modify the main objects in Pandas, Series and DataFrames, perform arithmetic operations on Series and DataFrames, load data into a DataFrame, and deal with Not a Number (NaN) values.

  • Course Project: Explore US Bikeshare Data

    You will use Python to answer interesting questions about bikeshare trip data collected from three US cities. You will write code to collect the data, compute descriptive statistics and create an interactive experience in the terminal that presents the answers to your questions.

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  • Do I need to apply? What are the admission criteria?
    No. This Course accepts all applicants regardless of experience and specific background.
  • What are the prerequisites for enrollment?
    No prior experience is required, but it is recommended that students are comfortable with basic computer skills, such as managing files, using third-party online programs, and navigating the Internet through an online browser.
  • How is this course structured?
    The Introduction to Python course is comprised of content and curriculum to support one project. We estimate that students can complete the program in 35 hours.

    The project will be reviewed by the Udacity reviewer network and platform. Feedback will be provided and if you do not pass the project, you will be asked to resubmit the project until it passes.
  • How long is this course?
    Access to this course runs for the length of time specified in the payment card above. If you do not graduate within that time period, you will continue learning with month to month payments. See the Terms of Use and FAQs for other policies regarding the terms of access to our programs.
  • Can I switch my start date? Can I get a refund?
    Please see the Udacity Program Terms of Use and FAQs for policies on enrollment in our programs.
  • What software and versions will I need for this program?
    For this program, you will need a desktop or laptop computer running recent versions of Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux, and an unmetered broadband Internet connection. There are no additional hardware or software requirements for this program, other than those outlined on Udacity's general Technology Requirements page.

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