About this Course

Get started writing Python with this introductory course.

Course Cost
Free
Timeline
Approx. 5 weeks
Skill Level
Beginner
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Introduction to Python

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Course Leads

  • Charlotte Turner
    Charlotte Turner

    Instructor

  • Philip Mallory
    Philip Mallory

    Instructor

What You Will Learn

Lesson 1

Numbers and Strings

  • Learn about Python's numeric and string data types
  • Use variables to store data
  • Use built-in functions and methods
Lesson 1

Numbers and Strings

  • Learn about Python's numeric and string data types
  • Use variables to store data
  • Use built-in functions and methods
Lesson 2

Functions, Installation, and Conditionals

  • Install Python on your computer
  • Organize your code into functions
  • Use conditionals to make decisions
Lesson 2

Functions, Installation, and Conditionals

  • Install Python on your computer
  • Organize your code into functions
  • Use conditionals to make decisions
Lesson 3

Data Structures and Loops

  • Use collection data types: lists, sets, and dictionaries
  • Write `for` and `while` loops to express repetition
  • Practice refactoring and problem solving
Lesson 3

Data Structures and Loops

  • Use collection data types: lists, sets, and dictionaries
  • Write `for` and `while` loops to express repetition
  • Practice refactoring and problem solving
Lesson 4

Files and Modules

  • Use modules from the Python standard library and from third-party libraries
  • Read data from files on disk
  • Use online resources to help solve problems
Lesson 4

Files and Modules

  • Use modules from the Python standard library and from third-party libraries
  • Read data from files on disk
  • Use online resources to help solve problems
Lesson 5

Wikipedia Web Crawl Case Study

  • Apply the skills you've learned in this course to explore real-world data from the web
  • Write a web crawler that follows links between Wikipedia articles
Lesson 5

Wikipedia Web Crawl Case Study

  • Apply the skills you've learned in this course to explore real-world data from the web
  • Write a web crawler that follows links between Wikipedia articles

Prerequisites and Requirements

This course is meant to bring you up to speed in Python. It assumes that you are already familiar with fundamental programming concepts such as "variable", "loop", and "function".

If you have completed an introductory programming course in any other language (such as JavaScript, Java, or Ruby), you're ready for this course.

To complete the exercises in this course, you will need a computer on which you can run Python code. If you can install Python on your computer, you can use it for this course.

This course uses Python 3.

See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.

Why Take This Course

Python is one of the most popular languages today, used for a wide range of fields, from web programming, to data science, to robotics. With a strong foundation in Python programming, you'll have a good start in any of these career paths.

What do I get?
  • Instructor videos
  • Learn by doing exercises
  • Taught by industry professionals

Thanks for your interest!

We'll be in touch soon.

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