6.189 A Gentle Introduction to Programming Using Python

January (IAP) 2008

Comic strip showing how easy it is to do anything in Python, even fly.
"I wrote 20 short programs in Python yesterday. It was wonderful. Perl, I'm leaving you." (Image courtesy of Randall Munroe, creator of the xkcd webcomic; this particular image can be found here.)

Course Description

This course will provide a gentle introduction to programming using Python™ for highly motivated students with little or no prior experience in programming computers. The course will focus on planning and organizing programs, as well as the grammar of the Python programming language. Lectures will be interactive featuring in-class exercises with lots of support from the course staff.

This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .py and .zip.

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Mihir Kedia
Aseem Kishore

Course Meeting Times

Five sessions / week for 2 weeks
3 hours / session