PHYSICS 104 - Python Programming for Introductory Science Courses
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Physics (PHYSICS)
Department: LSA Physics
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
This course counts toward the 60 credits of math/science required for a Bachelor of Science degree.
May not be repeated for credit.
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This mini-course is designed to provide students with a baseline comfort level with writing Python code for common tasks in STEM courses and/or research. Coding skills are essential in all areas of scientific research and highly sought after in the job market for STEM graduates. The ability to write and understand code is one of the most useful concrete technical skills a student can acquire. Geared towards students with limited or no exposure to how to program in Python, this course will provide the necessary background and confidence to succeed in future STEM courses that incorporate coding assignments. We will make use of freely available Python collaboration tools on Google, working through a series of “notebooks” that have Python exercises. During each class meeting, we will alternate between a class walk-through of examples showing how to perform a given coding task in Python. Then we will break into smaller groups for students to work on related examples with peers in class. Finally, students will have take-home portions of the notebooks to complete outside of class. Grades will be primarily based on working code in the notebooks, with partial credit given to clear efforts to debug code. At the end of the course, students will have practice going through the basics of a full "workflow," reading in and writing out data (data I/O), finding trends or extracting information from data (data wrangling), and data visualization.

Intended Audience:

Undergraduate students in STEM, particularly intended Physics majors and minors, who need additional programming experience to complement their studies.

Class Format:

Two, two-hour meetings per week for seven weeks. 


PHYSICS 104 - Python Programming for Introductory Science Courses
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001 (LAB)
 In Person
TuTh 4:00PM - 6:00PM
Note: Meets August 29, 2022 - October 14, 2022. The drop/add deadline is September 12, 2022.

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