These are the audio lectures to supplement the textbook 'Python for Everybody: Exploring Information' and its associated web site www.py4e.com. There is also a video podcast of this material.
1.1 Why Program
Explore the nature of programming and how programming a computer is different than using a computer.
1.2 Hardware Architecture
In this lecture we learn abut how the computer processes and stores programs. We learn about the CPU, Memory, Storage and Input / Output devices are brought together to write a program.
1.3 Python as a Language
We look at how writing programs is just another form of communication. Instead of communicating with another person, we are communicating our ideas to a computer.
1.4 What do we Say to Python?
We look at the basics of the Python language and how we write code in Python to communicate sequential steps, conditional steps and repeated steps.
2.1 Building Blocks of Python
We look at Python's reserved words, how we name and use variables, why we choose meaningful (mnemonic) variable names and how assignment statements function.
We look at how we use various numerical and string operations to compute new information and store the new values in variables.