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1st Edition

A Concise Introduction to Programming in Python

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ISBN 9781498759694
Published September 15, 2015 by Chapman and Hall/CRC
217 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Suitable for newcomers to computer science, A Concise Introduction to Programming in Python provides a succinct, yet complete, first course in computer science using the Python programming language.

The book features:

  • Short, modular chapters with brief and precise explanations, intended for one class period
  • Early introduction of basic procedural constructs such as functions, selection, and repetition, allowing them to be used throughout the course
  • Objects are introduced in the middle of the course, and class design comes toward the end
  • Examples, exercises, and projects from a wide range of application domains, including biology, physics, images, sound, mathematics, games, and textual analysis
  • No external libraries are required, simplifying the book’s use in common lab spaces

Each chapter introduces a main idea through a concrete example and a series of exercises. Designed to teach programming in a concise, yet comprehensive way, this book provides a timely introduction for students and anyone interested in learning Python.

Table of Contents

Computer Systems and Software
Python Program Components
Repetition: For Loops
Computer Memory: Integers
Selection: If Statements
Algorithm Design and Debugging
Repetition: While Loops
Project: Newton’s Method
Computer Memory: Floats
Project: Visualization

Collections and Files
Building Strings
Project: ISBN Check Digits
Computer Memory: Text
Project: Program Performance
Project: Heat Diffusion
String Methods
Project: File Compression
Mutable and Immutable Objects
Project: Hangman
Project: ELIZA
Project: Shannon Entropy
Project: Reading DNA Frames

Selected Topics
Sound Manipulation
Sound Synthesis
Image Manipulation
Project: Image Filters
Image Synthesis
Writing Classes
Cooperating Classes
Case Study: PPM Image Class
Related Classes
Functional Programming
Parallel Programming
Graphical User Interfaces

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Mark J. Johnson is professor of computer science and mathematics at Central College in Pella, Iowa, where he holds the Ruth and Marvin Denekas Endowed Chair in Science and Humanities. Mark is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Ph.D., mathematics) and St. Olaf College.