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Computing in Python II: Control Structures


  • flag Edx
  • student Beginner
  • database eLearning
  • earth English
  • clock 5 w

About

<p>Learn about control structures^ one of the most powerful parts of programming. This course covers conditionals^ loops^ functions^ and error handling^ specifically in Python but with broader applicability to other languages as well.</p>

Covered topics:

  • Computer Science

Description

Building on your prior knowledge of variables and operators^ this course gets into the meat of programming. Organized into five chapters^ this course starts by covering the fundamentals of what control structures are and what they do^ then moves on to four common control structures in Python. Conditionals let you modify what your program does based on the values of incoming variables. Loops let you repeat tasks for multiple values or while certain conditions hold true. Functions let you encapsulate complex reasoning into reusable chunks of code. Error handling lets you intelligently recover from anticipated and unanticipated glitches. By the end of this course^ you ll be able to write complex programs in Python that perform useful reasoning. For example^ you could write a program that calculates your weight on other planets^ calculates the standard deviation of a series of numbers^ or checks for the validity of an incoming password. Structurally^ the course is comprised of several parts. Instruction is delivered via a series of short (2-3 minute) videos. In between those videos^ you ll complete both multiple choice questions and coding problems to demonstrate your knowledge of the material that was just covered.