First steps with Python

The first step is to install it. I’m not going to go into details here but it is quite straightforward. Just search for download Python and follow the instructions for whatever computer you have.

The Casio CG50 does have Python built in. It would be madness to try to type a program in using the calculator keys however but you can type it up on a PC and then transfer it using the USB cable.

It is important to realise at this stage that I am not an experienced Python programmer. I’m learning and writing this at the same time. I may not be doing things the best way.

I’ve no problem with that. It’s how I learn. I hope people might reply to these posts with suggestions of how it could be done better, alternative methods and approaches and ideas.

I’m also going to link what I’m doing to the A-Level Maths and Further Maths course. I am not going to spend time teaching Python to students but I think encouraging them to play and explore it will help.

Python programming, as far as I can see, is all about structure and thinking about the processes behind how things work. If students think about how things work then will have a better understand of the mathematics and hence be better at it.

That is the plan.

The second step is to write a program…

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