Intro. to Programming (in Python 3)- Spring 2024 - MW 12-1:15 - Room 227

Instructor: Ted Wetherbee

Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, Minnesota 55720

Office: W217
Phone: 218-879-0840

Spring 2024 Class Schedule:
   8:00- 8:45   MTWHF  Calculus 1       Room 256
   9:00-9:45    ____F  Calculus 2       W217
  10:15-11:00   _T_H_  Calculus 2       W217
  10:30-11:45   M_W__  College Algebra  Room 228
  12:00- 1:15   M_W__  Programming      Room 227
   6:00- 8:45pm __W__  Statistics       Room 256

Office Hours in Room W217:
  Monday   Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday
  9am      9am      9am        9am      

Course Website:

All materials handed out in class will be on D2L.

Text : Free online

Think Python: How to Think Like a Computer Scientist, by Allen Downey, 2nd edition.
Book Website (2nd ed.)
Online Book (2nd ed.)

This 2nd edition is a Python 3 version. The earlier 1st edition was for Python 2.

Materials needed: USB Key/Drive

Get yourself a USB key/drive. It does not have to be large. Managing your code is a very important aspect of programming!

Create a directory/folder for each programming assignment. Save your Python code often with short but descriptive names in the correct folder. NEVER use spaces in program or directory/folder names! Use underscores_between_words, if necessary. End Python script names with ".py". Disable "hide known file extensions" in a folder view so that you can see the ".py" extensions--which should always be there for Python scripts. When you refine a program, it is extremely helpful to save versions with different names incrementally, e.g.,,, and so on.

Include descriptive comments within your Python scripts so that you can later open the file, read comments, and thus know what it does, the author, when it was written, and so forth. You don't have to write a great deal, but you should write enough in a way so that a complete stranger could read your Python script and thus understand what it does, who wrote it, and when it was written. That stranger will usually be yourself! Programmers are humans; it is easy to completely forget almost everything about a code. Explain it to yourself within your code with comments, and do it as if you are writing to a complete stranger.

Python on Room 227 and Open Computer Lab machines

Most of the room machines have Python 3 installed. Use Python 3 for our class work! As usual for FDLTCC classroom and computer lab machines, never expect anything you leave on a machine to remain on the machine! Always copy your programs and other files to a USB key/drive, and label them carefully so that you can find your files later.

Installing Python on Your Computer

Python is free. It is probably already be installed if you have a Linux or Mac PC/notebook. There are many free distributions of Python you can install on your Windows machine. You will want to install Python 3 on your own machine if that is what you will use for this course, a notebook or desktop machine. See the setup handout for details. It is easy to do.


15 programs 15x40 = 600
                    600 total

90-100%   A
80-90%    B
70-80%    C
60-70%    D
0-60%     F

Tentative Schedule - Spring 2024 - CS 1020

Mon jan08  1 ch1 intro.; Python in lab, personal machine; interactive vs. program script
             Chapter 1
Wed jan10  2 p1

Mon jan15  H 
Wed jan17  3 ch2 variables
             Tkinter intro.

Mon jan22  4 ch3 functions
Wed jan24  5 p3

Mon jan29  6 ch5 tests and recursion
Wed jan31  7 p4

Mon feb05  8 ch6 functions and return values
Wed feb07  9 p5

Mon feb12 10 ch6 iteration
Wed feb14 11 ch7 strings

Mon feb19 H  
Wed feb21 12 p7

Mon feb26 13 ch8 lists
Wed feb28 14 p8

Mon mar04 15 tuples
Wed mar06 16 ch11 files and IO

Spring break

Mon mar18 17 ch10 dictionaries
Wed mar20 18 p11

Mon mar25 19 p12
             Python 2d arrays; simulations
                 python arrays and iteration
Wed mar27 20 more: p12

Mon apr01 21 p13
Wed apr03 22 ch12-14 python classes and objects

Mon apr08 23 p14
Wed apr10 24 Physics simulation: solar system

Mon apr15 25 pp15 Solar System
Wed apr17 26 p15

Mon apr22 27 ipython, jupyter
Wed apr24 28 p16

Mon apr29 29 final program presentation
Wed may01 T1 11-12:50 Room 227 : Intro. to Programming in Python
Thu may02 T2
Fri may03 T3

Mon may06 T4 ( 8- 9:50am Room 256 : Calculus 1)   
             (10-11:55am Room 228 : College Algebra)                   
Tue may07  
Wed may08 
Thu may09 H  FDL Memorial Day
Fri may10

Plagiarism, or presenting the writing of another as your own (a.k.a. “copying”), results in an F for this course and is subject to any other disciplinary actions mandated by this institution and the Minnesota State system.

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