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A Gentle Introduction to Programming Using Python

As taught in: January IAP 2010

Image showing a complete row in the game Tetris.

In the last two class sessions, students work in pairs to complete a Tetris game. See the Assignments section for more details. (Image by Sarina Canelake.)


Sarina Canelake

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Course Features

Course Description

This 6-unit P/D/F course will provide a gentle introduction to programming using Python for highly motivated students with little or no prior experience in programming computers over the first two weeks of IAP. The course will focus on planning and organizing programs, as well as the grammar of the Python programming language. Lectures will be interactive, featuring in-class exercises with lots of support from the course staff.

This class is designed to help prepare students for 6.01 Introduction to EECS I. 6.01 assumes some knowledge of Python upon entering; the course material for 6.189 has been specially designed to make sure that concepts important to 6.01 are covered.

This course is offered during the Independent Activities Period (IAP), which is a special 4-week term at MIT that runs from the first week of January until the end of the month.