Welcome to the GASP Beginners Python Course! A learning place so great, it will
take your breath away.
There are a lot of worksheets in our beginners’ Python course. The most
important are the six numbered sheets; you should work your way through those.
But they’ll be pretty hard going unless you also make use of the lettered
sheets, which give you useful information about particular topics.
This sheet gives a very brief description of all the sheets.
Each sheet has been given a difficulty rating : one to three stars.
- * Basic.
This stuff is reasonably easy, and you’ll need to know it.
- ** Intermediate.
This is trickier, but useful.
- *** Advanced.
If you’re feeling smart and/or adventurous, you might try these.
Things to try, programs to write.
1 * Introducing Python You should read
this first. It’s a little tour of some of the simpler things you can do with
2 * Turning the Tables Computers are
better at arithmetic than people. By the end of this sheet you’ll have written
a program that tests you on your tables.
3 ** Pretty Pictures An introduction
to graphics in Python. This sheet also introduces the important idea of
4 * Higher! Lower! Writing a
guessing game program. Not very hard, but there are plenty of ideas for taking
5 ** The Robots are Coming! A
graphical game in which you try to outwit a horde of robots.
6 *** Chomp A gasp version of a classic
Important (and a few unimportant) topics.
A * Lists Lists of things are important
in Python. This sheet shows you some things you can do with them.
C * Conditions and Conditionals How to
tell the computer Do this if so-and-so is true; otherwise, do that.
D ** Dictionaries and Tuples
Dictionaries and tuples: two kinds of object that aren’t covered elsewhere in
E * Errors (also called Exceptions)
Some rude messages you might get from Python, and what they mean.
F ** Functions An important
tool for organizing programs.
G ** Gasp More details about drawing
movable shapes with Python.
I * Input and Output How to make Python
tell you things and ask you questions.
J * Jargon A guide to some technical
terms. A useful sheet to have around.
L * Loops How to do things over and over
M *** Modules An advanced topic:
How Python manages to provide a huge number of useful functions without being
O ** Objects and Classes Fairly
easy. Important for the Games worksheets.
S * Strings What you can do with
bits of text.
T ** Time How to tell the time, wait for
0.3 of a second, etc.