Scientific Python Primer

From APL
Revision as of 15:18, 3 December 2015 by Aplstudent (talk | contribs)

Jump to: navigation, search

This Python Primer utilizes an IPython notebook kernel running on a computer in the APL and a browser-based IPython notebook front end located on your computer. That is, you don't need any special software just a computer with a web-browser and a SSH client.

You will start your IPython session by establishing a SSH tunnel.

Step 1 SSH into the remote machine and run the IPython web-based environment and direct it to a specific port. The command for this should look something like:

ipython notebook --no-browser --port=70xx

Step 2 On the local machine you can access this remote port using an SSH tunnel with port forwarding. The command for that will look like:

ssh -N -f -L localhost:70xx:localhost:70xx username@remotemachine

Step 3 Now to use the session all you have to do is (from the local machine) run your preferred web browser with the URL:

http://localhost:70xx

Textbook for the module

A Primer on Scientific Programming with Python by Hans Petter Langtangen (3rd Edition). Available online through the UO Library. To access it, follow this link: http://link.springer.com/book/10.1007%2F978-3-642-30293-0

Activities

Intro to Python, Definitions - Chapter 1

Loops, logic, and lists - Chapter 2

Functions - Chapter 3 and NumPy

Input data and error handling - Chapter 4 and PANDAS

Functions on arrays and curve fitting - Chapter 5

String handling, files, and dictionaries - Chapter 6 and PANDAS


Useful Links

PANDAS - http://pandas.pydata.org/

NumPy - http://www.numpy.org

codecademy - https://www.codecademy.com/


Chapter 1

Section 1.1: If this is your first time programming anything, begin with 1.1.1. Otherwise, it will suffice to read 1.1.1 for a statement of the problem and skip to 1.1.11. This introduces the syntax for commenting and basic arithmetic operations.

Section 1.2: This will give you relevant vocabulary for talking about Python and programs more generally. If this is not your first time programming, this section should just be skimmed.

Section 1.3: Introduction to potential calculation difficulties, primarily floating point versus integer data.

Section 1.4: Importing mathematical functions from a library.

Section 1.5: Interactive computing. This section will teach you how to have the user input various parameters. IPython is introduced as well.

Section 1.6: Complex numbers in Python.

Section 1.7: Summary

Section 1.8: Suggested exercises: While all are useful (after 1.6), the following will help immensely in debugging. 1.6 - Introduction to basic functions 1.9 - Error Correction 1.17 - Error Finding in a program that uses the quadratic formula