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Calculations and loops in python



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for-loops in python operate on so-called iterables, this makes them very versatile

Python provides a lot of iterables. For now we will focus on lists, ranges and strings

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1 >>> for elem in range(4):
2 >>>    print(elem)
3 0
4 1
5 2
6 3

Ranges start at 0 and do not include the end

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1 >>> fruits= ['apples', 'bananas', 'strawberries']
2 >>> for fruit in fruits:
3 >>>    print(fruit)
4 apples
5 bananas
6 strawberries

for can also iterate over the elements of a list

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1 >>> for letter in 'café':
2 >>>    print(letter)
3 c
4 a
5 f
6 é

Strings in python 3 can handle special unicode characters

Strings are also iterables


Open a text editor and save the content of the next slide in a file called

Make sure that the editor does not add a filename-extension like .txt

1 #!/usr/bin/env python3
3 for i in range(10):
4     print(i)


Open a terminal window and use cd to navigate to the directory where you stored

Type python (on Windows) / python3 (on Linux) and hit enter⏎ to execute

Hint: Use the Tab⭾ key to automatically complete directory/file/program names

Division 10

Edit so that it outputs the numbers from 0.0 to 0.9 in steps of 0.1.


for for

Edit so that its output looks like this example

x   y
0.0 0.4
0.0 0.5
0.0 0.6
0.0 0.7
0.0 0.8
0.0 0.9
0.1 0.0
0.1 0.1

Python has an exponentiation operator b**e

A square root is an exponentiation by ½

Thus, in python, the distance d between two points in a cartesian coordinate system can be calculated as d= (x**2 + y**2)**0.5

Add a variable inside=0 to that is incremented by one whenever (x**2 + y**2) is smaller than 1

At the end of the program print(inside*4/100)

Decrease the step size from 0.1 to 0.001

At the end of the program print(inside*4/(1000**2))

Try to recognize the number and find out why it is the result of the calculation