This course teaches you powerful skills for scientific computing for various applications in science and engineering fields.
Some familiarity with programming concepts (in any language) is assumed.
By the end of the course, you will have all the knowledge you need to use Python to solve problems involving the use of various scientific data sets. You will know what's available with Python, how to structure your code, and how to use Python's data structures competently to write clean, efficient code. You will have had experience with using Python for various scripting and data manipulation tasks, including easily creating beautiful plots, performing Monte Carlo simulations and image analysis, analysing time-series data, constructing statistical models, and scaling up to handling medium-sized (sub-terabyte) data.
Day 1 covers the basics of using Python for general programming tasks, including tips and tricks for making this easy:
Day 2 gives a comprehensive introduction to reading and writing the most important data formats in science and engineering and how to analyse and visualise data easily:
Day 3 teaches the use of Python for numerical and scientific computing. It covers array and matrix manipulation, working with labelled and tabular data, an overview of available scientific routines, and creating simple but beautiful 2D plots, with the packages NumPy, SciPy, and Matplotlib:
Day 4 focuses on techniques for creating larger codebases in teams, interfacing Python with other data sources, scaling from small datasets and small problems to realistic ones that may be too big for memory or too slow for one computer to process:
We will supply you with printed course notes and a USB stick containing a complete Python environment based on VirtualBox. This saves time in the course and allows us to focus on using Python rather than installing it. The USB stick also contains kitchen-sink Python installers for multiple platforms, solutions to the programming exercises, several written tutorials, and reference documentation on Python and the third-party packages covered in the course.
We also offer custom courses on-site for teams within organisations. These are particularly appropriate if your team uses particular tools or data sources in its workflow. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.