CS8, 10F, H01, due Thu Lecture 09.30—Miller/Ranum Ch1 (thru p. 28)—Total points: ?

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Please note the following typo on p. 13:

"What if you want to divide 7 by 2 and get 7.5 as the answer?"

Should be:

"What if you want to divide 15 by 2 and get 7.5 as the answer?"

Reading: Read the syllabus for the course, and then read Chapter 1, at least up through page 28. Then, answer the following questions. Be sure to check both sides.

  1. Review pages 10-17, then answer these questions: at the Python prompt:
    1. (2 pts) What can you type to compute 100 divided by 11, and get back an exact result (i.e. a result with decimals?)


    2. (2 pts) If you type that, what answer do you get back? (Write the entire answer---all the decimal places)


    3. (2 pts) What can you type to divide 100 by 11, and throw away any remainder?


    4. (2 pts) What do you get if you type the expression from question c at the Python prompt?


  2. Read Section 1.5.1 (p. 10-13). Part of this section described how the Python interpreter works with input typed in at the Python prompt. According to the authors, the Python interpreter works in a loop—a series of steps repeated over and over again.

    As explained in the textbook: what are the three steps in the Python interpreter loop, and what happens at each of these three steps?
    1. (2 pts) Step 1:



    2. (2 pts) Step 2:



    3. (2 pts) Step 3:

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  1. Section 1.5.1 also describes Python expressions as being made up of operators and operands. The book explains what operators are, but only implies what operands are—so here's a more clear explanation:

    • In an expression such as (3+5), there is one operator (+), and two operands: 3 and 5.
      • 3 is the left operand, and 5 is the right operand.
    • In an expression such as (3 + 5 * 2), there are two operators, + and *, but there are actually four operands, not three!
      • The operands of the * operator, which is applied first, are 5 and 2
      • The operands of the + operator, which is applied second, are 3 and the result of 5*2 (i.e. 10).

    So, read pages 10-13, and then answer these questions about the expression (2 * 8 + 3)

    1. (2 pts) What is the right operand of the * operator in this expression?



    2. (2 pts) What is the left operand of the + operator?



    3. (2 pts) What is the value of the following expression—i.e. what does it evaluate to—i.e. what is the final result, after the operations are carried out?




  2. Section 1.5.2 (p. 17-22) discusses a type of Python statement that can be used to give an object a name, and creates a variable.

    1. (2 pts) What is that type of statement called?




    2. (2 pts) Give an example of such a statement that creates a variable that has the integer value 195 and the name weight.




  1. Read pages 23-28 about using the cTurtle module. You may like to try the statements from the book as you read about them—you'll learn more, and have more fun if you do.

    In CSIL, this works: no problem. Note that if you want to USE the cTurtle module in Python on your own PC or Mac, there are some special things you have to do.

    Those are described at this link: http://www.cs.ucsb.edu/~pconrad/cs8/topics/cTurtle

    Once you have Turtle graphics installed correctly, you should be able to type this at the Python prompt, and not get an error message:

    >>> import cTurtle

    Then, answer these questions

    1. (2 pts) What do you type to create a new Turtle named fred ?



    2. (2 pts) Once you have a turtle named fred, what do you type to cause fred to move forward 50 pixels?



    3. (2 pts) If fred's current heading is 0 degrees, what direction is he facing?




    4. (2 pts) What do you type at the Python prompt to determine fred's current heading?




    5. (2 pts) The book talks about something called a constructor. What is a constructor?





    6. (2 pts) Which of the questions that you answered above involved a constructor?



    7. The book talks about something called parameters.

      (2 pts) Which of the answers to the questions above involves a parameter?



      (2 pts) What was that parameter?






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