[Edu-sig] Introducing Python to Engineering Students

kirby urner kirby.urner at gmail.com
Wed Mar 12 04:14:48 CET 2008

On Tue, Mar 11, 2008 at 2:57 PM, David MacQuigg
<macquigg at ece.arizona.edu> wrote:

>  Very nice!!  I like the clear concise explanation of fractals.  I'll add this link to whatever I put together.
>  I like the way you construct the color palette, simple but effective.  I'll have to play around with some more high-resolution images to see if I still get such nice colors.  I see you have a link on creating palettes, but it is dead.

Thank you sir.

Link updated.

>  I'll modify my function to look more like yours, going for more clarity with only a small sacrifice in efficiency.  I can't use the nice OOP style, however, because these students have studied only functions.  OOP is an "advanced topic" covered in a later course for computer engineers, and not at all for electrical and other engineering majors. :(

Yes, I understand your frustrations.

I try to pitch to other faculty that "ontogeny *need not*
recapitulate phylogeny" with the example of cell phones:
you *don't* need to have used a land line first.

Start early with objects.

Some recent curriculum writing for a futuristic pre-college
(still on the drawing board), explaining OO to math faculty:


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