Lesson 2

Basic Python Types

This lesson covers:

  • Inputting scalars and strings
  • Lists
  • Tuples
  • Dictionaries

Problem: Input scalar floating point and integers

  1. Create a variable called scalar_float containing $\pi$ to 4 digits.
  2. Create a variable called scalar_int containing 31415.
  3. Print each value using the print function.
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Problem: Create a string and an f-string

  1. Create a variable called a_string containing This is a string
  2. Create a f-string the prints The value of scalar_float is 3.1415 using the variable created in the previous step
  3. Create two string, first containing String concatenation and the second containing is like addition, and join the two using + to produce String concatenation is like addition.
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Problem: Create a list

  1. Create a list containing scalar_float and scalar_int
  2. Add a_string to the list.
  3. Select the second element from the list
  4. Select the the lst two elements of the list
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Problem: Create a list of lists

  1. Create a list containing the two lists [1, 2, 3] and [4, 5, 6]
  2. Select the element 5 from the nested list
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Problem: Create a tuple

  1. Create a tuple containing the values (1, 2.0, "c")
  2. Select the element "c" from the tuple
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Problem: Convert a list to a tuple and back

  1. Convert the list-of-lists created to a tuple-of-tuples
  2. Convert the tuple-of-tuples back to a list of lists
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Problem: Create a dictionary

  1. Create a dictionary containing the key-value pairs "float" and 3.1415, "int" and 31415, and "string" and "three-point-one-four-one-five".
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Problem: Lookup and Change a value

  1. Look up the value of "float".
  2. Change the value of "float" to 22 / 7.
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Problem: Add and remove a key

  1. Add the new key "better_float" with the value 3.141592.
  2. Remove the key "float" and its value.
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Exercises

Exercise: Manipulating lists

  1. Create an empty list called lst
  2. Add the elements 9, "Eight" and 7.0 (in order) to the list.
  3. Extend the list with the list ["Six", 5, 4.0] using extend
  4. Select first 4 elements of lst
  5. Select last 3 elements of lst
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Exercise: Dictionary Manipulation

  1. Create a empty dictionary called dct
  2. Add the pairs "apple" and 1, "banana" and 2.0, and "cherry" and "iii"
  3. Replace the value of "apple" with "I"
  4. Remove the entry for "banana"
  5. Add an entry "date" with the value 4
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Exercise: Directly create a Dictionary

Using the final verion of dct from the previous exercise:

  1. Directly initialize a new dictionary called other_dct.
  2. Use an f-string to print the values associated with each key.

Hint You must use both types of quotes. For example, to access a value in an f-string.

f"{other_dct['apple']}"
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Exercise: Tuple Manipulation

  1. Create a tuple tpl containing 100 and 4
  2. Convert to a list, add the elements 101 and 5
  3. Convert back toa tuple
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