Python for Physics and Astronomy
The Python programming language is a widely used tool for basic research and engineering. Its rapid rise in popularity is supported by comprehensive, largely open-source, contributions from scientists who use it for their own work. This short course offers an introduction to Python with examples drawn from physics and astronomy as part of a full semester Research Methods class.
The examples are collected here.
All the assignments are here.
Homework should be uploaded here.
The topics and examples covered are --
- Why program? Choosing a language.
- Very simple Python
- Elements of Python programming
- Solving problems with Python
- Graphics with Python
- NumPy, SciPy and SciKits
- Image processing with Python and SciPy
- User interfaces
- Command line and the operating system
- Graphical user interfaces in Python (GUI)
These topics may be added to a longer version of this course or as working notes when time allows.
- Real world interfacing
- Instrumentation and communication
- Serial ports
- Incorporating manufacturer's code
- Working with the web
- HTTP servers
- Getting data from servers
- Sending data to servers
- Common gateway interface - CGI
- Using Python with CGI
- Programming for server-side processing
- Python and other languages
- Bash scripting in Unix-like systems
- Very simple C
- Using Python with other code
- Android for web development
- LabVIEW for instrument control and data analysis
- Java for astronomical calculations: AstroCC and AstroImageJ