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Applied Computational Thinking with Python

By : Sofía De Jesús, Dayrene Martinez
Book Image

Applied Computational Thinking with Python

By: Sofía De Jesús, Dayrene Martinez

Overview of this book

Computational thinking helps you to develop logical processing and algorithmic thinking while solving real-world problems across a wide range of domains. It's an essential skill that you should possess to keep ahead of the curve in this modern era of information technology. Developers can apply their knowledge of computational thinking to solve problems in multiple areas, including economics, mathematics, and artificial intelligence. This book begins by helping you get to grips with decomposition, pattern recognition, pattern generalization and abstraction, and algorithm design, along with teaching you how to apply these elements practically while designing solutions for challenging problems. You’ll then learn about various techniques involved in problem analysis, logical reasoning, algorithm design, clusters and classification, data analysis, and modeling, and understand how computational thinking elements can be used together with these aspects to design solutions. Toward the end, you will discover how to identify pitfalls in the solution design process and how to choose the right functionalities to create the best possible algorithmic solutions. By the end of this algorithm book, you will have gained the confidence to successfully apply computational thinking techniques to software development.
Table of Contents (21 chapters)
Section 1: Introduction to Computational Thinking
Section 2:Applying Python and Computational Thinking
Section 3:Data Processing, Analysis, and Applications Using Computational Thinking and Python
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Section 1: Introduction to Computational Thinking

In this world that we live in, we interact with code without realizing it constantly throughout our day. When we search for something online, when we use our smartphone, when we use our fitness trackers or smartwatches, and so much more, there are algorithms involved. Even our cars have computers that we interact with, some of us daily. We're going to look at what is behind programming and designing algorithms, starting with some of the basic fundamentals of computer science, looking at some applications of computational thinking and algorithm designs with the Python programming language.

In this section, you will gain a clear understanding of computer science, the elements of computational thinking – namely, decomposition, pattern recognition, pattern generalization, and abstraction – and algorithm design.

This section comprises the following chapters:

  • Chapter 1, Fundamentals of Computer Science...