Introduction to Computer Science and Programming: A Free Course from MIT

Taught by Pro­fes­sor John Gut­tag, this MIT course pro­vides an Intro­duc­tion to Com­put­er Sci­ence and Pro­gram­ming. It cov­ers “intro­duc­to­ry com­put­er sci­ence meth­ods and top­ics,” and “all pro­gram­ming assign­ments use Python.”

You can watch all 26 lec­tures above, or find them on YouTube. A syl­labus for the course and relat­ed mate­ri­als can be found on MIT’s web siteThe option­al text­book used in the course is Intro­duc­tion to Com­pu­ta­tion and Pro­gram­ming Using Python.

For any­one inter­est­ed in a course more square­ly focused on Python itself, see: Learn Python: A Free Online Course from Google.

Intro­duc­tion to Com­put­er Sci­ence and Pro­gram­ming will be added to our list of Free Online Com­put­er Sci­ence Cours­es, a sub­set of our larg­er col­lec­tion, 1,700 Free Online Cours­es from Top Uni­ver­si­ties.

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