The lecture is written in IPython Notebook format. You will quickly see that you can edit these notebooks yourself to add your own notes and do the exercises. You can view the first lecture’s notebook directly using nbviewer or download the notebook here (Note: you may need to right-click and use Save Link As…).

Initial setup

We recommend that you download the notebooks for the lecture and store them in the H: drive.

  1. Create a folder on the H: drive called notebooks (or any other sensible name) in the file explorer: Create a new folder

  2. At the beginning of each lecture, download the relevant .ipynb file and place it in this folder. Once you’ve saved the notebook, you can open it using Anaconda. This is already installed in the computer lab. You can also installed it on your personal computer for free - see instructions below:

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  1. First, we strongly recommend setting your default browser to Google Chrome or Firefox. In Firefox, go to Tools > Options > Advanced tab, and click the Make Firefox the default browser button. In Chrome, go to the Settings window and click Make Google Chrome the default browser.

  2. From the Windows Start menu, search for and open the cmd command line tool: cmd

  3. At the command line, type the following 3 commands, pressing Enter after each one:


    cd notebooks


    ipython notebook ```
    This will start up IPython Notebook in your default web browser. From there you should see the .ipynb files that you have saved in the notebooks folder.