An Introduction to Python


This notebook contains the programming exercises for An Introduction to Python: Lists.


  • Fundamentals of Python Programming. Halterman, Richard. Southern Adventist Univesity. 2018.


Do the following problems.

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Create a list of 5 string objects representing different types of foods. Use a for loop to iterate over the list and print the objects separated by spaces.

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Use the list created in the previous problem and demonstrate the use of append, remove and pop by adding to, removing from and popping elements from the list.

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Given the list lst = [20, 1, -34, 40, -8, 60, 1, 3] evaluate the following expressions. Write your answers in markdown first then use code to verify your answer.

  • lst[0:3]
  • lst[4:8]
  • lst[-5:-3]
  • lst[4:]
  • lst[:]
  • lst[:4]
  • lst[1:5]
  • -34 in lst
  • -34 not in lst
  • len(lst)

Create the following list: [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]. Use slicing to obtain the following sublists:

  • [2,3,4,5]
  • [1,3,5,7]
  • [1,2,3,4,5,6] (use negative indices for this problem)
  • [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8]
  • [8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1]
  • [6,5,4,3]
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Create an empty list.

1) Then use a for loop to append to the list the multiples of 3 from 12 to 2340. Print out the length of this list.

2) Redo part 1) of this problem but use list comprehensions instead of a for loop.

3) Use list comprehension as in part 2) but add in the additional condition that the numbers need to be a multiple of 7.

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Use the built-in function list() and the range() function to create a list of even numbers from 2 to 50.

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Use sum to find the sum of a list created in the previous problem.

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Write the list represented by each of the following list comprehension expressions. Write your answers in markdown then check with code.

  • [x + 1 for x in [2, 4, 6, 8]]
  • [10*x for x in range(5, 10)]
  • [x for x in range(10, 21) if x % 3 == 0]

Suppose lst = [-2,4,6,-4,-5,12,-7,5,3]. Use list comprehension to extract the positive numbers from the list.

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Write a segment of code that asks the user to input a positive integer n. Use list comprehension to create a list factors which is a list of factors of n.

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Without running the following code, can you tell what it does for a given integer n? (Pretty cool!)

[x for x in range(2, n) if n % x == 0] == []

Create a list where each element of the list is another list of a student name(string) and a gpa(float). Your list should have 4 student-gpa pairs. Then use a nested loop to print out each student name and gpa, each on a different line.

One sample output:

Mike 2.3 
John 3.5 
Michele 3.7 
Carol 3.2
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