notes regarding OSU’s post-bacc CS program

Regarding the application process:

1. After applying online, I recommend getting any and all college/university transcripts sent to OSU as soon as possible. Without the transcripts, nothing moves forward.

2. Once I requested transcripts from previous universities, the transcription services were quick to notify me when they sent them off (within a day). But it took a few weeks for OSU’s application portal to show receipt of transcripts. One, mailed from the university rather than sent electronically due to technical reasons, didn’t appear until, about a month later, I sent an email to OSU’s Admission Office to ask about it. They remedied the situation quickly. In retrospect, I wish I’d sent off that email sooner.

3. I’d start reviewing for the ALEKS math placement test right after applying (or before).

Regardless of your prior math classes that met requirements for admission, all incoming accepted students take ALEKS to verify that they have enough math knowledge to understand discrete mathematics. There’s a minimum ALEKS score you need to get to start the CS program, essentially past “college” algebra.

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my solution to Think Python, exercise 3.1


I’m going through Think Python, by Allen Downey, for the time being, likely until classes begin for me at the end of the month.

Thank you, Dr. Downey, for making it available free online.

3-17-2021 Update: I’m finding I prefer aspects of the version of the document headed by Peter Wentworth, How to Think Like a Computer Scientist: Learning with Python 3, compared to Downey. The Wentworth version has more thorough explanations and examples.

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Activating the Virtual Environment

I am just beginning Project 3 – Web Applications in Eric Matthes’ Python Crash Course, 2nd ed. I hit some snags to solve at the very start, first getting the directory set up in the command prompt terminal, then activating the “virtual environment” in that directory.
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Better Stars solution

I’m going through Python Crash Course, 2nd edition, by Eric Matthes.

He posts solutions for “Try It Yourself” questions for all chapters except 12, 13, and 14, which cover his Alien Invasion project. This is the solution I came up with for 13-2. Better Stars, on p. 264.

This post will likely only make sense to people also working through the problem sets in the book.
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Establishing the Python Path in Windows

In my quest to learn Python, I hit upon an early snag of not being able to access it in the command window / Powershell of my Windows 10 system.

I had downloaded Python 3.9.0 from python.org; during the installation process I made sure the option to establish a “PATH” was checked. Per various sources in my internet search, this should have been enough to avoid this particular issue.

Nonetheless, post-installation, when I entered “python” after the prompt in the command window, I was informed that “python” was not recognized.

My search on the internet gave me a partial solution, which was to add a “path” in Environment Variables.
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