How to Download Python

 For Mac Users:

 

       Ok. The first thing you're going to want to do is to download the latest version of Python 3 from off of this website. 

         You have just downloaded a folder called something like Python 3.8 (the version number may have changed a little since I wrote this). Find this folder and take a look inside of it. You'll find a program called "IDLE.app". This is the main way I'll be having you interact with Python. 

         Next you'll be downloading a program called PIP. This stands for Pip Installs Packages. This lets you add on additional modules onto vanilla out-of-the-box Python. I've used some of these in my research. To download PIP, the first step will be to go to the pip.pypa website:

Once on their website, you're looking to click this button:

         This will download a clever little Python file called "get-pip.py" which will actually download the PIP program from inside of Python. To run it, you want to take that file and drag it into IDLE (which we downloaded a moment ago). 

         Once you're inside the file look to the top of the screen. One of the menubar options is "Run". Go to that and select "Run Module". (Note: this is how you "press go" on a Python program you want to run.) When you do this, it will start installing the PIP program onto your computer. This will take a little while.

         Once PIP has finished installing go to your computer's search function and search for a program called Terminal. The Terminal is a command line system that lets you control your Operating System and make changes. Open the terminal program. 

                           To double-check we've downloaded Python, type in "python3 --version". 

                                    It should respond with something like Python 3.8.1

                           To double-check we've downloaded PIP, type in "pip --version". 

                                    It should respond with something like pip 20.0.2

         Ok! Nice... Now that we have PIP up and running on your computer, type the following two commands into the terminal:

                                                      pip install matplotlib

                                                      pip install mpmath

         Nice! When this is done, you're now 100% ready to download and run my python programs. 

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