Introduction to Computer Science and Programming 6.00x is an introduction to using computation to solve real problems. The course is aimed at students with little or no prior programming experience who have a desire (or at least a need) to understand computational approaches to problem solving. Some of the people taking the course will use it as a stepping stone to more advanced computer science courses, but for many, it will be their first and last computer science course. Since the course will be the only formal computer science course many of the students take, we have chosen to focus on breadth rather than depth. The goal is to provide students with a brief introduction to many topics so they will have an idea of what is possible when they need to think about how to use computation to accomplish some goal later in their career. That said, it is not a "computation appreciation" course. It is a challenging and rigorous course in which the students spend a lot of time and effort learning to bend the computer to their will. Those who earn a passing grade will get an honor code certificate from MITx. Please see the edX FAQ for more information about certificates. The required textbook for this course is Introduction to Computation and Programming Using Python (Spring 2013 edition) by John Guttag. The MIT Press has generously provided free access for MITx students to an online version of the required textbook for the duration of the course. The open, online version offers the full text of the book in a static, read-only format (not searchable or downloadable for use offline). The book will also be published in both print and e- book editions in January 2013 by the MIT Press. Both editions of the book are priced at $25.00 and are now available from retailers. Limited-time offer! The MIT Press is offering MITx students a special price, through March 22, 2013 only, of $17.50 (a 30% discount). To take advantage of this offer, please use promotion code ICPUP30 at http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/introduction-computation-and-programming-using-python . Note to students who purchased the Fall 2012 edition of this textbook: If you already own a copy of the Fall 2012 version of Introduction to Computation and Programming Using Python by John Guttag, please be aware that the newly released Spring 2013 edition of the book reflects numerous corrections and minor revisions throughout. You may use the Fall 2012 edition for this Spring course but you are strongly advised to regularly compare its text against the open online edition of the Spring 2013 edition (which will be freely posted within the Spring 6.00x courseware). Alternatively, you may wish to purchase the Spring 2013 edition if you are able. In the meantime, if you're interested in reading more on Python, check your local library for Python textbooks or search online for a free Python text, such as this one . Note : This is a past/archived course. Certain features of this course may not be active, but we still invite you to explore the available materials. Disabled materials include: the discussion forum and downloadable textbook.