16.16. Group Work - Classes, constructors, attributes, and methods¶
It is best to use a POGIL approach with the following. In POGIL students work in groups on activities and each member has an assigned role. For more information see https://cspogil.org/Home.
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Students will know and be able to do the following.
Identify the parts of a class
Explain what a constructor (initializer) is and what it does
Explain what the __str__ method does
Explain the difference(s) between a function and method.
Create new objects and name them
Create new methods
Look the code below. It defines a class. it also declares methods which are functions that are defined inside of a class. One of the methods is automatically called everytime a new object is created by the class. One of the methods is automatically called when you print an object of the class.
16.16.1. A Book Class¶
Run the following code
Look at the class definition. It starts with the keyword
class. Then answer the following questions.
Q-4: Describe in your own words what the
__init__ method does.
Q-6: Describe in your own words what the
__str__ method does.
Q-9: Describe in your own words what is/are the difference(s) between a function and a method.
Put the code blocks in order below to create a class
Person with a
__init__) method that takes a first and last name and a
__str__ method to return a string with the first and last name separated
with a space.
Q-12: Describe in your own words what
16.16.2. Create More Book Objects¶
Change the following main function to create a third book object called b3 with a title of “1984” and author “George Orwell”. Print out the values using the print function in the main.
Change the following main function to add a person object with your first and last name.
16.16.3. Add a Method to a Class¶
Change the following Person class to add an
initials method that returns
a string with the first letter in the first name and the first letter in
the last name in lowercase.
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