Working with Collections of Data¶
+to append strings and lists together.
*to create multiples of strings.
len(length) function to get the number of characters in a string or the number of items in a list.
Introduce a list as something that holds items in order.
Use an index to get an item from a list.
Introduce a for each loop, which loops through all the items in a list or string.
Show how to reverse a list.
Vary the change amount when creating a list using the
Generate a decreasing list with the
Introduce the rainfall problem.
Computers can work with more than just single values like 34.2 or single words like
Hi. They can also store large collections of numbers and letters and other objects. To manipulate the data, computers really just use the first three abilities that we have discussed: the ability to name things, the ability to repeat instructions, and the ability to make decisions. That means that computers have to be able to get single values out of those collections of data, and put single values back into them.
The rest of this chapter will give examples of using two data collections: strings and lists.