Math 400 Just Enough Python for Numerical Analysis

David Sklar and Bruce Cohen

Getting Started

Things to do to prepare for Thursday, January 28


Install Python 2.7

Install idle

We actually use Python by running a program called IDLE.

Once you have Anaconda installed, you need to put shortcut or alias on your desktop to make it easy to start idle.

Mac OS X

On a Mac, Anaconda is installed by default in in a folder named Applications/anaconda

idle is found in the bin folder

You can make an alias to idle

…and put in on your desktop.


On Windows, you are looking for idle.exe which is located in a subdirectory called Anaconda2/Scripts

You should make a short-cut to idle.exe

and move it to your desktop.

If you have questions, feel free to send me email: bic at