Plotting and Programming in Python


Dec 1 and 8, 2022

9AM - 4:30PM EST

Instructors: Sheldon McKay, Marina Lehmkuhl

Helpers: TBA

General Information

Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

For more information on what we teach and why, please see our paper "Best Practices for Scientific Computing".

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Where: 777 Old Sawmill River Road, Tarrytown, NY, 10591. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: Dec 1 and 8, 2022. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below).

Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. For workshops at a physical location, the workshop organizers have checked that:

Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop and large-print handouts are available if needed by notifying the organizers in advance. If we can help making learning easier for you (e.g. sign-language interpreters, lactation facilities) please get in touch (using contact details below) and we will attempt to provide them.

Contact: Please email for more information.

Roles: To learn more about the roles at the workshop (who will be doing what), refer to our Workshop FAQ.

Code of Conduct

Everyone who participates in Carpentries activities is required to conform to the Code of Conduct. This document also outlines how to report an incident if needed.


Please be sure to complete these surveys before and after the workshop.

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


Day 1

Dec 1, 2022 | 9:00AM - 4:30PM | 32-133
Before Pre-workshop survey
09:00 Setup
09:30 Automating Tasks with the Unix Shell
12:00 Lunch break
12:30 Plotting and Programming with Python 1
16:15 Wrap-up
16:30 END

Day 2

Dec 8, 2022 | 9:00AM - 4:30PM | 34-328
09:00 Plotting and Programming with Python 2
12:00 Lunch break
12:30 Plotting and Programming with Python 3
16:00 Wrap-up and Post-workshop Survey
16:30 END