Hello! This is a quick intro to programming in Python to help you hit the ground running with the 12 Steps to Navier–Stokes.
There are two ways to enjoy these lessons with Python:
You can download and install a Python distribution on your computer. One option is the free Anaconda Scientific Python distribution. Another is Canopy, which is free for academic use. Our recommendation is Anaconda.
You can run Python in the cloud using Wakari web-based data analysis, for which you need to create a free account. (No software installation required!)
In either case, you will probably want to download a copy of this notebook, or the whole AeroPython collection. We recommend that you then follow along each lesson, experimenting with the code in the notebooks, or typing the code into a separate Python interactive session.
If you decided to work on your local Python installation, you will have to navigate in the terminal to the folder that contains the .ipynb files. Then, to launch the notebook server, just type: ipython notebook
You will get a new browser window or tab with a list of the notebooks available in that folder. Click on one and start working!