Monday, July 15, 2013

PYPTUG meeting - July 22nd


PYthon Piedmont Triad User Group meeting

Come join PYPTUG at out next meeting (July 22nd 2013) to learn more about the Python programming language, modules and tools. Python is the perfect language to learn if you've never programmed before, and at the other end, it is also the perfect tool that no expert would do without.


Meeting will start at 5:30pm.

We will open on an Intro to PYPTUG and on how to get started with Python, PYPTUG activities and members projects, then on to News from the community. After that, on to our main talk.

Main talk: Using Python to explore physics in video games

by Dr. Aaron Titus of High Point University

In 2012, Dr. Titus created a physics course for nonscience majors at High Point University called "Physics for Video Games." The course combines physics experiments, physics theory, and video game development using VPython.

Physics content includes a subset of topics in classical mechanics, such as kinematics, reference frames and relative motion, Newton's laws, inelastic and elastic collisions, and conservation of momentum. For each topic, there is an experiment and programming activity. Many of the resulting programs resemble classic arcade-style games like Pong, Space Invaders, Lunar Lander, Tank Wars, and Asteroids, for example. An outline of physics topics and examples of programming activities will be presented.

Hands On: Raspbian alternative on Raspberry Pi Part Deux

Pidora - Raspberry Pi Fedora Remix Tor

There will be a quick hands on session with Pidora (with Bluetooth) and a TOR Project access point.

Lightning talks!

After the main talk, we will have some time for extemporaneous "lightning talks" of 5-10 minute duration. If you'd like to do one, some suggestions of talks were provided here, if you are looking for inspiration. Or talk about a project you are working on.

Already committed:
  • HTTP and Requests by Don Jennings
  • No processing required: PyFirmata + Arduinos by Francois Dion



Monday, July 22nd 2013
Meeting starts at 5:30PM



We continue to have the meetings at Wake Forest University, close to Polo Rd and University Parkway:

Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27109

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See also this campus map (PDF) and also the Parking Map (PDF) (Manchester hall is #20A on the parking map)

And speaking of parking:  Parking after 5pm is on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The official parking policy is:
"Visitors can park in any general parking lot on campus. Visitors should avoid reserved spaces, faculty/staff lots, fire lanes or other restricted area on campus. Frequent visitors should contact Parking and Transportation to register for a parking permit."

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