Follow the instructions on installing Python and IDLE on your own computer on the Materials page of the course website, in the Handouts section. Be sure to install Python 2.6.x. Ask an LA for help if you run into any trouble. Before continuing, play around with the Python shell a bit and explore how you can use it as a calculator.
Leave a snapshot of your python terminal as the solution to this question.
MIT, EECS : A Gentle Introduction to Programming Using Python
Canelake, Sarina. 6.189 A Gentle Introduction to Programming Using Python, January IAP 2011. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), http://ocw.mit.edu (Accessed 08 Mar, 2012). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA