Python is a popular scripting language. It is on the top 5 of the TIOBE index, and is very popular in scientific computing, in some fields more popular than commercial platforms like Matlab or Mathematica.
- Check out the Python website for more information about Python itself, but don't download Python from that website!
- The MPR module uses Anaconda. This is a distribution which supplies a full scientific programming environment. There is a local mirror of that here. Use Anaconda3.
Python 2 vs Python 3
Python 3 came out in 2008. The problem was that it was not backwards compatible with all Python 2 programs. This delayed adoption, especially in the scientific community. There is probably no reason to use Python 2 any more.
Plotting is done using the matplotlib library. The website contains documentation as well as a large gallery of examples.
The SciPy website also has a lot of examples in their Cookbook. Topical ones include
The department also maintains a small cookbook notebook.
Thermo-Physical Properties of Materials
Have a look at CoolProp. It is a thermo-physical property database with properties of many common pure substances. It has a python package as well as an Excel add-in.