# What are R and RStudio?

Learn what R and RStudio are and how to set up RStudio to start exploring the tidyverse.

## We'll cover the following

Before we can start exploring data in R, there are some key concepts to understand first:

What are R and RStudio?

How do we code in R?

What are R packages?

If you’re already somewhat familiar with these concepts, feel free to skip to the section where our first dataset has been introduced. This dataset includes all domestic flights departing one of the three main New York City (NYC) airports in 2013. This is also a dataset we aim to explore in-depth for much of the course.

First-time users often confuse the two. At its simplest, R is like a car’s engine, while RStudio is like a car’s dashboard.

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