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That's not a bad tutorial, but it has some things that as I understand are specific to their school computer and will be different in pretty much any distro you will use, and that might be confusing for newbies. It's still a good tutorial, but I just want the OP to keep this in mind if (s)he reads it.
Hi, read a bunch of stuff on the Scientific Linux site.
Most of the material relates to using the Scientific Linux interface.
If you know how to use linux these instructions should be adequate, if you don't know linux then you must learn it first. There are several packages with different names and this site has a download of a complete linux system. Download and install this linux version because Scientific Linux will not be anything like Ubuntu or Debian. Gnu also has a complete linux system you can download and install. If you like a challenge Slackware is my favorite. These distributions are all free and set-up is a cake walk with all of them. Just make sure that the machine you use is not configured for Windows because linux will lack the (proprietary) drivers for some on board stuff. A generic PC is the ticket and you can go to many linux sites where they each spell out exactly the best hardware to use. Really stretch your brain matter and build it yourself, there is no soldering to do it is all like lego, you just assemble it.