- Mathematica Intro Course
Mathematica is a tool "for doing mathematics by computer". The
course is designed for beginners and will survey the basic
functions offered by Mathematica, for example: algebraic manipulation,
calculus, solution of differential equations, graphing, data-plotting
Mathematics to A' level or equivalent.
- Intro Course: TeX and LaTeX
TeX is a macro-expansion computer language for typesetting.
It is particularly valuable for documents containing a lot of
mathematics. It is now nearly 20 years old but produces documents of
typographic quality superior to most, if not all, wordprocessors,
including MS Word. Many scientific journals and books are produced
using TeX. Most users find there is a steep learning curve to be
travelled before TeX can be used effectively; LaTeX eases matters by
providing templates and formats for just about every type document
of document conceivable including letters, theses, papers,
presentations...TeX/LaTeX includes bibliography functions; can
produce PDF documents directly; can help you design and implement
your own fonts; there is even a variant (TeXInfo) designed for
producing on-line, hyperlinked documentation.
- A Crash Course in C
C is a systems-level computer programming language, that is, one works
at a higher level than assembler, but lower than, for example, Pascal,
Java or Fortran --- it is difficult to write machine-independent code in C.
In this course we will survey most of the features offered by the language;
there will be practicals in which you will edit, compile, run and debug
simple programmes. We will not look at C++ (or Objective C). We will
use the Free Software Foundation's GCC compiler as this is available on
Linux, Solaris and Windows, and indeed on many other platforms.
Previous experience of programming is required for two reasons: firstly
because C is a difficult first language and secondly because the course
necessarily moves at speed.
- An Introduction to Fortran 90
- An Introduction to Java
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