UTK - Math171 - Alexiades
MATH 171 Fall 2017
Computer Literacy for Mathematics

Computers and Programming for Beginners
TR 12:40-1:55 Ayres G013   (CRN 51412)
http://www.math.utk.edu/~vasili/171/

Prof. Vasilios ALEXIADES   Ayres 213   974-4922   alexiades@utk.edu
Office Hours: TR 2:30-3:15 and by arrangement

Course Objectives: Essentials of computers and computing. We will cover:
• Algorithms and programming, mainly in MATLAB, some Python, gnuplot.
• About operating systems (UNIX/Linux and Windows) and tools
• How the Internet and WWW work (TCP/IP, client/server, SSH, SCP, ...)
• Applications to scientific computing (roots, quadrature, least squares, statistics, ...)

Texts:
customized learning environment   zyBook on computing and Matlab programming (online):
1. Create an account at   learn.zybooks.com   (go to it, click "Create account" at upper right)
2. Enter our zyBook code:  UTKMath171AlexiadesFall2017
3. Subscribe
A subscription is \$50 and will last until Dec 25, 2017: How to subscribe

Physical Modeling in MATLAB  by Allen Downey, 2009. (free, online or download PDF)

Software: Install Matlab (or FreeMat) on your laptop.
• Matlab: UT has site license, so free for students, see Matlab , login with your NetID, select MathWorks ,
download (from MathWorks), read the "How to Install" document which will contain an activation code

• FreeMat: open source super-matlab (but not 100% compatible), get it from   FreeMat
Or perhaps could use Matlab Online
• Activities (online): Participation Activities (PA) and Challenge Activities (CA) in zyBook
• Quizes: 4 to 6 of them, NO MAKEUPS. (actual: 3)
• Computational Labs: 8 of them
• Final exam
• (updated) Course Grade = (10%)PA + (20%)CA + (20%)Quizes + (40%)Labs + (10%)Final exam
• Do NOT miss class.
• Do ALL assigned work promptly, before and after class.
• DO NOT hesitate to ask questions and seek help.
• Try VERY hard not to fall behind; it is always very difficult to catch up.
• Do not hesitate to came talk to me if you are facing difficulties.
!!! GOOD LUCK !!!

• All incidents of academic misconduct will be reported to the Student Judicial Affairs office.
• If you need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability, please contact me privately.
Contact the Office of Disability Services (2227 Dunford Hall, 974-6087) to coordinate reasonable
accommodations for documented disabilities.