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)

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, ...)

    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.