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 email@example.com
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
(go to it, click "Create account" at upper right)
2. Enter our zyBook code: UTKMath171AlexiadesFall2017
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)
Install Matlab (or FreeMat) on your laptop.
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
open source super-matlab (but not 100% compatible), get it from
Or perhaps could use
Participation Activities (PA) and Challenge Activities (CA) in zyBook
Quizes: 4 to 6 of them, NO MAKEUPS. (actual: 3)
Computational Labs: 8 of them
(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.