Math 171 - Fall 2021
Computer  Literacy  for  Mathematics

Computers and Programming for Beginners
  TR 1:10-2:25 in Ayres 110   (in-person class)

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    Ten Commandments of Computer Ethics
    "The nice thing about computers is that they will do exactly what you tell them to do.
    Unfortunately, they will do it exactly, so you need to get your instructions exactly right."
                      --David J. Eck, The Most Complex Machine, p.173
    "A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history,
    with the possible exception of handguns and tequila."
                      -- Mitch Ratliffe, Technology Review, Apr. 1992

    How-To and Tools
  • How-To Essentials (unix,vi,zip,Xwindows,gnuplot,f77,WWW) PDF for printing
  • Linux cheat sheet , very extensive, more than you really need...
  • gnuplot basics ,   a short intro ,   gnuplot FAQ,   the gnuplot site   and   gnuplot for win32
    gnuplot - How to print ,    gnuplot - On the fly (on unix/Linux)  and  template (for win or linux)

  • WSL_ubuntu (setup instructions) simplest way to have Linux on Windows10   ← NEW
  • VirtualBox next best way to have Linux on Mac or Win   instructions and set up shared folder
  • tcsh shell in Linux: setup-tcsh
  • A matlab clone GNU Octave   available for all platforms (free!)
  • An even better super-matlab FreeMat   for all platforms (free!)
  • Fortran and C compilers for linux/windows/mac: gfortran   gcc   (free!)
  • zip archive/compress for win32/64 (zip/unzip entire folders): 7-Zip   (free!)
  • VI editor vim ,   most powerful editor, available for all platforms (free!)   vi_QuickGuide.pdf
  • Postscript viewer: GSview for win32 (for .ps files) (free!)
  • Remote login tools for win: PuTTY and PSCP   or:   openSSH   or:   SSH Tunnel   (free!)
  • X Windows on your PC:   Xming   or   NX Free   ...but best is   WSL for Win10 or VirtualBox !
  • LaTeX help 1.1
  • UTK computer and email accounts , in particular Linux/Volweb accounts
  • UTK-ORNL Joint Institute for Computational Sciences (JICS)
  • Research and Education in Computational Science and Engineering SIAM Review, Sep 2018 ( excellent overview of the field)
  • Thoughts about Mathematical Modeling(.pdf) by A. Neumaier,   and a nice overview of Numerical Analysis(.pdf) by A. Iserles
    Interesting/Useful sites
  • How Stuff Works ,   in particular
    About Mathematics
  • DeepXDE: A Deep LearningLibrary for Solving Differential Equations , by Lu-Meng-Mao-Karniadakis, SIAM Review 63(1):208-228 ← NEW
  • The role of applied math in real-time pandemic response, excellent talk by Nina Fefferman (UTK), Apr.2020 ← NEW
  • Math in Our Lives Video Series, from SIAM, 2019
  • But what is a Neural Network? But what is a PDE? excellent videos by Grant Sanderson, of many at 3Blue1Brown
  • Timelind of Mathematics from 500BC to today, nice infographic
  • Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age, Pew Research, Feb.2017   profound questions about the future...
  • The Map of Computer Science   and   The Map of Mathematics , by Dominic Walliman, 2017 (excellent videos!)
  • Big Data: Frontiers in Massive Data Analysis Nat.Academies Press 2013, and What Does It Take SIAM News,2013
  • Mathematical Sciences in 2025 Nat.Academies Press 2013 ... and extracted Findings
  • LOGICOMIX, An epic search for truth told in a brilliant graphic novel, must read!
  • SIAM:   Math Matters, Apply It! Mathematics Awareness Month
  • Mathematics - The Science of Patterns and Algorithms by Ingrid Debauchies
  • Mathematics as a Key to Key Technologies (.pdf) excellent paper by H. Neunzert
  • SIAM Undergraduate Research Online (SIURO)
  • Mathematicians of the Day     and     Famous Scientists chronology (from Kai Lai Chung: Green, Brown, and Probability,1995)
  • How Google Finds Your Needle in the Web's Haystack
  • The $25,000,000,000 Eigenvector: The Linear Algebra behind Google ( SIAM Review 48(3):569-581, 2006)
  • Sparse-Land ( SIAM Review 51(1):34-81, mar2009)   the latest glory of linear algebra   and a tutorial
  • Making Do with Less: An Introduction to Compressed Sensing ( SIAM Review 55(3):547–566, sep2013)   central ideas
  • Jobs in the New U.S. Economy 2016-2026 : mathematician ranks very high, 33% growth projected
  • Cheer up, Math/CS/Engineering are most Lucrative College Majors:   Economic Value of College Majors
  • SIAM Career Center and Careers in Applied Mathematics (SIAM brochure)   . . .   and some funny occupational descriptions
  • Median salary for doctorate recipients in 2017: business, economics, math-CS are highest by far
  • Worldwide Job Market for Mathematicians
  • STEM Links (excellent, includes Career Resources)   and   7 facts about the STEM workforce, Jan.2018
  • Data Science Career ...most in-demand and lucrative field in job market today (requires programming/stats/math) Feb.2018
  • STEM jobs growth 2009-2015, math jobs grew 40%, by far highest!
  • Jobs Rated 2014: #1 Mathematician, #2 Professor, #3 Statistician, #4 Actuary !!!
  • Rankings of Mathematics Graduate Programs   (according to YOUR criteria)
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