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Re: Teaching Using Octave
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A Scotte Hodel |
Subject: |
Re: Teaching Using Octave |
Date: |
Thu, 14 Apr 2005 06:52:11 -0500 |
I suggest Octave to my students as an alternative to MATLAB in my
courses. Regardless of which of these tools you use, I think that you
should expect to spend a total of one week (three 50 minute lectures)
in a given course to either review or tutor your students in either
tool. I've written a short MATLAB tutorial (a work in progress) for
one of our lab courses that may be of some assistance. See my course
weblog at
http://www.eng.auburn.edu/users/hodelas/classes/C315027937/E929813380/
index.html
The tutorial is in chapter 4.
Since most students are using Windows, I've also put up a copy of the
instructions on how to install Octave on windows at another weblog
entry:
http://www.eng.auburn.edu/users/hodelas/classes/C294999662/
E1746439820/index.html
(This one probably needs to be cleaned up)
A few students have installed Octave on their machines and have not had
any trouble adapting from MATLAB. If they install octave-forge
(from octave.sourceforge.net) then printing (export of plots to .jpg,
.eps, .fig, etc.) should be straightforward.
One course in which I used Octave is an undergraduate course in
stochastic signals and systems: my lecture notes are at
http://www.eng.auburn.edu/users/hodelas/classes/C1051586965/
E242544089/index.html
You will find several m-file examples listed in the index.
I hope that helps.
Yours,
Scotte Hodel
On Apr 13, 2005, at 6:04 PM, Burke, Dr. Richard wrote:
I know a bit about the history of Octave, and if I’m not mistaken,
several faculty have taught courses using Octave. I will be teaching a
course called Engineering Analysis in the fall, and I am thinking
about basing the course on Octave. The course is for junior level
engineers from mechanical, electrical, and related disciplines.
A few questions:
1. Is there anything published about your experience or the
experience of others in using Octave as the computational basis for a
course? There are countless books based upon MATLAB, MathCAD, etc.
2. Is the Octave documentation adequate for undergraduate
engineers? I am concerned about having the course devolve into a
software tutorial, and like most small college programs, we do not
have teaching assistants.
3. Any advice as to whether (or how) I should do this?
Thanks for any help you can give me.
_______________________
Dr. Richard Burke, '72
Chairman and Professor of Engineering
Maritime College
State University of New York
6 Pennyfield Avenue
Throggs Neck, NY 10465
Voice: 718.409.7411
Fax: 718.409.7421
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