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RE: Teaching Using Octave

From: Ryan Peterson
Subject: RE: Teaching Using Octave
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 12:02:27 -0500

I may have just what you need. As a student I worked with David Cook at Lawrence University to develop a text for computational problem solving in undergraduate physics. As part of my work, I adapted the introductory chapter of Matlab for Octave. I think it's only shortcomings are that it was written at a time when N-d arrays weren't available and has no notes on the install. If you're interested I can make up a postscript file of the chapter.

Best of luck,
Ryan Peterson

From: "Burke, Dr. Richard" <address@hidden>
To: <address@hidden>
Subject: Teaching Using Octave
Date: Wed, 13 Apr 2005 18:04:45 -0500

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

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