|From:||Burke, Dr. Richard|
|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
State University of New York
6 Pennyfield Avenue
Throggs Neck, NY 10465
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