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Teaching Using Octave

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

Maritime College

State University of New York

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