Computer Science 145
The primary programming language for our course will be MATLAB, which is commerical software for mathematical computing sold by MathWorks. You may use it in one of four ways:
SLU has an educational license making MATLAB available in our classroom as well as most of the computer labs in MDH.
The software is installed on the server for the Department
of Mathematics & Computer Science
(turing.slu.edu). It is found in the
A student license to install MATLAB on your personal computer can be bought for a reduced price (~$100).
You might instead choose to install the freely-available software known as octave. Although octave is not precisely a clone of MATLAB, it was developed to be compatible with the syntax and to support many of the same libraries and graphical capabilities. octave should suffice for working on projects in this course. The most convenient site for downloading and installing octave is http://octave.sourceforge.net/.
You may always type help from within the Matlab command for general advice, or help linspace for help on a specific function (e.g., linspace).
A MATLAB "cheat sheet".
A 20-page "quick reference"