MAE 5 "Quantitative Computer Skills" Fall 2006 class is in PCYNH 106 , 8-9:20 am.

Detailed information about the course schedule and homework problem assignments are given in the course outline ( PDF version of course outline requires Acrobat reader version 5 or later). HTML version of course outline is here.

The TAs are Christian Deck, 858-534-0882,, 263 EBU2 (A01,A02, A03), Herman Wong, 510-759-1300, (A04,A05,A07). Sections A06 and A08 have been cancelled. The TAs will meet their Sections (TBA) for homework preparation and lab quizzes in the MAE 5 laboratory 205 EBU II and will grade your work. Keep your homework and projects on floppy disks, memory sticks, or CDs for backup. Laboratory sessions start Sept. 26, 2006. Do the first homework set in class and turn it in during your section. The first lecture is Sept. 21 and the first quiz Sept. 26. Procedures for submitting your homework and projects will be explained in section by your TA.

Guidelines for projects

For those students with home Windows PCs. Getting True BASIC for your machine, transferring files between W-PCs and Macs, distributing programs to friends and relatives (the read me file).

True Basic for use at home is site licensed for the UCSD community and can be obtained by the ftp protocol. You can get practice versions from the True Basic website.

Information about True Basic: John G. Kemeny and Thomas E. Kurtz invented the BASIC programming language in 1964 for use at Dartmouth College. They made it freely available to everyone who wanted to learn how to program computers.

In 1983 they created True BASIC to incorporate and showcase all the exciting new developments they had added to their language, which had now become a world standard. It was designed to be both easy to use for beginners and powerful for advanced programmers. More people in the world use BASIC than any other programming language. The UCSD site licensed True Basic Bronze program (unlimited license for UCSD students and faculty) that you will copy in the laboratory and use in the course is the full-featured language system:

  • New programs have no line limitations (the Student Edition is limited to 150)
  • The utilities used to create independent programs for distribution to friends (or resale!) are included. A pdf bulletin from True Basic gives instructions for this process.
  • UCSD students and faculty now have key access to the Bronze (and maybe someday the Silver) editions of True BASIC (more standard functions than 2.72, include jpg files in PICTURE subroutines, etc.). Here is another method for including PICT, JPEG and MS BMP files.
  • More information about the program can be obtained as follows:


    Quizzes (grades,solution) Class List

    Final Grades


    The psychologists corner.