MAE 5 "Quantitative Computer Skills" Spring 2005 class is in Center Hall 212, 8-9:20 am.

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

Note: Since one of the computer monitors has been stolen, Academic Computer Services has been forced to close the laboratory except during the times of MAE 5 Sections until new security systems are in place. Any information about the missing monitor would be much appreciated.

The TAs are Greg (Erik) McKee, (858) 534-7888, (A02,A03), Karthik Nagarajan, (858) 452-6546, (A06, A07), Anish Karandikar , (858) 455-7645,, (A04) and Bryan Chu, (A01, A05). TAs will meet their Sections (TBA)for homework preparation and lab quizes in the MAE 5 laboratory 205 EBU II and will grade your work. Keep your homework and projects on floppy disks or CDs for backup. Laboratory sessions start April 5, 2005. Do the first homework set in class and turn it in during your section. The first lecture is March 29 and the first quiz March 31.

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). A PC laboratory in EBII 2003 is available for MAE 5. For students with home Macs (the read me file). For students without floppy drives on their personal computers but with CD drives, a disk has been burned with the True Basic & TB Ref for home files that you can borrow. Project #1 is due Friday 6 May, 2005, for all sections. Project #2 is due Friday 3 June, 2005 for all sections.

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. A WebCT dropbox system is in progress. Meanwhile, please arrange a method for submitting your homework folders and projects with your TA in Section or by email.

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.