# Instructions

## First step - Read the instructions!

In order that you can get the most from your lab sessions we believe that you need to come to class prepared. So the first thing you should do a few days before your lab is read through the instructions for the lab and watch the videos. When you've done this you should be ready to do the lab preparation exercise.

## Lab Preparation Exercise

Each week before your lab you must complete a lab preparation exercise that you will find on Blackboard under assignments. Note that the assignment will only be available up until the beginning of the lab section, even though its says that the deadline is unlimited on Blackboard. If you don't do it before your lab then you won't get the 35% of the credit for the lab that these exercises are worth! These assignments use Maple TA. There is a little bit of syntax you'll need to enter formulas. This syntax is similar to what you would use on a scientific calculator or other programs like Microsoft Excel. Here are some examples:

To multiply between different quantities: $2xy$ = 2*x*y

To put a to the power of b: $a^b$=a^b

Square Root: $\sqrt{x}$=sqrt(x)

Exponential: $\exp{x}$=exp(x)

Absolute Value: $|x|$=abs(x)

Scientific Notation: $1.2\times 10^{6}$=1.2E6

Lower indices: $x_{0}$=x_0

Greek symbols:

$\alpha$=alpha

$\delta$=delta

$\Delta$=Delta

$\eta$=eta

$\theta$=theta

$\kappa$=kappa

$\lambda$=lambda

$\mu$=mu

$\pi$=pi

$\rho$=rho

$\sigma$=sigma

$\tau$=tau

$\phi$=phi

$\omega$=omega

$\Omega$=Omega