# Instructions

## First step - Read the instructions!

For you to get the most from your lab sessions you need to come to class prepared. The first thing you should do a few days before you go to lab is read through the instructions for the lab and watch the videos. You should then 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 to you until the beginning of your lab section, even though its says that the deadline is unlimited on Blackboard. If you don't do it before your lab you will not get the 35% of the credit for the lab that these exercises are worth! Since these assignments use Maple TA, you'll need to use a special but simple syntax to enter formulas. This syntax is probably similar to those you've seen or used before. Here are some examples:

To multiply different quantities: $2xy$ is 2*x*y in Maple TA syntax

To put a to the power of b: $a^b$ is a^b in Maple TA syntax

Square Root: $\sqrt{x}$ is sqrt(x) in Maple TA syntax

Exponential: $\exp{x}$ is exp(x)in Maple TA syntax

Absolute Value: $|x|$ is abs(x) in Maple TA syntax

Scientific Notation: $1.2\times 10^{6}$ is 1.2E6 in Maple TA syntax

Lower indices: $x_{0}$ is x_0 in Maple TA syntax

Greek symbols:

$\alpha$ is alpha in Maple TA syntax

$\delta$ is delta in Maple TA syntax

$\Delta$ is Delta in Maple TA syntax

$\eta$ is eta in Maple TA syntax

$\theta$ is theta in Maple TA syntax

$\kappa$ is kappa in Maple TA syntax

$\lambda$ is lambda in Maple TA syntax

$\mu$ is mu in Maple TA syntax

$\pi$ is pi in Maple TA syntax

$\rho$ is rho in Maple TA syntax

$\sigma$ is sigma in Maple TA syntax

$\tau$ is tau in Maple TA syntax

$\phi$ is phi in Maple TA syntax

$\omega$ is omega in Maple TA syntax

$\Omega$ is Omega in Maple TA syntax