# 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

## In the lab

Note that you can not redo a lab to improve your score and that your grade for a given lab is awarded to you by the TAs before you leave the lab room. In this course you do not prepare a written lab report to be submitted after the lab session.

### Things to bring to lab

• Your own headphones/buds if you want to listen to the videos while doing the lab. As just about everyone has an ipod/phone/other mp3 player we figure it's better you use your own than we try to provide you with these. Each computer has two headphone jacks. 