UG4: Computer Algebra
This course runs in semester 2. See the
for further details (the code for Computer Algebra is "ca").
Location: 4.1, Lister Learning and Teaching Centre, Roxburgh Place
The schedule for this is shown below. Each of
the three assignments will be placed on this page at the time of issue
and printed versions handed out at the lecture on the date of issue.
Three exercises lasting 3 weeks each, note however that each can
be done within 2 weeks (the extra week is to help you with
scheduling your deadlines). Links will appear here at the
- Exercise 1: Exploring Axiom (Out: 14 Jan 2018, In: 4 Feb 2018)
Exercise 1 handout
Exercise 1 directory
- Exercise 2: Computing with algebraic extensions (Out: 4 Feb 2018, In: 4 Mar 2018)
- Exercise 3: Operations on ideals (Out: 4 Mar 2018, In: 25 Mar 2018)
Axiom is a powerful computer algebra system which
started being used for the course with the 2015-16 session. It is now
available for free (see the links below). The first site has various
other resources including a free book, also linked from the third
site. The main downside is that the interface is very old fashioned
by now but the things that matter most, the mathematical algorithms,
are very advanced. If you are using a Mac then make sure you have
installed X11 before running Axiom; for Windows follow the
instructions on the web site (regrettably I do not know how easy it is
to install in this case). Axiom has been tested here on Mac OS, DICE
and Windows. Click here
description of how to install Axiom on windows using Docker kindly
supplied by Raimon Wentzer.
Informatics DICE account
Please note that you will need an
account on the Informatics DICE system. If you are a student from
another school you will have been allocated an account so long
as you have registered for the course (which is required for attendance).
If you need help you can get it from the
support office in Room 4.11, Appleton Tower; this is normally open 14:00-16:00.
Make sure you take your matriculation
card when going to the support office. You also get online help here.
Kyriakos Kalorkoti, IF5.26a
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