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I am an academician and have been teaching postgraduate students of structural engineering since 1990. I work in the areas of structural dynamics and earthquake engineering and find Scilab to be a useful tool to teach structural engineering courses which use matrix algebra extensively.
NOTE: This course has shifted to the new P2PU site that can be accessed at http://new.p2pu.org/en/groups/getting-started-with-scilab/. You can login with the same account you use on the old site. In case you face any difficulty with registration, send me an email at satish DOT annigeri AT gmail DOT com
This course is for beginners with no previous experience with Scilab or other software similar to it (names not listed because it is part of the assignment for registering!).
Scilab is a free software for numerical computations and has its own interpreted programming language that can extend its existing capabilities. This course is intended for a beginner new to matrix software tools. Scilab has a large feature set, but this course covers only the basics.
The following points make Scilab an attractive choice for anyone requiring software for matrix algebra computations:
The primary motivation behind learning and using Scilab is that one can focus on the problem being solved instead of getting involved in programming and debugging C/C++/Fortran code for matrix algebra operations.
The course will cover the following topics:
By the end of this course, the student must be able to: