EGR 103/Spring 2010

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EGR 103 is a required course for all students planning to earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Degree at Duke University. This page is meant to provide answers to general questions about the course, not necessarily specific questions about content. There is also a Category:EGR 103 that will list all pages relevant to EGR 103. Note at the bottom of this page that it is a member of that category. Finally, there is an EGR 103 Startup page in progress, meant as a kind of "Guide to your first 100 hours as a Pratt student."

Support Pages for Spring 2010


Do I need my own computer?

  • No. Having your own computer can certainly be a convenience, but it is not a requirement. You can do the work for this class on the public clusters around campus. On the other hand, if you do want your own computer, there's a page on Recommended Hardware with suggestions from various people about what to get.

Should I bring a computer to class?

  • Only if you plan to use it to test out code that's being talked about in class. Students sometimes bring computers to class to do other things, such as AIM, FaceBook, games, movies, etc. These are disruptions to the class and will not be tolerated.

Do I need to buy MATLAB?

  • No - MATLAB will be provided on Duke's public computing system. During the first classes and lab, you will learn how to access the public clusters and how to run programs on public clusters from your own computer. PCs (using X-Win 32, Mac (using X11R6), and Linux systems can all do this.

Should I buy the optional textbook?

  • The information in the LaTeX book is generally available elsewhere, but this book organizes it in a convenient way. If there are several engineers living near each other, you may decide to "pool" a couple books among the group.


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