Last updated: August 2012
This page will have basic information, links to other pages, and PDF files that may be useful to you.
Accessing MATLAB: MATLAB runs from ANY networked computer (e.g. your dorm room, the Math Lab in KH 318, etc). To access it, go to http://ctx.loyola.edu and login using your Loyola username and password. You can also access Citrix through "Anywhere Apps" from Inside Loyola. Once you login you will see folders and applications. Open the "Academic Applications" folder and you'll see MATLAB R2010b (or some other number/letter for a different version). Click on the MATLAB icon and off you go ...
Note: It is possible that the first time you run Citrix on your computer, you may have to install some client software on your machine. The easiest way to do this is if you go directly to ctx.loyola.edu and there will be a clear "INSTALL" button for you to press and start the installation. I have heard that Citrix does not run well on the Chrome browser.
Advice: If you find the connection with Citrix to be slow, the computers in the Math Lab (KH 318) have Matlab installed on them so there's no need to run Matlab through Citrix on these computers! All students enrolled in a MA/ST 200+ course has keycard access to the lab. If you don't, please see me right away to give you access.
Obtaining MATLAB for your computer: You may purchase the student edition of MATLAB (it is relatively inexpensive - about the same price as a TI graphing calculator!) from our bookstore or from The MathWorks Inc. If you're planning on either going to graduate school or taking more numerically intensive courses, then I would suggest buying it. Note that there are some features on the campus versions that may be unavailable in the student edition, although we haven't needed any of these features.
WARNING: many things have changed since September 2010 about the OTS websites, Technology Services and Citrix. I'm trying to update these pages as I notice the changes but I apologize in advance for outdated information being here.
More information (by no means a complete list):
- Beginner's Guide to MATLAB, a PDF document by Dr. Christos Xenophontos, especially pages 1-13 and the sections about plotting.
- Graphics in MATLAB: An overview, a PDF document by Dr. Christos Xenophontos
- Examples of MATLAB files found on the H-drive: (using CITRIX)
- Within MATLAB, click on on top right corner after the "Current Directory" drop-down list.
- Click on "My Computer"
- You should see a list of several drives, one of them being your
G-drive. Below that you should see
shared on 'adfileprod01' (H:). Click on that.
- Click on Apps, then MatlabFiles. Within that directory, you can click on various directories to see various files. (For example, H:\Apps\MatlabFiles\loberbro\ma351\PlotExamples)
- Once in the directory of your choice, you should see a bunch of files listed in your "Current Directory" window on the left.
- Open and/or run these files, and maybe even save them to your drive so you can change and re-run them to experiment with the commands.
- Online help within MATLAB and any other book or resource
- How to succeed in college math courses
- The Ten Commandments of Mathematics
- Common errors in undergrad math
- The MathWorks, Inc. (creators of MATLAB)
- Old online MATLAB Tutorials (U. of Michigan)
Dr. Lisa Oberbroeckling
312 Knott Hall
loberbro "at" loyola "dot" edu