CS346 - Useful Links and Additional Notes
Instructions for downloading MATLAB
onto your computer. Note that this MATLAB, which is available through a Classroom License, may require that your computer have a Colby IP address for it to work, and it is licensed only for use for coursework, not research. (If you'd like more information on using MATLAB for research, feel free to ask your prof.)
"Getting Started" guide
from Mathworks is a good beginning reference. Please note that the "Getting Started" guide is not exhaustive--there are
important and useful features of Matlab outside of its scope. Please explore the Matlab help pages (using the help browser, the
window in the Matlab environment, etc.) for more about what Matlab can do. And as always, feel free to ask your prof. any questions as well!
programming style notes and guidelines
for our work with Matlab in CS346 this semester.
Can robots make good models of biological behaviour?
by Barbara Webb is available through the Colby Library.
Anonymous functions in Matlab are the kind of thing we're all accustomed to from lambda expressions in Scheme. Matlab provides some
documentation about anonymous functions in Matlab
, but I encourage you to do a web-search for other perspectives and information about anonymous functions as well!
(from a Davidson College website) gives a concise summary of how to apply the Runge-Kutta 4 simulation method to a second-order differential equation. It can be useful for coding a simulation of an undamped spring (see Ch.3.2 in our textbook).
is an electronic textbook for the neurosciences. Please read Chapters 1 and 2 as part of our work with the Hodgkin-Huxley model of action potentials in neurons.
article about the online simulator
used by Prof. Ahmad in his guest lecture about Hodgkin-Huxley. The article contains download links for the simulator, one for an IOS app and one for a Flash application. (Note: I have not tested those links.)
In preparation for Prof. Noh's guest lecture, please look through the paper
Cooperation and conflict in the social amoeba
. (I think the pictures in it are both informative and interesting!)