HMC Math 73: Linear Algebra (Fall, 1999)
How to use MATLAB on KATO
Here are instructions for running MATLAB and storing a diary using the PC system "KATO". Everybody should have a KATO account (or be able to get one). I've tried this myself in the PC lab in Parsons and it seems to work, so I'm assuming (hoping?) it will work for anyone.
- Log on to the PC network ("KATO"), either from a PC lab (like Parsons 146) or from your dorm room, if that works.
- Once logged on, there should be an Application Launcher on your desktop, and the h:\ drive should point at your home directory on KATO.
- In the h:\ drive root, create a folder called matlab (or some such) to store your diaries.
- Start the Application Launcher, then choose "Mathlab52" from the "Math" group. (Note: avoid MATLAB5... I had some trouble with it)
- Before starting your MATLAB diary, type "cd h:\matlab" at the MATLAB command propt. This changes MATLAB's working directory to your matlab directory, and will cause MATLAB to save the diary file there. You may then start your diary as usual.
- Unfortunately, you'll have to use "cd" each time you run MATLAB. For more advanced PC users, it might be possible to create yourself a shortcut to MATLAB in your h:\ root and add these instructions to the shortcut, so that they're set by default when you run it. I don't know if this is possible, and didn't have time to look into it.
- Here are some general instructions for e-mailing the MATLAB portion of your homework directly to the grader. If you're not accustomed to using e-mail on Kato, I tried this last semester and it worked without much trouble, so you can give it a try...
- One you're finished with MATLAB and ready to e-mail your m-file and diary to the graders, select "Eudora(K)" from the "NetApps" group in the Application Launcher. This simple mail tool will let you e-mail out a file with the necessary attachments. Find and select "Options..." from one of the pull-down menus (I don't remember which one) to set your return e-mail address for outgoing mail (this will create a mail folder in your h:\ root so, in theory, you should only have to set your e-mail address the first time you use it). Note that Eudora will send e-mail even if you haven't given it your "from" e-mail address.
If you have any questions or comments about any of the above, feel free to e-mail me, and I'll try to keep this page current with helpful hints and what I know works.