1240 BPS Linux Account
To access your account on Departmental servers remotely you need a terminal
client. To permit display of graphics from the math software there, that client
should have X Windows capability. X Window software is included in the Linux
and some Mac OS X systems. For Windows and Android, free software X Window
software is available for installation, such as MobaXterm and Xming.
To access a Departmental server remotely, from the terminal session execute the
command 'ssh YourUsername@bps1240-xx.pa.msu.edu' . In the command, substitute
'xx' with a number between 10 and 26 and 'YourUsername' with the username for
your account. At any one time one or more of the servers may be off. To exit
the server, execute the command 'logout' under Unix.
To start Mathematica without graphics execute the command 'math' and to start
with graphics - 'mathematica'. In the latter case, you thereafter need to open
a Notebook. Matlab is activated using the 'matlab' command and IPython Notebook
is activated using 'ipython notebook'. Description of the commands employed
within either software can be found by searching the Internet, e.g. 'solve
differential equation using Mathematica'. Given the reliance of the textbook on
Mathematica, the homework instructions will invoke the latter package, but you
are free to carry out any equivalent tasks using the other packages.
Last revised: September 22, 2014.