[SciPy-user] Matlab, Scipy and teaching science

Morgan Hough morgan.hough at gmail.com
Thu Oct 20 04:55:03 CDT 2005


Python has been used here for physics teaching.

http://www-teaching.physics.ox.ac.uk/computing/ProgrammingResources/Oxford/handbook_Python_html/handbook_Python.html

Cheers,

-Morgan

On 10/20/05, Peter Bowyer <peter at mapledesign.co.uk> wrote:
> Hello Noel,
>
> At 09:55 20/10/2005, Noel O'Boyle wrote:
> >As you say, the biggest problem with Matlab is that it's neither open
> >source nor cheap.
>
> However when the university has a multimillion pound turnover each
> year the cost becomes less of an issue.  FWIW the aerospace
> department already requires its students to buy a copy for a course;
> so this argument isn't as strong as I'd like.
>
> >A package manager may be provided by the operating system - for example,
> >redhat linux uses yum, and debian linux has a fantastic package manager
> >(see http://packages.debian.org/stable/python/ for a list of available
> >stable packages for Python).
>
> I forgot to mention that the university has standardised on Windows
> XP now.  A debian-style package manager for Windows would be
> wonderful, but I doubt it'll happen (I can dream :-))
>
> >There are other editors. For example, ipython is closer to matlab, if
> >you install matplotlib.
>
> Thanks, I'd not tried that one.
>
> >I think it's there - if you set things up with ipython. But it's not
> >flashy or anything, true. You just type help(commandname) and get some
> >text, but this is usually sufficient if you already know which command
> >you want. Otherwise, you need to check out the tutorial.
>
> What's nice is when you can't remember the method name to have a
> search facility directly there in the editor.  That's probably
> showing my Windows/IDE heritage, but I like the ease it offers :)
>
> Peter
>
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