EECS1560, Winter 2017

EECS1560: Introduction to Computing for Mathematics and Statistics
Winter 2017

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General Information
Important Dates
Course Handouts

General Information

Instructor: Eric Ruppert
Office: Lassonde Building, room 3042
Telephone: (416) 736-2100 ext. 33979
Lectures: Mondays and Wednesdays 15:30-16:30 in room 001 of the Accolade East Building
Labs: There are three lab sections, all in room S110 of the Ross (South) Building: Email: [my last name] (Please use a York mail account when sending me email, and start your subject line with "[1560]".)
Office hours: The course is over, so there are no more office hours.

Course Objectives

In this course, you will learn how to

Marking Scheme

4 lab tests (equally weighted)40%
Midterm written exam20%
Final exam 40%


Important Dates

First lecture Monday, January 9
Lab test 1 Week of January 23 (in your lab)
Lab test 2 Week of February 6 (in your lab)
Midterm test in lecture hall A of Lassonde Building Wednesday, February 15
Family Day (university closed) Monday, February 20
Reading week (no classes) February 20-24
Lab test 3 Week of March 6 (in your lab)
Drop deadline Friday, March 10
Lab test 4 Week of March 27 (in your lab)
Last class Wednesday, April 5
Exam period April 7-24



We are using the following online textbook for this course. This has the advantage that exercises can be completed online, and you will get instant feedback about whether your solution is correct. You can also print chapters from the online textbook if you want a paper copy for reference.

Andre Knoesen, Rajeevan Amirtharajah, Frank Vahid and Roman Lysecky, Introduction to MATLAB, zyBooks, 2016.

To purchase access to the textbook, go to and sign up for an account. Enter the zybook code YORKEECS1560RuppertSpring2017 and click subscribe. The price for the textbook is 57 US$ (or approximately 77 Canadian dollars).

Other Books for Reference

Computing Resources

For this course, you will need to use your Passport York username and password to perform the lab work. If you have forgotten your password or have not yet set it up, go to this link.

Web Links


This schedule is approximate and may be adjusted during the term. Try not to fall behind in the reading. The sections refer to the course online textbook. As you read the sections, you should also do the exercises that are scattered throughout the text.

Jan 91 and 2.1-2.5
Jan 162.6-3.4; Additional optional reading here and here
Jan 233.5-4.4
Jan 305.1-5.5
Feb 136.1-6.13
Feb 277.1-7.8
Mar 68.1-8.11, 8.14 (can skip 8.2 and 8.8);
Some notes for March 6 class (in a bit more depth than we had time for in class);
Optional additional reading for March 8 lecture: Sections 9.4-9.7 of this page. (Note that this classic physics textbook was written over 50 years ago, so the times given for doing arithmetic on computers are ridiculously slow.)
Mar 1310.1-10.10
Mar 2011.1-11.11
Mar 2712.6-12.9, 13.1, 13.3-13.5, 13.8
Apr 314.1-14.4, 14.9

Course Handouts

Updated May 3, 2017