Help With These Web Pages

These pages assume modern browsers. In particular, the browser must support at least:

The following versions of popular browsers are sufficient:

If you must use an Apple Macintosh, the following, from Richard Cox, might be useful:

"I'm able to run most of the class applets in Mac OS 8.6 using Macintosh Runtime for Java 2.1.4, and the included Apple Applet Runner. Only the sound ones dont work. MRJ 2.1.4 is available for free on Just use the File->Open URL menu item, and put in the url of the page that applet would normally be on."
In addition, these pages assume a platform that includes a Symbol font. Regrettably, this excludes most Unix platforms. These pages are known to fully readable on Windows 2000, NT 4.0, 95 and 98.

About Fonts

Many of these web pages include mathematical expressions. Unfortunately, there is no acceptable way to do this today. The most portable way, the one that will work with all platforms, is to use GIF-encoded images for each mathematical symbol. This looks bad, especially when printed or when the font size on the screen is increased for easier viewing. Thus, we have opted for a non-portable technique, which is to use the Symbol font. Unfortunately, the Symbol font is not available on most Unix machines. The following character should be a right arrow: ® . If it is not, then you will not be able to read the mathematical expressions on most of the web pages. Until there is a better solution, we recommend reading these web pages from a machine running Windows (95, 98, NT, or 2000).

Help with Applets

Many of the web pages designed for this course include Java applets. If you have trouble getting these to run properly, check:

Help with Matlab software

If you are using the instructional computers in 105 Cory, Matlab is already installed. If you are using your own computer, you will have to have your own copy of Matlab installed on your PC. As of release 11.1, you can use the student edition of Matlab. For common problems with Matlab, see troubleshooting Matlab.

Help with the newsgroup

If you have trouble accessing the newsgroup, make sure your web browser is configured correctly. For example, with Netscape, under the Edit menu, select Preferences. Within the preferences dialog, select "Mail and Newsgroups." Under "Newsgroup Servers," make sure that your local newsgroup server is specified. At Berkeley, this is

Software Downloads

Here are some pointers to software that might be useful if you are using your own computer: