Math Software Updates to Computer Labs & Classrooms over Winter Break

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On December 16, 2008

Over the Winter Break, IT will be upgrading computer labs and classrooms on campus with Mathcad 14, MATLAB 2008b (classroom), and Maple 12, which are newer versions of mathematical simulation software than is currently installed. This change is being made based on faculty requests to upgrade the outdated versions.

The software updates will take place as part of the IT re-imaging process of computer labs and classrooms, in conjunction with a number of other software updates that will take place at the same time.

Instructors who will be using any of these software packages for their classes can obtain a copy of the updated version of the software for their campus-owned desktops or laptops by contacting the Help Desk at 341-HELP or by submitting an online Help Request at

IMPORTANT NOTE: It is not possible (or desirable) to update all of the computer labs simultaneously with the new software. For the next few weeks, older versions of the software will be available on campus as well as the newer versions of the software. In some rare instances, both versions of software may even be available in the same computer lab, though not on the same machine (e.g. the Library CLC, which simply can’t be closed entirely for maintenance).

A file created on a machine with the new version may have difficulty being opened on a machine that is still running the older version of software. Newer versions of software should not have any difficulty opening files created in the older versions.

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On December 16, 2008. Posted in computer labs