This is a summary of what I plan to discuss in four days of Unix class. I will expect that you have read all of these pages by the beginning of the indicated classes. You are welcome to read ahead if you like, but be aware that I may update a page and you would have to check it for new information.
We will do some lab exercises together during class. Points will be awarded for participation, not perfection.
Review the Quiz Notes (posted 2004-10-19)
These are not required for the quiz, but may be very helpful for Wednesday's in-class lab exercises and for your mini-project due next week.
If you have not used Unix before, you will be encountering a lot of new terminology. I will do my best to introduce it in an understandable sequence, however you may want to find more about these new words and programs at:
Class will begin with a quiz on the Introduction to Unix concepts discussed in class Monday and summarized on the Quiz Notes page. You are strongly encouraged to study the Quiz Notes before Wednesday's quiz. They are not to be used during the quiz.
We will then proceed to apply what we learned Monday by extracting data from files and creating 3D images from this data. Here are the PowerPoint slides for Wednesday's class. (updated 2004-10-20)
Your project assignment is to create a 3D image from some data that is of interest to you and that would be meaningful when viewed in three dimensions. This is not a semester project; keep it small and simple. A few hundred rows of data (e.g. coordinates of 400 earthquakes) will probably be fine.
If you cannot find any useful data, I will provide some, but as an incentive to do some looking on your own, my data will not necessarily be the easiest for you to work with. Here are some links for your project:
Your first attempt at creating a 3D image is due at the beginning of next Monday's class. You do not have to have a working 3D image at this time, but you must have made a significant effort. For full credit, you must:
Your first attempt at creating a 3D image is due at the beginning of class. You do not have to have a working 3D image at this time, but you must have made a significant effort.
Things almost never work right the first time you create a program. I do not expect you to create a complete 3D image right away. Of course, if you do, that's great! But I expect most students to encounter some difficulties. We will discuss those difficulties in class Monday, and try to find solutions.
Return to your 3D image project and get it working, using the troubleshooting tips discussed in class. Your 3D image is due before the beginning of class Wednesday 2004-10-27. For full credit, you must:
Your completed, working 3D images and scripts are due at the beginning of class.
GMT (the Generic Mapping Tools) is a collection of free programs. Browse through almost any geology-related scientific publication and you will find that a good percentage of the maps and diagrams have been produced with GMT. (posted 2004-10-27)
The capabilities of GMT go far beyond what we can cover in a single class session. I will present a tour of some basic features, and discuss how GMT maps can be included in your HoloDraw drawings.