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ASTR415/688 Survey


Computational Astrophysics

The following survey is meant to assess the level of computer expertise among class participants. It will not be graded. Please be as accurate as possible so we can all get the maximum benefit from this course.

  1. How would you characterize your level of familiarity with computers in general, whether PC, Mac, Sun, or other, and whether running or writing programs?
    [   ] Master [   ] Expert [   ] Skilled [   ] Novice [   ] Help me!

  2. How familiar are you with the Unix operating system?
    [   ] Master [   ] Expert [   ] Skilled [   ] Novice [   ] Unix?

  3. What do the following Unix commands do (``dunno'' is an acceptable response):
    1. cat:
    2. grep:
    3. sed:
    4. awk:
    5. make:

  4. List any other operating system environments you're familiar with, indicating your level of expertise:

  5. How familiar are you with the C programming language?
    [   ] Master [   ] Expert [   ] Skilled [   ] Novice [   ] It comes after A and B, right?

  6. What do the following unrelated C statements do (``dunno'' is OK!):
    (a)
    ++i;
    (b)
    for (n=2;n<=100;n*=2) printf("%d\n",n);
    (c)
    i = *(&j);
    (d)
    buffer = (double *) malloc(100*sizeof(double));
    (e)
    a->b = c.d;

  7. List any other programming languages you're familiar with, indicating your level of expertise:

  8. How familar are you with the sm plotting package?
    [   ] Master [   ] Expert [   ] Skilled [   ] Novice [   ] Er, what's sm?

  9. Have you used any of the following plotting/visualization packages:
    1. gnuplot? [   ] YES [   ] NO
    2. IDL? [   ] YES [   ] NO
    3. NCAR graphics? [   ] YES [   ] NO
    4. Other(s) [specify]?

  10. Do you know how to:
    1. Surf the web? [   ] YES [   ] NO
    2. Deal with multimedia content (audio, video, etc.)? [   ] YES [   ] NO
    3. Print colour output? [   ] YES [   ] NO
    4. Use PowerPoint or OpenOffice? [   ] YES [   ] NO

  11. Which is your favorite Internet search engine:
    [   ] AltaVista
    [   ] AskJeeves
    [   ] Excite
    [   ] Google
    [   ] Yahoo!
    [   ] Other [specify]:

  12. Have you ever:
    1. Used a supercomputer (e.g. Cray T3E, SGI Origin, etc.)? [   ] YES [   ] NO
    2. Written parallel code? [   ] YES [   ] NO
    3. Written assembly code (yikes!)? [   ] YES [   ] NO
    4. Used revision and maintenance software like CVS? [   ] YES [   ] NO
    5. Written your own HTML code (web page)? [   ] YES [   ] NO


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Derek C. Richardson 2005-01-27