Department Guide

Table of Contents

Some Basic Rules [back to top]

Here are just few important rules about the lab:

  • You must save any files into your Documents folder. If you save files to any other location, they may be erased.
  • These computers should only be used for research, teaching classes, internet, or any other
    professional use. Storing movies, or music on the PC is not allowed.

  • The printer may not be used to print multiple copies. If you need multiple copies,
    you must use the math department’s copy services on the third floor. As a reminder, you
    must give at least 24 hours advance notice for copies.

  • The only software you are allowed to install is from the CLASnet Applications, which is located in
    Start -> Programs -> CLASnet Applications.

  • Food and drink are not allowed in the lab.

LaTex Resources [back to top]

TeX (pronounced ‘tech’) and LaTeX (pronounced ‘lay-tech’) are important tools, useful for almost any graduate student. For prelimina information about LaTeX, including installation instructions for Windows, Mac, and Linux, please consult the LaTeX Introduction Pamphlet. (This handout was created using LaTeX! You may download the source code here: source

If you have some LaTeX experience, you can review some basic topics by checking out these slides. This document was created using LaTeX, using the “beamer” document class. You may view the source for this presentation here. Note that if you are compiling this yourself, you will need to compile twice in a row for the table of contents bar (at the top of each slide) to appear.

These sample documents may give you a starting point to assist you in creating your own templates.

MathJax [back to top]

MathJax is a way of putting mathematical symbols on your webpage. Here is a simple example.

When editing your website try typing the following.


When \(a \ne 0\), there are two solutions to \(ax^2 + bx + c = 0\) and they are $$x = {-b \pm \sqrt{b^2-4ac} \over 2a}.$$

This outputs:
When \(a \ne 0\), there are two solutions to \(ax^2 + bx + c = 0\) and they are $$x = {-b \pm \sqrt{b^2-4ac} \over 2a}.$$

Here is another example.


$$\left [ - \frac{\hbar^2}{2 m} \frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2} + V \right ] \Psi
= i \hbar \frac{\partial}{\partial t} \Psi$$

This outputs:
$$\left [ – \frac{\hbar^2}{2 m} \frac{\partial^2}{\partial x^2} + V \right ] \Psi
= i \hbar \frac{\partial}{\partial t} \Psi$$

Home Access [back to top]

You are able to access your department file from home. To do so, you must connect to the UF network using a VPN client.

  • Once connected, do the following to access your documents:
       

    • Windows XP / Vista
      1. Connect to UF VPN.
      2. Click the Start button. Click Run.
      3. Type “\\smb.math.ufl.edu\gatorlink”, where “gatorlink” should be replaced with your gatorlink account name.
      4. When prompted, choose “UFAD\gatorlink” then enter your gatorlink username and password.

       

    • Windows 7
      1. Connect to UF VPN.
      2. While holding the windows button on your keyboard, press the “e” key. This will open the file explorer.
      3. Click on “Map Network Drive”
      4. For the folder, type
        “\\smb.math.ufl.edu\gatorlink”, where “gatorlink” should be replaced with your gatorlink account name. Click Finish.
      5. Click “Use another account”. Use “UFAD\[gatorlink]” as your account, where “[gatorlink]” is your UF username. Click OK.
      6. Your documents folder will now be mounted as a new drive on your computer, mostly likely the Z: drive.

       

    • Mac OSX
      1. Connect to UF VPN.
      2. Open Finder and click “Go -> Connect to Server…”.
      3. Type “smb://smb.math.ufl.edu/gatorlink”, where “gatorlink” should be replaced with your gatorlink account name.
      4. When prompted, enter your gatorlink username and password.

Help Section [back to top]

Still have questions?

  • Start by asking other graduate students for help. You may also ask the GMA webmaster.
  • The CLAS IT Help and How-To page provides some information.
  • Please email the webmaster with any useful information you find, so that this page can be updated.