Monday, August 29

Today’s class will be a LaTeX workshop held in a computer lab in ECCR 235.

Please bring a laptop if that’s easy for you, as there are slightly too few terminals in the lab for our class.

To do for today’s class:

  • Read Section 3.3 up to the beginning of Section 3.3.1 in your text.
  • Read Section 2.2 of your text.
  • Read Chapter 2 of The Code Book (or at least start).
  • Reminder to get organized with your study group for this week’s assignment (Mission #1, at left)
  • Note:  The Cryptosystem Organizer sheet (find it under ‘Resources’) is a study tool.  I urge you to fill out one for each of the cryptosystems we study, as an exercise for yourself, during review for the quizzes.

Friday, August 26

To do for today’s class:

  • Read Section 2.3 of your text (Vigenere Cipher). I will talk about this briefly in class, but I’m going to let you learn it mostly from the book and Mission #1.  So you should make sure you read 2.3 carefully again in advance of Mission #1.
  • Finish Chapter 1 of the Code Book.
  • Arrange with your group to meet sometime next week before the Groupwork due date of Friday, Sept. 2nd.  I suggest you meet early in the week, because you may get stuck on some of the problems during the first meeting and have to meet again later in the week.  Don’t leave it to the last minute.

Wednesday, August 24

To do for today’s class:

  • Please bring a laptop or tablet to class if possible (not required, but helpful).
  • Please read About, Goals and Grading on the website and generally explore it to become familiar.
  • Read Chapter 1 of your text.
  • Read Chapter 2 beginning and Sections 2.1, 2.4
  • Read the Introduction and Chapter 1 of The Code Book (Simon Singh) or at least get started.
  • I invite you to read The Adventure of the Dancing Men by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (not required, but fun!)
  • Note: today in class we’ll arrange study groups.