During the math department orientation sessions at the start of each academic year, the computer staff runs a few computing-related sessions. This page outlines the material discussed during the "Introduction to Computing" session.
Table of contents
Basic help and support resources
- University Resources and Policies
- Department of Mathematics Resources and Policies
- Safety and Security
Most of the information contained in this introduction can be accessed directly from the math department computer support website. In general, if you have computing-related questions or comments, please contact the computer system staff either by sending an e-mail to email@example.com, or by filling out our web feedback form.
University Resources and Policies
University Information Technology Services (UITS)
- Site Licenses - Free or inexpensive software site licensed by the University of Arizona.?? Free Sophos anti-virus software is available from this site with free updates from the University of Arizona. (Note: The math department requires all computers in our building, including personal laptops, to run some type of up-to-date anti-virus software. We have instructions for installing Sophos on your machine.)
- Computer Labs on Campus
- UAConnect Web Email
- Research Computing Services
- Other Campus Resources
- University of Arizona policies and regulations about content, privacy, usage.
Department of Mathematics Resources and Policies
Operating system platforms:
- Microsoft Windows
- Apple Mac OS X
Personal web pages:
- Remote shell access:
- Remote desktop access.
- FAQs about general computing related services (for faculty, visitors and staff).
Computer lab facilities and policies
The math department maintains the following computer facilities. The departmental body responsible for computer related policymaking is the Computer Committee.
- Math 401 - faculty/visitor/staff lab.
- Math 224, Math 401N - graduate student labs.
- Four additional heavy-duty computing machines for graduate students.
- Math 101 and Math 102 - instructional labs.
- MTL 121 - tutoring room.
- Shared laser printers in Math floors 2-7 and in the grad labs and 401.
- Color image flatbed scanners in Math 401 and Math 227.
Important general safety and security remarks
- Virus savvy: never open e-mail attachments for which you don't know who the sender is. If you do happen to open an attachment with a virus, immediately notify the computer support staff.
- To plug a personal equipment (e.g. laptops) into the math department building network, your equipment must be approved and registered or you will not be able to access our printers or intranet.
- If you need to connect remotely to a network be it the U of A Math Department network or any other network always use the secure (encrypted) - SSH, SCP, SFTP connections. The old TELNET, FTP, RLOGIN protocols are deprecated since they are not secure. Do not use them!
- Make sure your anti-virus software is always up-to-date.
- At no cost to you, download and install Sophos anti-virus on your computer (even if it stays at home)!
- Regularly backup files.
- Make sure that you periodically change your password.
- For additional security and network related issues consult the network FAQs.