Requirements for the class:
What do you need in terms of computer hardware/software?
A computer system with connectivity to the Internet, with
a sound card and speakers.
Access to a printer.
A Web browser. (Recommend: Goolge Chrome)
Adobe Acroread to read PDF files.
A free-version can be obtained from
- Multimedia player:
- (Old and Obsolete, Not recommend) Realplayer to play audio
files. A free-version (Realplayer version 10)
can be obtained from Real's home
site. These real audio files can be streamed down to your computer
or downloaded to your disk.
- (One alternative, RECOMMEND) MPC-HC, an opensourced media player based (but almost everything has been changed) on the classic media player in Windows system, versatile and easy to use.
- (Another alternative, RECOMMEND for Mac/Linux users) VLC player, another excellent player, with multi-platform support.
unzip downloaded files.
How to view the lecture material?
There are two types of lecture material
posted for each experiment: a presentation file with audio, and a lecture
note. The presentation file is saved in the .pdf format, with embeded links
to audio files, and the lecture note is also saved in the .pdf file.
You can play either file directly from
your browser, or download the ziped files to your local machine first and
then play them locally.
To be able to view the .pdf file, you
must have the Adobe Acroread.
To be able to listen to the audio by
clicking the link in the presentation file, you must have a multimedia player (see Above).
For you to see the .pdf file in the
browser window, you should install the Acroread application after you have
installed the Browser application.
(Obsolete) Play directly from your browser:
When you click on the presentation
file, you will see a pdf file in the following format. You must click on
the "show outline" to see the outline panel on the left.
- There is usually an audio stream assocciatd
with each slide.
When you click on the "Realplayer"
icon, the file is sent to you in a streaming mode from the Web server,
i.e. your Realplayer starts to play the audio before the file is completed
downloaded to your local computer.
When you click on the "sound" icon,
the file is first completely downloaded to your local computer, and then
Realplayer is lunched automatically to play the file.
Download ZIP files to your local computer:
You must use winzip to unzip these files.
You must save "slide presentation" and "audio" files in
the same directory. Then you can play the slide presentation file using
Acrobat Reader. Follow the instruction above.