Sunday, August 31, 2008

Any ideas for B. Sc IT Projects?

OK so we all know about the inventory project, the library management system, accounts receivable, websites for colleges, etc. Do YOU have a new idea to try out? If you are in FY or SY, start thinking of your projects now.

Here are a few ideas you may wish to think about:
1. Implementing bar code in library mgt systems.
2. Applications of RFID
3. Finance Management system (for an individual or a family)
4. Examination results system for B. Sc (IT) students (with all the provisions for linking multiple attempts at n-number of ATKTs !)
5. Personal Information Managers (PIM)
6. Attendance Management system
7. Steganography (Try this site:

Come and share your ideas for other projects...

Computational Mathematics through Excel

Computational Mathematics through Excel:

This is the first in a series of workshops I intend to organise in the B. Sc (IT) department, and this one is specifically meant for Second Year B. Sc (IT) students of the current batch of Elphinstone College only. Depending upon the success of this, we may keep it open for others as well!

The idea is this: The syllabus plays its role in defining what a student MUST know. But is there something else that a student CAN know or is WILLING to learn beyond the syllabus? I believe many students have the burning desire to explore more and find newer ways of doing things. This workshop is intended to help them achieve something beyond the syllabi.

Contents: This first workshop will cover topics related with computational mathematics: interpolation techniques, solutions of linear equations by graphical, and other techniques such as cramer's rule, Gauss method, matrix calculations, etc, eventually leading to the solution of LPP and transportation problems.

Input (Your Effort): - It's assumed that you are self-motivated and are WILLING to learn. So you must devote time to this course. Officially, this course will last just 4 days (2 hrs a day). But assignments have to be done by you after the course.

Methodology: Completely hands-on approach. I will provide the basic notes that are needed to get started, so there should be no problem.

Prerequisite: Its assumed that you have used atleast the basic features of Excel.

When: First week of September 2008.

Whom to Contact: Register immediately with Sandeep of SYBSc (IT). We have only 20 seats available.

Fees: Commitment and time from the student.

Is it compulsory to join this course to pass in SYBSc Computational Maths? Ofcourse NOT.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Computational Mathematics - Examples on Difference Operators

Ex 1. For the function f(x) = x3 - x2 + 5, create the forward difference table. Range of values of x is -2 ≤ x ≤ 3

Ex 2. If y = x3 + x2 - 2x + 1, calculate values of y for x = 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and form the difference table. Find the value of y at x = 6 by extending the table and verify that the same value is obtained by substitution.

Ex 3. Form the forward difference table for the function f(x) = x3 + 5x - 7 for x = -1, 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Continue the table to obtain f(6) and f(7).

Ex 4. Construct the table of differences for the data given below:
f(0) = 1.0, f(1) = 1.5, f(2) = 2.2, f(3) = 3.1, f(4) = 4.
Evaluate Δ3f(2).

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Computational Mathematics - Algorithms

Newton-Raphson Method - Algorithm

Step 1. Read the initial approximation x0, and the number of iterations 'n'.

Step 2. Define f(x), the given function and f'(x), its derivative.

Step 3. Calculate f(x0) and f'(x0).

Step 4. Calculate the next approximation x1 by using NR formula.

Step 5. For the next iteration, replace x0 by x1.

Step 6. Repeat steps 3, 4, and 5 for n iterations.

Step 7. The approximate value of the root is obtained in x1 in the last iteration.

Step 8. Display the root and stop.

Computational Mathematics - Assignment #1

1. Find the real root of the equation x3 - x - 1 = 0 between 1 and 2 by using the bisection method.

2. Find the root of f(x) = ex - 4x = 0 using the Regula-Falsi method.

3. Use the R-F method to find the roots of the equation e-x - x = 0. Assume the two initial guess values as 0 and 1.

4. Using Newton-Raphson method, solve the equation x - e-x = 0.

5. Develop a C program to evaluate the root of a function of the form f(x) = 0 using the Newton-Raphson method.

6. Derive the relation E = 1 + Δ

7. Derive the relation E-1 = 1 - ∇

8. Show that Enf(x) = f(x + nh)

9. Show that E-nf(x) = f(x - nh)

10. Show that EE-1 = 1

11. Show that the nth difference of a polynomial of degree n is constant.

12. Find the polynomial of degree 3 which takes the values as shown below:
f(0) = 1, f(1) = 1, f(2) = 2, and f(4) = 5.
[Hint: Since points are equally spaced, use Lagrange's Interpolation technique.]

Contest by Oracle Education Foundation

Oracle Education Foundation Invites Students And Teachers To Take Part In ThinkQuest International 2008. Details are available at this site.

Students interested in participating in this International competition must immediately contact me by email or personally.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

FYBSc IT First Test TimeTable - Sept 2008



For all subjects:

Duration: 1 hour

Max Mks: 25

Date Time Subject

1.9.08 (Mon) 12.30 – 1.30 PM IITA

1.9.08 (Mon) 2.00 PM – 3.00 PM DE

2.9.08 (Tues) 12.30 PM– 1.30 PM DCF

2.9.08 (Tues) 2.00 PM – 3.00 PM C Programming

3.9.2008 (Wed) H O L I D A Y

4.9.2008 (Thurs) 12.30 PM– 1.30 PM Maths - I

C Assignments #1

Review Questions:

1. What are some uses for comments?
2. Why is indentation important?
3. What are the largest & smallest values that can be stored in an int type variable?
4. What is the difference between the constants 7, '7', and "7"?
5. What is the difference between the constants 123 and "123"?
6. What is the function of the semicolon in a C statement?
7. State the various data types in C language.
8. Explain why the largest value that can be stored in an int type variable is 32767?

Programming Exercises:

1. Write a program to print the numbers from 1 to 10 and their squares:

1 1
2 4
3 9
10 100

2. Write a program to print this triangle:


Don't use ten printf statements.

3. What would be the equivalent code, using a while loop, for the following example ?

for(i = 0; i < i =" i" i =" 0;" i =" i" style="font-weight: bold;">Programming exrcises 5, 7 and 8 are for journal.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Campus Placements 21st Aug 2008

Patni Computers will be visiting the IT department on Thursday, 21st Aug at 9 AM for campus placements. Students of TYBSc (IT), TYBSc (Physics / Maths / Stats) are welcome to attend a presentation and an aptitude test at 9 AM.

Please bring an updated resume. Please remain seated in Room 112 latest by 8.45 AM.

Congratulations to TYBSc (IT) - Sem VI First Class Holders

Congratulations to NARA SHRAVAN for securing a DISTINCTION at the TYBSc IT. With 77% marks, he has done Elphinstone proud.

There's also the complete list of all those students who have secured a FIRST CLASS. Check out the list on the College Web site.

CONGRATS to all of you and all the best in your future endeavours too.

IT Fest

IT students are a restless lot. If its not sports or dancing or music or singing, then there MUST be something else to keep them busy! OK, we are talking of the IT Fest here. The demand has been there for some time, and we all envy other colleges that have the IT fest, so why not Elphi? Indeed, why not?

But hey, we need VOLUNTEERS. Students who can run around, come up with new ideas, and of course collect a lot of money. Who will do this? Of course the students.

So if you want your own IT fest, get started NOW. First lets discuss this - come up with ideas for events (OK I know about the DJ part, but aur kya ?) . Lets also plan out when to have this - Dec seems to be the best time as we will all be free from exams ka tension by then. The weather around this time is also pleasant so running around isn't taxing. We need teams, team heads, we need ideas, posters, we also need lots of money. So you need to use all your contacts and pull the right strings to get this money.

OK so if you are game for this, just send me an email (elphiit at better still meet me to discuss how YOU can help. But we have very little time, so it needs to be planned meticulously and immediately. Get going.

Can IT be misused for teaching?

Teaching hasn't undergone many changes inspite of recent advances in information technology. Nor has learning for that matter. But one of the most noticeable effects of IT on teaching has been the use of powerpoint presentations in the classroom.

Now I must state emphatically that I am one of the strongest advocates of use of IT in teaching-learning process. But using powerpoint presentations for teaching subjects such as C programming, Java programming, mathematics? I am not sure that helps at all. The only person it helps is the teacher who doesnot have to prepare the subject but only prepare the powerpoint presentations. I mean, its one thing to know a subject and come and discuss it in the class on a blackboard with nothing but chalk and duster. It shows the mastery of the teacher on the subject. Programs do not suddenly appear on the mind's screen, rather they develop gradually, as on the blackboard, as the teacher writes out each statement and encourages the student to think (or guess) of the next step. That is how programs develop, isn't it? On a powerpoint presentation its all too easy to see one step after the other appear magically; where's the thought process? OK I know you can use custom animation to bring one step at a time, but still it does not reflect the thought process that goes on in the mind of the teacher, something I know that even students can appreciate.

Such powerpoint presentations may be good for discussing topics such as systems analysis and design, MIS, CRM, and to some extent networking (provided you involve some simulations of the networking process). Even there, the presentation becomes useful if each point/slide is discussed in detail. But merely displaying the slides and reading out what is already there for all to see is a big NO-NO. Students CAN read, but they may need help in understanding, so DISCUSS and DONT READ. But using PPTs for teaching programming is just not done, unless you want to show a form (as in VB or Java) or certain aspects of web designing.

Technology is a double-edged sword, and the misuse of PPTs in the classroom is one of the disadvantages of powerpoint presentations.

(Note I have deliberately used small letters for powerpoint presentation - generally, nowadays, this term encompasses all types of presentations, not necessarily those created with Microsoft PowerPoint).

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

ITonians Celebrate Friendship Day on 4th Aug

The enthusiasm was there for all to see. Friendship day was celebrated and right from morning 8 am the IT department wore a festive look. Last minute practice, tying friendship ribbons, eating "wada pav", photographs, etc. It was truly a department come alive!

Not to be outdone by students, our young faculty members Sheetal and Shivranjani, helped by Edith and Suraj Naik joined in the celebrations and made sure that this would be a day to remember.

And indeed what a day it turned out to be! Music and dance dominated the evening's function in the College Hall and there was dumb charades too. Of course our studious ITonians had also "planned" a quiz, a debate, etc, etc. But I think the music and dance were too good. After all when you have salsa and folk dance from, among others, Manjushree and Swati, you couldn't care to trouble your brains with a quiz or spoil a lovely evening with a debate, would you? I must say that students organised the function very well. Our office staff, especially Shri Ramane was most co-operative, looking after the audio equipment. Staff of the IT dept Sandeep, Gaikwad, Munna, Vitthal and Nikhil were present right till the end of the function at 7 pm.

Inspite of being very busy with her administrative and teaching duties, our Principal, Dr Lakshmi Vyas was kind enough to grace the occasion and all the ITonians were very appreciative of this fine gesture on her part.

It was well past 7 pm by the time we packed up and went back home with the feeling that this was indeed a great day. New friends were made, old friendships renewed and a great time had by all.

Keep it up ITonians.

Campus Placement - Aug 21, 2008

Patni Computers will be visiting the IT department for campus placement on 21 Aug 2008 at 9 am. Students of B. Sc (IT) (3rd year) and also of TYBSc -Physics, Maths, or Stats are eligible to appear for an aptitude test on 21st Aug. Please be present in Room 112 in IT dept by 8.45 am. Come with your updated resume and photocopies of marksheets.

Camous Placements - Student Volunteers Needed

Many companies approach the College for conducting Campus Placements. Student volunteers are needed to manage the process of campus placement. Those interested may send me an email at Students of SY preferred but others are also welcome.

TYBSc (IT) VI Results

Mumbai University has finally declared the results of Sem VI exam that was held in April 2008. Check out your result at

What's This About?

This blog is all about the B. Sc (IT) course at Elphinstone College, Mumbai. B. Sc (IT) is a 3-year full time degree course of the University of Mumbai. Based on semester pattern, the course has a tremendous market value and is among the most sought after courses in Mumbai Univesrity.

The need for this blog arose because I felt that as the Co-ordinator for B. Sc (IT), I needed to communicate lot of information to students pursuing this course. Although I meet my students everyday in College, there are occasions when I need to pass on some information but my hectic schedule does not allow that liberty. Also, many a times, certain information comes in late or is of such a nature that I cannot put it all up on the department notice boards. So, what better way to communicate with the tech savvy students of Elphi then this blog!

So what goes here? Well, everything that I feel is important; notices, messages, lecture notes, questions, answers, campus placement news, your doubts, your feedback, your fears, apprehensions, your likes and dislikes and your DREAMS!

So come and share all these through this blog. It's purpose is primarily academic in nature but ofcourse we can discuss other matters as well.

Join the bandwagon and start rolling!!