Welcome to the lab.
In this study you will be investigating different models and theories
of the evolution of cooperation in animals. In order to conduct this study
you will need a few tools. Namely, you will need a reasonably fast computer
hooked up to the internet, and a java enabled web browser. If that sounds
a little confusing, don't worry. The fact that you are reading this means
that you are almost there. The main questions are, "Is your computer
fast enough?" and "Is your web browser Java enabled?" Let's
tackle the former question first.
Is your computer fast enough?
- There are two things that will affect the speed at which this lab will
operate on your computer. The first is the speed of your internet connection.
If you are using the campus ethernet, you should be just fine. If you are
dialing in from elsewhere I recommend at least a 28.8k connection, although
a 14.4k could do the trick. The second aspect that will affect the performance
of this lab on your computer is your processor speed. At a minimum you
should be using a 486/66 for Windows, or a 25Mhz 68040 for Mac. Things
sure would be a lot zippier, however, if you used a Pentium for Windows,
or a PowerMac. Most of the computers in the labs on campus should be perfectly
Is your web browser Java enabled?
- Unlike the last question, this one has a definitive answer. Java is
the computer language of the world wide web. It can be used to provide
programs to people over the internet within their web browsers. The advantage
of Java is that no matter what platform you are working on (Mac, Windows
etc.) you can use the programs. Now, to answer this question simply scroll
down to the bottom of this paragraph. Do you see a picture of Duke, the
Java guy (a black and white triangle with a red nose)? If you click on
it does it wave to you? If so, you are using a Java enabled browser, and
you can skip to the first page of the lab by clicking on the next (right
arrow) button at the bottom of the page. If you don't see it, click here for help on obtaining a Java enabled browser.
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