You may use any software in the course to complete the assignments and labs. The official course software packages are either MATLAB or Python. Solutions to questions and class discussions will use either programming languange. Please note: the computer laboratories only have MATLAB installed.
Microsoft Excel is not recommended: it cannot perform some of the calculations and plots that you will require in the course, and its accuracy is very poor (the article documents several functions that produce incorrect results).
It is expected that you work through these tutorials on your own.