Classes have really been eating into my research time. I successfully ran the codes that Lucas told me about. I've decided to pick up on code while I learn what it means to maximize my working time. They say that it's better to start working on something right away than read a lot of literature first. That's because you can be productive while you pick up the finer points of the research.
The group likes to use C++, but my background is in Fortran. There seem to be a lot of online sampler programs and books in the library that I want to use to learn C++.