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The Mathematica ® Primer

The Mathematica ® Primer

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  • Date Published: May 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521637152

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  • This book is a short, focused introduction to Mathematica, the comprehensive software system for doing mathematics. Written for the novice, this engaging book contains an explanation of essential Mathematica commands, as well as the rich Mathematica interface for preparing polished technical documents. Mathematica can be used to graph functions, solve equations, perform statistics tests, and much more. In addition, it incorporates word processing and desktop publishing features for combining mathematical computations with text and graphics, and producing polished, integrated, interactive documents. You can even use it to create documents and graphics for the Web. This book explains everything you need to know to begin using Mathematica to do all these things and more. Written for Mathematica version 3, this book can also be used with earlier versions of the software. Intermediate and advanced users may even find useful information here, especially if they are making the switch to version 3 from an earlier version.

    • This book describes not only Mathematica commands, but also the user interface for Windows 95, Macintosh and Unix platforms
    • This book is based on the authors' collective experience teaching Mathematica-based courses over the last five years
    • Mathematica is an incredibly rich and complicated software system; this book focuses on the essentials, without getting sidetracked by the fine points
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    "Coombes and colleagues offer a `short, focused introduction to Mathematica,' designed to be useful to beginners as well as more experienced Mathematica users. The text is well written; graphics are used effectively." Choice

    "This book is an excellent first course in Mathematics 3 for the uninitiated. Overall, the book achieves the purpose of a "primer" admirably, and I can recommend it to both the instructor and the student studying independently." Siam Review

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    • Date Published: May 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521637152
    • length: 236 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 191 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 92 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    1. Getting started
    2. Mathematica basics
    Practice set A: Algebra and arithmetic
    3. Mathematica notebooks
    4. Beyond the basics
    5. Mathematica graphics
    Practice set B: Calculus and graphics
    6. Applications
    7. Mathematica and the Web
    8. Troubleshooting
    Solutions to the practice sets
    Glossary
    Index.

  • Authors

    Kevin R. Coombes, University of Maryland, College Park

    Brian R. Hunt, University of Maryland, College Park

    Ronald L. Lipsman, University of Maryland, College Park

    John E. Osborn, University of Maryland, College Park

    Garrett J. Stuck, University of Maryland, College Park

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