A Beginner's Guide To Mathematica

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CRC Press, Jan 13, 2006 - Mathematics - 736 pages
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Because of its large command structure and intricate syntax, Mathematica can be difficult to learn. Wolfram's Mathematica manual, while certainly comprehensive, is so large and complex that when trying to learn the software from scratch -- or find answers to specific questions -- one can be quickly overwhelmed.

A Beginner's Guide to Mathematica offers a simple, step-by-step approach to help math-savvy newcomers build the skills needed to use the software in practice. Concise and easy to use, this book teaches by example and points out potential pitfalls along the way. The presentation starts with simple problems and discusses multiple solution paths, ranging from basic to elegant, to gradually introduce the Mathematica toolkit. More challenging and eventually cutting-edge problems follow. The authors place high value on notebook and file system organization, cross-platform capabilities, and data reading and writing. The text features an array of error messages you will likely encounter and clearly describes how to deal with those situations.

While it is by no means exhaustive, this book offers a non-threatening introduction to Mathematica that will teach you the aspects needed for many practical applications, get you started on performing specific, relatively simple tasks, and enable you to build on this experience and move on to more real-world problems.
 

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Contents

Introduction and survey
1
Computation examples
99
Graphics examples
209
Ordinary differential equations
303
Transforms
369
Integration
423
Special functions
451
APPENDIX 1
497
APPENDIX 2
599
References
693
Index
695
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David McMahon works as a researcher at Sandia National Laboratory, a Department of Energy facility. His research involves work on nuclear fusion and the design of nuclear-powered spacecraft. He has a master's degree in physics and a bachelor's in applied mathematics, both from the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in theoretical physics in the areas of quantum field theory and the use of general relativity. Mr. McMahon is a published author. Previous work includes two books on computer programming: "Rapid Application Development with Visual Basic 6" and "Rapid Application Development with Visual C++." He also wrote "Quantum Mechanics Demystified, " and was a contributing writer to "Ace the Technical Interview." All of his books are published by McGraw-Hill. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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