Introduction to Mathematica
Mathematica is a mathematical package that is quite intuitive and easy to use. On the plus side it is very good for calculus, graph theory, and 3D graphic rotations. It also allows easy in-line commenting. On the down side Mathematica requires one use strict syntax, and that you load external packages to perform many functions. Additionally, it undergoes big changes version to version so reverse compatibility is a problem.
At Bates, Mathematica is used some in math, and also in the physics department.
For more information about using Mathematica, thes resources are available online for you and yous students:
- http://www.wolfram.com/broadcast/screencasts/handsonstart/ for a video on the first opening of Mathematica 7
- More information on Mathematica ca be found at the Mathematica Learning Center (http://www.wolfram.com/learningcenter/).