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The Student's Introduction to MATHEMATICA ®: A Handbook for Precalculus, Calculus, and Linear Algebra 1st Edition

4.6 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0521594455
ISBN-10: 0521594456
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Editorial Reviews

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"This book does a very good job of filling an important niche - giving mathematics students a thorough introduction to Mathematica without overwhelming them with the long manual."
Mathematics Teacher

"...a down-to-earth approach makes the book eminently readable and instructive...almost casually the reader learns how to make the program perform nearly any mathematical operation, from integration to finding eigenvalues or plotting intricate surfaces. A welcome book for anyone who needs to use Mathematica."
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"Generally, the text is friendly and easy to follow...Overall, this is an approachable and helpful text that looks like it has been tested in the classroom."
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Book Description

The use of Mathematica in university curricula has created a demand from undergraduate students who require a compact introduction to this exciting software package. In writing The Student's Introduction to Mathematica Bruce and Eve Torrence have supplied such a text. The unique feature of their book is that they present concepts in an order that closely follows a standard mathematics curriculum, rather than structure the book along features of the software. As a result, the book provides a brief introduction to those aspects of the Mathematica software program most useful to students. Furthermore, Mathematica commands are introduced as a means of solving problems and illuminating the underlying mathematical principles.The Student's Introduction to Mathematica can be used in variety of courses, from precalculus, through single and multi-variable calculus, to linear algebra.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 298 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1 edition (May 13, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521594456
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521594455
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,762,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Nicholas Vence on December 1, 2006
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This book is designed to jump start the reader's experience with Mathematica. Since people learn best by example, reviewing "basic" math examples (in Algebra, Calculus, and Linear Algebra) provides a "painless" introduction to the new environment. This book is not intended to be complete in any sense. But it WILL make you feel comfortable with the daunting new interface of Mathematica.

This is the only Mathematica book that I have finished; it was a great introduction, and I still use as a reference. If you are thinking about buying Mathematica--DON'T get it without some introductory book, and this one is a good start.

PS: For Matlab I recommend Learning MATLAB
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Version is outdated. Stops with Mathematica version six; current version is nine.
Programming section still quite valid, as are parts of chapters that are version independent. It is well written at a level that can be understood readily by beginning students - most particularly by those who have older versions of the software installed
Not as useful as updated version would have been.
I realize that it is difficult to keep up with program versions in a printed book. I should have been more observant in perusing the book, before ordering it.
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I read through this quickly today and found it very informative, if alittle short
on 'wow' factor. Learning Mathmatica depends on gaining a command of its
quirky syntax and i thought the author did a good job of guiding the reader through
an interesting array of examples in precalc, calc and lin alg, nicely driving home
various syntax issues in multiple contexts. Graphing and Manipulate functions get
special attention. The threshold issue on help books is "is this better than the
documentation". The answer is a decided yes. I might have wished for some extended
problem examples--like newton's method, or pendelum problem--that lend themselves
to the mathmatica notebook format. Minus one star for an unsatisfactory introduction
to wolfram programming. Overall--a very readable and likable presentation of an
exciting software. Addendum: added back a star after visiting the website and
downloading the reference notebooks--an awesome collection of syntax.
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I purchased Mathematica v. 8 as an adjunct to my college courses and was finding the included material to be, while thorough, lacking in actual application. I was also unable to shell out for their seminars so, I bought this book which has proved very helpful. It gives a general introduction to Mathematica and it's use using immediately applicable examples and follows by covering areas that are studied in a typical university progression: Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Linear Algebra and Matrices, etc. I find myself referencing it just because the examples are very complete. Also included are end-of-chapter exercises to enhance learning (it was written by a professor targeted to a student after all).
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This is a good way to quickly learn the basic syntax and commands of Mathematica so that you can begin using the software alongside your textbook.
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This book is easy to follow, explains things well and in detail, and builds on what you learn. It gives you examples which you can replicate and tweak. It has a troubleshooting chapter, which is very useful. It also has some exercises at the end of each chapter if you want to try out your skills. I highly recommend it!
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This book is easy to follow. It has relevant examples. However you have to watch for some mistakes. I would strongly recommend this book to a college/high school instructor or a student.

MZ
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