"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."
"...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."
"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."
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.