Mathematica: A Practical Approach

Nancy Blachman
Published by Prentice-Hall

ISBN 0-13-563826-7

What readers say about this book.

Whether you are just starting out with the program, or you're an experienced user, in my unbiased opinion what you need to know to harness Mathematica's full potential is in Mathematica: A Practical Approach.

From the Preface

You will see through actual patterns of usage how Mathematica can help you to simply such tasks as

Can't you learn Mathematica from Stephen Wolfram's book Mathematica: A System for Doing Mathematics by Computer? Yes, but it's a bit like learning English from a dictionary. As the definitive reference for Mathematica, Wolfram's book describes all the functions built into the program. On the other hand, my book focuses on how to use Mathematica. It provides examples of useful constructs and functions, problem sets as well as their solutions. It also describes features available on specific versions of Mathematica. In my book, I strive to show the versatility of the program as well as its limitations. This book is intended to get you up to speed quickly.

I has been giving workshops in Mathematica to engineers, scientists, and mathematicians across the country. I has put those years of experience into this easy-to-understand Mathematica tutorial book.

It answers a variety of commonly asked questions like:

Mathematica: A Practical Approach is conveniently divided into 3 sections -- each with its own special focus and practical tips to help you work effectively with and program in Mathematica.

MATHEMATICA: A PRACTICAL APPROACH is considered by many to be the standard introductory text on Mathematica.

Information for Ordering the Book

    Pages: 384 List price: $35 Publisher: Prentice Hall Title: Mathematica: A Practical Approach Author: Nancy Blachman ISBN: 0-13-563826-7

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This book has been translated into Dutch, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Table of Contents

    Part I: Introduction to Mathematica 1 Chapter 1: Getting Started with Mathematica 3 Chapter 2: Numerical Capabilities 23 Chapter 3: Algebraic or Symbolic Capabilities 45 Chapter 4: Graphics 65 Chapter 5: Getting Around with Mathematica 107 Part II: Programming 115 Chapter 6: List Manipulation 117 Chapter 7: Assignments and Rules 137 Chapter 8: Data Types 155 Chapter 9: Writing Functions 167 Chapter 10: Local Variables & Procedural Programming 181 Chapter 11: Pattern Maching 191 Chapter 12: Anonymous (Pure) Function 203 Chapter 13: Traps, Pitfalls, and Debugging 211 Chapter 14: Input and Output 229 Chapter 15: Packages 247 Part III: Appendices Appendix A: Answers to the Exercises 269 Appendix B: Bibliography 309 Appendix C: Commands 313 Appendix D: Directories of the Mathematica Packages 323 Appendix E: Electronic Information 331 Appendix F: The Front End 335 Appendix G: Glossary 341 Appendix H: Help 345 Appendix I: Index 349 Appendix J: Just What More? 365

Nancy Blachman / / May 17, 2003