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

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  • Date Published: May 2009
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  • isbn: 9780511512247

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  • The unique feature of this compact student's introduction is that it presents 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. The second edition of this well loved book is completely rewritten for Mathematica 6 including coverage of the new dynamic interface elements, several hundred exercises and a new chapter on programming. This book can be used in a variety of courses, from precalculus to linear algebra. Used as a supplementary text it will aid in bridging the gap between the mathematics in the course and Mathematica. In addition to its course use, this book will serve as an excellent tutorial for those wishing to learn Mathematica and brush up on their mathematics at the same time.

    • New fully revised edition for Mathematica 6 includes coverage of the new dynamic interface elements, a new chapter on programming, and several hundred exercises
    • Book is ordered sequentially by mathematical topic and is written in an easy to read, informal style, by professors who have been teaching these topics with Mathematica for 15 years
    • Website offers solutions to all exercises in the form of downloadable Mathematica notebooks
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '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.' CHOICE

    '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.' Computing Reviews

    'The book can be used as a supplementary text in calculus or algebra courses and also as a textbook for students who wish to learn Mathematica and use it to solve mathematical problems. The book is nicely written and is recommended to anyone studying mathematics.' European Mathematical Society

    'The unique feature of this book is that it presents concepts in an order that closely follows a standard mathematics curriculum, rather than structure the book along features of the software … Mathematica commands are introduced as a means of solving problems and illuminating the underlying mathematical principles.' ZDM - The International Journal on Mathematics Education

    'The book is written in a fashion that really every student should be able to follow it. The examples are neatly chosen, not too complicated, and Mathematica's capabilities are introduced deliberately … for the purpose and the level it is written for, the book is excellent.' Zentralblatt MATH

    '… a book that most students can benefit from.' MAA Reviews

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: May 2009
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511512247
    • contains: 50 b/w illus. 5 tables 220 exercises
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Getting started
    2. Working with Mathematica
    3. Functions and their graphs
    4. Algebra
    5. Calculus
    6. Multivariable calculus
    7. Linear algebra
    8. Programming
    Solutions to exercises

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    The Student's Introduction to MATHEMATICA ®

    Bruce F. Torrence, Eve A. Torrence

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    Bruce F. Torrence, Randolph-Macon College, Virginia
    Bruce Torrence is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Randolph-Macon College.

    Eve A. Torrence, Randolph-Macon College, Virginia
    Eve Torrence is a Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Randolph-Macon College.

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