Book description
Need to learn MATHEMATICA? Problem SOLVED!
Take full advantage of all the powerful capabilities of Mathematica with help from this handson guide. Filled with examples and stepbystep explanations, Mathematica Demystified takes you from your very first calculation all the way to plotting complex fractals.
Using an intuitive format, this book explains the fundamentals of Mathematica up front. Learn how to define functions, create 2D graphs of functions, write basic programs, and use modules. You'll move on to 3D graphics, calculus, polynomial, linear, and differential equations, dynamical systems, and fractals. Hundreds of examples with concise explanations make it easy to understand the material, and endofchapter quizzes and a final exam help reinforce learning.
This selfteaching guide offers:
 A quick way to get up and running on Mathematica
 Coverage of Mathematica 6 and 7
 Tips for avoiding and correcting syntax errors
 Details on creating slideshow presentations of your work
 No unnecessary technical jargon
 A timesaving approach to performing better on an exam or at work!
Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced user, Mathematica Demystified is your shortcut to mastering this fully integrated technical computing software.
Table of contents
 Cover Page
 Mathematica Demystified
 Copyright Page
 Contents
 Preface
 Acknowledgments

CHAPTER 1 Getting Started
 1.1 Starting Mathematica
 1.2 Entering Expressions
 1.3 Editing Cells
 1.4 Basic Arithmetic
 1.5 Using Previous Results
 1.6 Exact versus Approximate
 1.7 Using Functions
 1.8 Using Variables
 1.9 Using Comments
 1.10 Suppressing Output
 1.11 Aborting a Calculation
 1.12 Lists
 1.13 Palettes
 1.14 Saving and Printing Our Work
 1.15 Getting Help!
 1.16 Find Out More
 Quiz

CHAPTER 2 TwoDimensional Graphics
 2.1 The Plot Function
 2.2 Resizing Graphics
 2.3 Graphics Options
 2.4 Drawing Tools and the Graphic Inspector
 2.5 Using Epilog
 2.6 Mouseover Effects—Tooltip
 2.7 Animation—Using Manipulate
 2.8 Plotting Points with ListPlot
 2.9 Curve Fitting
 2.10 Plotting in Polar Coordinates
 2.11 Parametric Plots
 2.12 Drawing Shapes
 2.13 Saving and Printing Graphics
 2.14 Find Out More
 Quiz
 CHAPTER 3 Getting Help
 CHAPTER 4 Odds and Ends
 CHAPTER 5 Functions
 CHAPTER 6 ThreeDimensional Graphics
 CHAPTER 7 Calculus
 CHAPTER 8 Solving Equations
 CHAPTER 9 Working with Data
 CHAPTER 10 Dynamical Systems and Fractals
 CHAPTER 11 Looking Good
 Final Exam
 Answers
 Index

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Product information
 Title: Mathematica DeMYSTiFied
 Author(s):
 Release date: December 2008
 Publisher(s): McGrawHill
 ISBN: 9780071591454
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