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Unformatted text preview: Worksheet #1 - PHY102 (Spr. 2006) This worksheet introduces you to the use of Mathematica . Mathematica is a programming language developed by Stephen Wolfram which has many appli- cations, e.g. , solving algebraic equations, differentiation, integration, making plots in two and three dimensions, etc. . You will also solve a couple of simple problems in mechanics using Mathematica . Getting Started 1. Logging in. A computer account has been set up on the linux computers in the computer lab in BPS1240. You will be handed a sheet of paper with your login instructions by the instructor along with this worksheet. Sitting at a computer you should be faced with a login prompt. Enter your username and password to log in. 2. Start mozilla (click on the “earth” icon on the toolbar at the bottom of the screen) and access the group web-page http://www.pa.msu.edu/ duxbury/courses/phy102/spring2006/PHY102.html 3. Get to know the linux operating system and basic commands and ac- tions you will need to know to be able to do to carry out the assignments in this course. Download the “Introduction to linux computing” help from the course home-page. You can print it out (print → print. It will come out on the printer in BPS1240) or read it online....
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