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Unformatted text preview: 2011 - Steven Tschantz Notes on Mathematica Steven Tschantz 2/10/11 Summary We have had nearly five weeks of practice with the basics of Mathematica and will have a test of your knowledge and profi- ciency with regards to the following. 1. Navigation and editing in notebooks. This is an obvious prerequisite for doing anything with Mathematica . 2. Evaluation of input. Mathematica is better than a word processing program only if you also can do computations. 3. Basic syntax. You need to know parentheses are for grouping, functions require brackets around arguments, braces denote lists, double brackets index in lists. Mathematica uses capitalized names for its built-in functions. Otherwise, formulas can, for the most part, be input using ordinary mathematical operators and precedence. 4. Mathematica objects. You should now that numbers can be exact or approximate and be able to convert exact answers to approximate. Symbols are treated as variables unless assigned values or otherwise defined. Expressions are built up from such atomic objects by applica- tion of a function expression (usually just a symbol) to argument expressions given in brackets, though common expressions...
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This document was uploaded on 10/28/2011 for the course MATH 256 at Vanderbilt.
- Spring '11