The Student's Introduction to Mathematica: A Handbook for Precalculus, Calculus, and Linear Algebra (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/1/29
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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.
'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
Programming section still quite valid, as are parts of chapters that are version independent. It is well written at a level that can be understood readily by beginning students - most particularly by those who have older versions of the software installed
Not as useful as updated version would have been.
I realize that it is difficult to keep up with program versions in a printed book. I should have been more observant in perusing the book, before ordering it.
on 'wow' factor. Learning Mathmatica depends on gaining a command of its
quirky syntax and i thought the author did a good job of guiding the reader through
an interesting array of examples in precalc, calc and lin alg, nicely driving home
various syntax issues in multiple contexts. Graphing and Manipulate functions get
special attention. The threshold issue on help books is "is this better than the
documentation". The answer is a decided yes. I might have wished for some extended
problem examples--like newton's method, or pendelum problem--that lend themselves
to the mathmatica notebook format. Minus one star for an unsatisfactory introduction
to wolfram programming. Overall--a very readable and likable presentation of an
exciting software. Addendum: added back a star after visiting the website and
downloading the reference notebooks--an awesome collection of syntax.