Although powerful and very popular in science and engineering, Mathematica can be difficult to learn because of its large command structure and intricate syntax. This book offers a simple, step-by-step approach to help newcomers to Mathematica build the skills needed to use the software in practice. Aimed at professionals with a good mathematics background, this book teaches by example, pointing out potential pitfalls along the way. In an easy-to-use format not found in other books and with a quick-reference guide in each chapter, it covers many of the general areas of mathematics, including entering equations, plotting, computing ordinary and partial differential equations, and linear algebra.
David McMahon works as a researcher in the National Laboratories on nuclear energy. He has advanced degrees in physics and applied mathematics, and has authored several DeMYSTiFieD titles, including "Quantum Mechanics DeMYSTiFieD, Relativity DeMYSTiFieD, Linear Algebra DeMYSTiFieD, Quantum Field Theory DeMYSTiFieD ", and "String Theory DeMYSTiFieD"
INTRODUCTION AND SURVEY Why Mathematica? Notebooks Entering data Data structures Programming Standard add-on packages Miscellaneous packages Palettes Other resources In conclusion COMPUTATION EXAMPLES The quadratic equation Singular matrices and inversion Linear regression An inverse problem GRAPHICS EXAMPLES Graphics primitives Plotting in two dimensions Pictionary of 2D graphic types Plotting in three dimensions Rotation through parity states ORDINARY DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS Defining, entering and solving differential equations TRANSFORMS Properties of linear integral transforms The Laplace transform The Fourier transform The z-transform INTEGRATION Basic integrals: polynomials and rational functions Multivariate expressions Definite integration Integrals involving the Dirac delta function Using the Integrate command Monte Carlo integration SPECIAL FUNCTIONS The Gamma function The Bessel functions The Riemann zeta function Working with Legendre and other polynomials Spherical harmonics Appendices References Index
David McMahon, Daniel M. Topa
BEGINNERS GT MATHEMATICA
Chapman & Hall/CRC
Chapman & Hall/CRC
Country of Publication
Albuquerque, NM, US