Re: MMA List

*To*: mathgroup at yoda.physics.unc.edu*Subject*: Re: MMA List*From*: "C.T.J. Dodson" <dodson at ecf.toronto.edu>*Date*: Tue, 28 Jul 1992 15:43:45 -0300

I believe that my colleague burbulla sent a short note on our Computer Calculus courseware, here follows a revised version with the handy 1 800 numbers and email address. Kit This book is intended for self-study support of first year calculus students and as a self-tutor for anyone wishing to introduce themselves to Mathematica while reviewing some basic calculus. ********************************************** Self-Tutor For Computer Calculus Using Mathematica 2.0 by D.C.M. Burbulla and C.T.J. Dodson University of Toronto ********************************************** [310 pages, with 150 figures and full function listing; ISBN 0130152803 $20CDN Prentice-Hall Canada Inc.(Fax 416 299 2529), Scarborough, July 1992] Telephones: Canada 1 800 567 3800, US 1 800 223 1360, UK 0442 881900, Singapore 65-3238-10501, Australia 61-2-939-1333 The book is primarily a self-instructional companion to a computer-assisted first university calculus course but can serve also as a quick introduction to Mathematica while reviewing calculus. We avoided repeating standard material found in typical Calculus books. Our intention is that the student will use any designated course text as primary reference and this Self-Tutor in two ways: 1. As an initial prop to gain confidence quickly in using the computer as a study aid for new concepts in mathematics by exploiting graphics effectively 2. Later as a source of ideas for exploring the theory and examples in their calculus courses and in all subsequent studies that use mathematics. We have incorporated maximum exploitation of graphics features. The first chapter gets the complete beginner started in Mathematica while reviewing some familiar material from high school mathematics. We have presumed only basic familiarity with computer terminals, no experience with programming, and that students will not have easy access to expert humans. An Appendix gives a listing of functions in the Mathematica packages we introduce. These are also available on disk in DOS or UNIX format. Additionally, Notebook versions of our packages are available for NeXT computers and will be available for XWindows on UNIX platforms. There is available an edition of this book for Mathematica 1.2 (ISBN 0138037841) A parallel book using Maple V is in preparation. Further volumes will cover multivariable calculus, using Mathematica and Maple. email info from dodson at ecf.toronto .edu *********************************************************