Mathematica short course-please post

*To*: mathgroup at yoda.physics.unc.edu*Subject*: Mathematica short course-please post*From*: szoltek at gmuvax2.gmu.edu (S. M. Zoltek)*Date*: Sun, 20 Sep 92 3:30:10 EDT

====================================================================== MATHEMATICA: A Tool For Doing Calculations A hands-on workshop for engineers, scientists, and mathematicians Center for the Applications of Mathematics Institute for Computational Sciences and Informatics George Mason University Mathematica is an interactive high-level programming language designed for symbolic mathematical and numerical computation. Mathematica's excellent graphics capabilities provide users with the tools needed to analyze complex mathematical problems in an intuitive way. The workshop will consist of an in-depth hands-on tutorial on the application of Mathematica to solve (symbolic and numerical) mathematical problems of interest to engineers, scientists and mathematicians. The course will demonstrate how Mathematica can enhance productivity in mathematical computation and quantitative analysis. The workshop will be conducted over three consecutive days, November 11, 12, and 13, 1992. Each day will consist of a series of lectures and matching hands-on sessions in the computer lab. Projection equipment will be used to demonstrate Mathematica in action during the lectures. Each lecture will concentrate on a particular area of Mathematica's functionality. The matching computer session will reinforce the lecture material with a set of exercises. The hands-on computer work will be done in the NeXT computer lab on state-of-the-art 68040 machines, one person per machine. In addition, participants can consult with Dr. Bahder on how to solve their own particular problems. TOPICS INCLUDE SYMBOLIC CALCULATION: Defining functions, differentiation, integration, summation, series expansions. Solution of simultaneous equations, eliminating variables, manipulating equations symbolically. Analytic solution of differential equations using series approximations. NUMERICAL CALCULATION: Numerical integration, evaluation of sums and products, root finding. Matrix calculations. Exact and approximate numbers. High precision calculations. Data analysis. GRAPHICS: X-Y plots, contour plots, 3-D surface plots, gray scale plots and parametric plots. Graphics primitives. Animating Graphics: creating Mathematica movies. VECTOR AND MATRIX CALCULATIONS: Matrix algebra, inversion and transpose, determinant, eigenvalues and eigenvectors. Field theory: gradient, divergence and curl. PROGRAMMING: Developing Mathematica packages and graphics programming. PREREQUISITES: No computer programming experience is necessary. A casual familiarity with undergraduate level mathematics, including differential equations and linear algebra, is useful. DATES: November 11, 12, and 13, 1992, (9 am--5 pm) PLACE: George Mason University INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Thomas B. Bahder WORKSHOP TUITION: $850---includes all materials: each participant will receive a complete set of workshop notes, the book Mathematica: A System for Doing Mathematics by Computer, and access to their own NeXT computer in our NeXT Lab. TO REGISTER (limited space available), CALL OR WRITE: Dr. S. M. Zoltek Center for the Applications of Mathematics George Mason University Fairfax, VA 22030 Phone: (703) 993-1468 (BITNET) SZOLTEK at GMUVAX (Internet) szoltek at gmuvax2.gmu.edu -- smz ADDRESS: Dr. S. M. Zoltek Science & Tech I, Room 226A Department of Mathematical Sciences George Mason University 4400 University Drive Farifax, VA 22030 PHONE (703)-993-1468 E-mail Internet szoltek at gmuvax2.gmu.edu BITNET SZOLTEK at GMUVAX