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RE: Resources for high school student?

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  • Subject: [mg24131] RE: Resources for high school student?
  • From: "Ersek, Ted R" <ErsekTR at>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2000 02:11:49 -0400 (EDT)
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Melanie Traxler gave some resources that are supposed to be useful to high
school students who are thinking about buying Mathematica. In doing so she
referred readers to:
"<> for
downloadable notebooks that you and your son can look through. In
particular, I would recommend that you download the tutorial notebooks
entitled "Intersession" from this page. This group of notebooks includes
lessons on solving equations, defining functions, graphing, and more with
Mathematica. In order to view the notebooks, you may download a copy of
I went to that web page.
1- I had a very hard time going to that web page without having my web
browser (Microsoft IE) crash right after I attempt to scroll down to the
list of notebooks. It seems the only way to make this work was to ensure the
web browser window is expanded to take up the whole screen.  Ok, so this
looks like a Microsoft bug, but Wolfram Research should design the web page
to avoid this bug.
2 - A potential customer shouldn't be required to download and install Math
Reader to see examples of what Mathematica can do.  One should be able to
access (via the above URL) an HTML version of the above notebooks.  Hey
doesn't Mathematica have a feature to convert notebooks to web pages?
Wolfram Research could make the HTML versions with a few mouse clicks.
3.  I down loaded the Introduction notebook, and it had no output cells!  A
potential customer using MathReader can only read the description of what
would be displayed if the input cells were evaluated using Mathematica, but
the notebook doesn't make this clear.  Next I down loaded the Basic graphing
notebook, and it had no output cells and no graphics. As a result the
potential customer using MathReader can only read about the graphics that
would be displayed if they had Mathematica.
If the potential customer was patient enough to get that far they
experienced multiple crashes of their web browser. They went to the trouble
to down load and install MathReader. After all that they still can't see
examples of Mathematica output and graphics (at least not from the above
URL).  How often will one of these potential customers to put "Mathematica
for Students" on their shopping list?

Ted Ersek

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