Re: Re: Re: Re: Use of CAS in introductory science&engineering courses

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg61715] Re: [mg61694] Re: [mg61656] Re: [mg61623] Re: Use of CAS in introductory science&engineering courses*From*: Pratik Desai <pdesai1 at umbc.edu>*Date*: Thu, 27 Oct 2005 05:01:41 -0400 (EDT)*References*: <djfnco$avq$1@smc.vnet.net> <200510240544.BAA29073@smc.vnet.net> <200510250107.VAA16832@smc.vnet.net> <200510260501.BAA18807@smc.vnet.net>*Sender*: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com

Renan wrote: >On 10/24/05, Pratik Desai <pdesai1 at umbc.edu> wrote: > > > > >>I wonder what the core language of a calculator could be :-) , for me >>mathematica is essentially a souped up calculator. I expect nothing more >>and nothing less............... >> >> > >The HP calculators, (at least the HP-48) use a custom language (System >RPL) together with machine language - you can actually program using >this language (rather than the "end-user" language - User RPL) but HP >does not support it. > >And for me Mathematica is more than a calculator - it is a programming >language for "exact sciences" (mathematics, physics, engineering...). > > > I am sorry if that came across as arcane and somewhat stupid. But the point I was trying to make or think that I was trying to make is that for a string to be a programming languge ,it has to be easily converted to a object code, which I am sure those languages you mentioned do. Mathematica uses the kernel which I believe is written in C++ to do its translation hence mathematica syntax cannot be a bonifide programming language. Or am I wrong? I am not a (god forbid) a computer scientist but that's my impression Regards Pratik -- Pratik Desai Graduate Student UMBC Department of Mechanical Engineering Phone: 410 455 8134

**References**:**Re: Use of CAS in introductory science&engineering courses***From:*Richard Fateman <fateman@cs.berkeley.edu>

**Re: Re: Use of CAS in introductory science&engineering courses***From:*Pratik Desai <pdesai1@umbc.edu>

**Re: Re: Re: Use of CAS in introductory science&engineering courses***From:*Renan <renan.birck@gmail.com>