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Mathematica SIG (Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia)

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  • Subject: [mg84301] Mathematica SIG (Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia)
  • From: Bruce Colletti <vze269bv at>
  • Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2007 02:20:12 -0500 (EST)

The Washington D.C. area Mathematica Special Interest Group will meet Friday, 21 December, 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at the SAIC Enterprise Center building in Tysons Corner (see directions below). 

Early risers meet before 7:00 in the morning for admission at the front desk, then we have a Dutch treat breakfast downstairs.  By about 7:30 we have moved to one of the projector rooms. Meetings consist of a prepared talk, informal discussion about Mathematica programming and applications, general questions, and new business.   

This meeting will be a free-wheeling hodge-podge of discussion, although we have two presentations.

Presentation #1.  Mel Friedman will discuss four short topics:

- Using Mathematica to generate correlated sequences

- Using Mathematica to document, develop and verify new radius of curvature results

- Using Mathematica to document and do a digital image processing final exam

- Using Mathematica to show Cos@ArcSin[i x] = sqrt(1 + x^2)

Presentation #2. 

Using Mathematica for Accessing Written Information on the Web, by D. Vasholz.

Abstract.  The purpose of this talk is to relate the author's experiences encountered in starting to use Mathematica to download, preprocess, edit, and (ideally) ultimately analyze written material appearing on the Web.  The specific topic chosen as an example is a very interesting (and controversial) book written by Gary Taubes and entitled "Good Calories, Bad Calories."

To inquire about attending, e-mail Dan Martinez (dmartinez at or Bruce Colletti (bcolletti at  In your e-mail subject line, please include 'Mathematica SIG.' 

DIRECTIONS to 8301 Greensboro Drive, McLean VA (tall, boxy and white SAIC Enterprise Building at the corner of Westpark Drive and Greensboro Drive):  From the Beltway, go northwest on Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) and proceed past Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road).  Turn right onto Westpark Drive (Gosnell Road in the other direction).  Turn right  at the next light onto Greensboro Drive and then right into the parking lot. Visitor's Parking is adjacent to Westpark Drive.   

A SIG representative will meet you in the lobby. 

Please arrive no later than ten minutes to seven if you wish to join us for breakfast, and no later than twenty after seven to attend the meeting only.  The desk officer will ask for a driver's license before issuing a visitor's badge. 

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