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Re: Which Mathematica product should I get?

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  • Subject: [mg74590] Re: Which Mathematica product should I get?
  • From: "Mark Westwood" <markc.westwood at gmail.com>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2007 04:04:41 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <eu1r0r$j5m$1@smc.vnet.net><eu5584$lop$1@smc.vnet.net>

David

I've not used either CalcCenter or CalculusVIS, but here is my
opionated opinion:

Buy yourself a copy of Mathematica for Students and get to grips with
the full power of the system.  My  impression of the other products is
that, sooner or later you will run into limitations they impose (those
limitations being the price of their rather greater ease of use for
tasks within their domains) and want the full power anyway.  Might as
well start off as you mean to go on.

Once you've got it, solicit advice on this group for learning
resources.

The Mathematica front-end has very good typesetting capabilities,
certainly should satisfy any student of maths.

As to the licensing issues -- you should really address those directly
to Wolfram or their representatives.

Regards

Mark WestwoodOn Mar 26, 8:03 am, "David Rees"
<w3bdevilREM... at THISw3bdevil.com> wrote:
> Yes, I'm fully aware of this.
>
> I just don't know which variant of Mathematica to get. What's the advantage
> of CalcCenter over Mathematica, and is CalculusVIS worth buying too?
>
> <sie... at bp.com> wrote in messagenews:eu5584$lop$1 at smc.vnet.net...
>
> > Mathematica is a tool. A very very useful tool but it is still a tool.
>
> > Having said that, please get Mathematica if you can afford it because
> > you will be using the same tool even when you enter a university.
> > Having a consistent tool for the next 6 years will be of great benefit
> > to you.
>
> > Like all things in life, there will be a learning curve.
>
> > I have no problems entering calculus equations in Mathematica, either
> > using the keyboard or using the mouse with the Formula palletes.




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