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Good Introductory Text with a Physics Slant

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  • From: "Kevin J. McCann" <Kevin.McCann at>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 06:45:37 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: University System of Maryland

I will be teaching a course  on introductory numerical and computational 
methods to second year Physics majors in the spring. The course is 
roughly 2/3 Mathematica based and 1/3 "another computer based software 
package that is not Mathematica". (original text changed at the request 
of Steven Christensen.) Most of the students will NOT have had 
differential equations; however, I will teach them some of the basics of 
this in the first part of the semester.

I would like your thoughts on some of the texts out there for use in 
this introductory course. I like Gass' book (out of print) and 
Blachman's book for a non-physics intro to Mathematica.



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