Re: Good Introductory Text with a Physics Slant

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg81541] Re: Good Introductory Text with a Physics Slant*From*: "Nasser Abbasi" <nma at 12000.org>*Date*: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 21:44:37 -0400 (EDT)*References*: <fddeij$9q4$1@smc.vnet.net>

"Kevin J. McCann" <Kevin.McCann at umbc.edu> wrote in message news:fddeij$9q4$1 at smc.vnet.net... >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. > > Thanks, > > Kevin > I took a course called computational physics at UCI which is 100% based on Mathematica. The professor has an EXCELLENT book, imho, (which is an electronic Mathematica notebook). Lots of examples, and lots of good Mathematica code. But note, this is a real physics course, not a Mathematica course, but it uses Mathematica for all the analysis and computation. I am not sure now what is the URL for that book, you could contact the professor at UCI and ask him about the book, here is the class web site https://eee.uci.edu/07f/48192/ Nasser