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Mathematica Talk at Northern Virginia Community College
Technology Applications Colloquium 12 November 2008, 1000-1100 a.m. Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria Campus) Phase III Auditorium (Room AA196, the "Rotunda") 3001 N. Beauregard St Alexandria VA 22311 Contact: Dr. John Min, jmin at nvcc.edu Directions: www.nvcc.edu/about-nova/maps-directions/alexandria/index.html (parking available in the garage and metered spaces) The presentation below (which consists of three short talks) is the first in a series that inform students about technologies relevant to their studies and work. The series is open to the public and is sponsored by the Business Technologies Division. This first talk discusses applications of the Mathematica software. Mathematica Applied to Physics, History, and Literature by Daniel Martinez, Science Applications International Corporation "Equilibrium of Static Forces In The Plane." The tensions on two cables attached to a variable-mass object are swiftly computed as the user changes the configuration of the cables and object. Areas of Interest: Physics, Calculus II, Engineering, Architecture. "Geo-temporal Event." Time series historical data sets (date, event) are displayed on a geographic map over a changing time period. Areas of Interest: History, Project Scheduling, Program Management. "Personal Knowledge Databases." In these applications, the user builds a Dictionary, Thesaurus, and Reader's Index. Free text is searchable and matches are reported. Areas of Interest: Literature, Automated Reasoning. About the Speaker. Daniel Martinez (dmartinez at sprintmail.com) is a 1974 graduate from New Mexico State University. Through 1990, he was an infantry officer in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and since 1989, has been a consultant to Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). While at SAIC, he assessed doses accrued (from weapon-induced nuclear radiation) by U.S. military personnel who participated in atmospheric nuclear weapon testing. He co-founded the Washington D.C. Area Mathematica Special Interest Group (web.mac.com/hrbishop.pmsi/DCSIG.m/DCSIG.html). About Mathematica. This software is used in pure and applied mathematics. It is the flagship product of Wolfram Research (www.wolfram.com), a software company founded in 1987 by Stephan Wolfram, creator of Mathematica and A New Kind of Science (stephanwolfram.com).