RE: Thinking Mathematica: Any suggestions?

*To*: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net*Subject*: [mg91681] RE: [mg91672] Thinking Mathematica: Any suggestions?*From*: "Jose Luis Gomez" <jose.luis.gomez at itesm.mx>*Date*: Thu, 4 Sep 2008 06:39:56 -0400 (EDT)*References*: <200809031046.GAA00914@smc.vnet.net>

This could be useful (although it is very basic): http://homepage.cem.itesm.mx/lgomez/matecmatica/fp/fp.html http://homepage.cem.itesm.mx/lgomez/matecmatica/funcionalprog.nb For FEM in Mathematica: http://homepage.cem.itesm.mx/lgomez/research/fem2/index.html http://www.imtek.uni-freiburg.de/simulation/mathematica/IMSweb/ HTH Jose Mexico -----Mensaje original----- De: Tyler [mailto:hayes.tyler at gmail.com] Enviado el: Mi=E9rcoles, 03 de Septiembre de 2008 05:47 Para: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net Asunto: [mg91672] Thinking Mathematica: Any suggestions? Hello All: I have a very basic question, but one that I am struggling to come to terms with myself. Let me give a bit of background to put the question in context.... I am coming from a FORTRAN programming background, where I used things like DISLIN or plplot to generate figures. Sometimes I would import them into a visualization tool like IDL, but for the most part, I'm a procedural programmer. Even worse, some say, a FORTRAN one at that! Anyways, I've left academics after twelve years and decided to take the plunge and purchase Mathematica 6. So far I am liking it; however, there is still something of a learning curve here for me. I constantly find myself looking at the For and Do constructs when attempting to implement my algorithms. Obviously, I would like to start thinking in "Mathematica" so as to take advantage of what the team at Wolfram has done so I don't have to. My problem is, most of the examples I find in the documentation are of the simplest kind and I am having difficulty applying them to something more than Newton's method. Perhaps something like Finite- Difference/Finite Element "like" algorithms, where index manipulations are key to proper results? Again, this could be because I have a wealth of procedural algorithms that assume a particular approach. Does anyone have any tips or insight into how they made the transfer from a procedural paradigm to a more natural Mathematica one? Cheers, t.

**References**:**Thinking Mathematica: Any suggestions?***From:*Tyler <hayes.tyler@gmail.com>