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Mathematica SIG (http://web.me.com/hrbishop.pmsi) MEETING 17 December 2010, 7:30 am Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) 8301 Greensboro Drive McLean VA Southern Corner of Westpark Drive and Greensboro Drive Agenda 1. Prepared Talks "Interactive Map of the Prelude to the Battle of Trafalgar", by Dan Martinez ABSTRACT. Dan uses Mathematica to depict the actions of British, Spanish and French naval forces in response to Napoleon's strategy for eliminating Britain as a factor in his plans for Europe. "Mathematica 8.0 and Group Theory", by Bruce Colletti ABSTRACT. We'll survey Mathematica's group theory capabilities, getting down to brass tacks. This talk presumes a grasp of group theory and because time is short, will neither motivate its study nor describe its applications (already discussed in an earlier talk). "Making a List, Checking it Twice: Tools for Randomly Selecting Elements >From a List Based on Specified Probability Distributions", by Richard Forshee and Arianna Simonetti ABSTRACT. Consider a list as an inventory whose elements have properties, e.g., expiration dates. In each time period, you want to remove certain elements based on a probability distribution that depends upon an element property. We will show how to do this and thus to update the list. This concept can be generally applied to choosing elements from a list in a way that is neither purely random nor purely stochastic. "Using Mathematica to Explore Mathematica", by David Vasholz ABSTRACT. Mathematica comes with an extremely interesting subdirectory entitled Symbols that contains 3395 notebooks, each of which is devoted to the documentation of a different Mathematica function. In this talk I will show how to use Mathematica to navigate this directory to find items that would be extremely difficult to locate just by pushing the F1 key. Special emphasis will be devoted to exploring the use of images across a wide variety of functions. 2. Mathematica Gems and Discoveries Sharing of Mathematica programming oddities Applications of Mathematica to some areas of science Something recently read and worth sharing 3. Mathematica Questions, Possible Approaches and Discussion 4. New Business Select next meeting presentation, time and place --------------------- Directions to 8301 Greensboro Drive, McLean VA (tall, boxy and white SAIC Enterprise Building at south corner of Westpark Drive and Greensboro Drive): >From the Beltway, go northwest on Route 7 (Leesburg Pike) and proceed past Route 123 (Chain Bridge Road). Turn right onto Westpark Drive (Gosnell Road in the other direction). Turn right at the next light onto Greensboro Drive and then right into the parking lot. Visitor's Parking is adjacent to Westpark Drive. A SIG representative will meet you in the lobby. Please arrive no later than 6:50AM if you wish to join us for a dutch-treat breakfast, and no later than 7:20AM to attend the meeting only. The desk officer will ask for a driver's license before issuing a visitor's badge.