Re: Anyone know of a book on Mathematica suitable for 16-18year old?
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- Subject: [mg116211] Re: Anyone know of a book on Mathematica suitable for 16-18year old?
- From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at math.umass.edu>
- Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2011 05:45:35 -0500 (EST)
A good answer depends a lot on exactly for what reasons the 16- to 18-year-old child is going to be learning and using Mathematica. If to ignite a sense of discovery beyond what's ordinarily encountered in school mathematics (at least at most U.S. high schools), then Stan Wagon's "Mathematica in Action", 3rd edition, is a possible choice. Lots of fascinating applications to math; but the Mathematica can get heavy-going at times. If, however, the primary purpose is to assist with understanding advanced high-school and beginning college-level math, including calculus, then a better choice might be the notebooks to be found on-line for various courses. Supplemented, where needed, by the built-in Mathematica documentation. If all that's wanted is a guide to getting started with Mathematica or how to do some of the nuts and bolts of Mathematica as applied especially to math, then there are a number of books suitable for that. However, I tend not to recommend such things: I'd much rather use a book (if I use a book at all) that's build around a context of a particular mathematical topic or related series of topics. On 2/4/2011 1:38 AM, David Kirby wrote: > From: David Kirkby > To: mathgroup at smc.vnet.net > Sent: Thursday, February 03, 2011 4:27 AM > Subject: [mg116127] Re: Anyone know of a book on Mathematica > suitable for 16-18year old? -- Murray Eisenberg murray at math.umass.edu Mathematics & Statistics Dept. Lederle Graduate Research Tower phone 413 549-1020 (H) University of Massachusetts 413 545-2859 (W) 710 North Pleasant Street fax 413 545-1801 Amherst, MA 01003-9305