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Mathematica short course-please post

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  • From: szoltek at (S. M. Zoltek)
  • Date: Sun, 20 Sep 92 3:30:10 EDT


	      MATHEMATICA: A Tool For Doing Calculations
   A hands-on workshop for engineers, scientists, and mathematicians
	      Center for the Applications of Mathematics
	 Institute for Computational Sciences and Informatics
			George Mason University

Mathematica is an interactive high-level programming language designed
for symbolic mathematical and numerical computation.  Mathematica's
excellent graphics capabilities provide users with the tools needed to
analyze complex mathematical problems in an intuitive way.  The
workshop will consist of an in-depth hands-on tutorial on the
application of Mathematica to solve (symbolic and numerical)
mathematical problems of interest to engineers, scientists and
mathematicians.  The course will demonstrate how Mathematica can
enhance productivity in mathematical computation and quantitative

The workshop will be conducted over three consecutive days, November
11, 12, and 13, 1992. Each day will consist of a series of lectures and
matching hands-on sessions in the computer lab. Projection equipment
will be used to demonstrate Mathematica in action during the lectures.
Each lecture will concentrate on a particular area of Mathematica's
functionality.  The matching computer session will reinforce the
lecture material with a set of exercises.  The hands-on computer work
will be done in the NeXT computer lab on state-of-the-art 68040
machines, one person per machine. In addition, participants can consult
with Dr. Bahder on how to solve their own particular problems.

SYMBOLIC CALCULATION: Defining functions, differentiation, integration,
summation, series expansions.  Solution of simultaneous equations,
eliminating variables, manipulating equations symbolically.  Analytic
solution of differential equations using series approximations.

NUMERICAL CALCULATION: Numerical integration, evaluation of sums and
products, root finding.  Matrix calculations. Exact and approximate
numbers.  High precision calculations.  Data analysis.

GRAPHICS: X-Y plots, contour plots, 3-D surface plots, gray scale plots
and parametric plots.  Graphics primitives.  Animating Graphics:
creating Mathematica movies.

VECTOR AND MATRIX CALCULATIONS: Matrix algebra, inversion and
transpose, determinant, eigenvalues and eigenvectors.  Field theory:
gradient, divergence and curl.

PROGRAMMING: Developing Mathematica packages and graphics programming.

PREREQUISITES: No computer programming experience is necessary. A
casual familiarity with undergraduate level mathematics, including
differential equations and linear algebra, is useful.

DATES: November 11, 12, and 13, 1992, (9 am--5 pm)
PLACE: George Mason University

INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Thomas B. Bahder

WORKSHOP TUITION: $850---includes all materials: each participant will
receive a complete set of workshop notes, the book Mathematica: A
System for Doing Mathematics by Computer, and access to their own NeXT
computer in our NeXT Lab.

TO REGISTER (limited space available), CALL OR WRITE:

Dr. S. M. Zoltek
Center for the Applications of Mathematics
George Mason University Fairfax, VA 22030

Phone: (703) 993-1468 
(Internet) szoltek at 


         Dr. S. M. Zoltek
         Science & Tech I, Room 226A
         Department of Mathematical Sciences
         George Mason  University
         4400 University Drive
         Farifax, VA  22030
PHONE    (703)-993-1468
         szoltek at
         SZOLTEK at GMUVAX

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