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Re: Mathematica 5.0 for students.

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  • Subject: [mg43535] Re: [mg43520] Mathematica 5.0 for students.
  • From: Murray Eisenberg <murray at>
  • Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2003 03:41:58 -0400 (EDT)
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While I run the "regular" Mathematica and not the student versions, I 
routinely run both version 4.2.1 and 5.0 not only on the same machine, 
but sometimes even at the same time, and I see no difficulty doing that.

Definitely you want the two versions intstalled to different directories.

If you have some packages that you now put into the Addons / 
Applications subdirectory of the main Mathematica 4 directory, you can 
make a  copy in the corresponding Mathematica 5 subdirectory.

Or, set environment variable (in Windows, MATHEMATICA_ADDONS) to an 
entirely new and separate directory, say MathematicaAddOns, that's 
outside the top-level directories of either version 4 or version 5; then 
make an Applications subdirectory inside that and put your packages in 
there.  Either version of Mathematica should be able to find them 
automatically (that is, load them by means of a context-qualified path, 
e.g., Needs["MyCalculus`Graphs`"].

sean kim wrote:

> k. now a different kinda question. 
> does anyone have any expriences with student version of the  Mathematica 5?  
> I actually bought the program today but I haven't installed it yet, in
> the fear of it causing problems...  ( i had to reformat my computer due
> to some problems.)
> i was wondering...
> 1. Can I have both Mathematica 4.0 and Mathematica 5 on a same machine? if so do i just
> install them in diferent directory? 
> 2. will the packages written for older Mathematica versions still work with the
> new  Mathematica 5?  
> thanks all. 
> sean 
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