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Mathematica and Education

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  • Subject: [mg64934] Mathematica and Education
  • From: "fizzy" <fizzycist at>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2006 00:59:50 -0500 (EST)
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Recently, there were several discussions regarding the use of 
Mathematica in the classroom, etc...   I just took a course in Advanced 
Electromagnetic Engineering and I'm happy to say that I did not perform 
a single pencil and paper operation.    I did all the homework and exams 
using  Mathematica.    Also,  in hindsight, without Mathematica I would 
never take the course nor can I conceive of how I could without it 
although I realize there was a time where people did work without 
Mathematica.    The amount of  homework was horrendous and how you could 
do it with pencil and paper operations is beyond me.    In fact, I've 
gotten so used to Mathematica that if I were told I can no longer use  
it in my work, etc. , I would give Science up.   That is how attached 
I've become to Mathematica and how much more enjoyment I've gotten out 
of Science problems using it.

Also, when I have to use other languages I feel like a Programmer and I 
dont relish that at all.  With Mathematica I actually feel that I'm 
doing some thinking and analyzing instead of just writing lines of code. 

Jerry Blimbaum

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