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Preliminaries

  • Richard J. Gaylord
  • Samuel N. Kamin
  • Paul R. Wellin

Abstract

Mathematica is a very large and seemingly complex system. It contains hundreds of functions for performing various tasks in science, mathematics, and engineering. It has its own language with well-defined rules and syntax. In this preliminary chapter, we will give some of the basic information that users of Mathematica need to know, such as how to start Mathematica, how to get out of it, how to enter simple inputs and get answers, etc. In addition, we will give a hint of the internal structure of this system in order to begin the process of understanding what this book is all about—the Mathematica programming language.

Keywords

Logical Operator Command Line Input Form Menu Item True Note 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag New York, Inc. 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard J. Gaylord
    • 1
  • Samuel N. Kamin
    • 2
  • Paul R. Wellin
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. of Materials ScienceUniversity of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of Computer ScienceUniversity of Illinois Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA
  3. 3.Dept. of MathematicsCalifornia State University SonomaRohnert ParkUSA

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