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Mathematica: Basics (Self-paced)

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This course is part of the Scientific Computing series.

Mathematica is a software package for numerical computation, symbolic manipulation and the production of graphics from mathematical functions and data. This course is for beginners and new users of the package and describes basic concepts and use of Mathematica.

Duration: One half day session

Sessions: Date Time Venue Trainer Tue 1 Jun 09:30 – 13:00 Room GL.04 (CMS, Wilberforce Road) Bruce Beckles

Format: Self-paced practicals.


  • Knowledge of matrix algebra and simple calculus (including simple ordinary differential equations (ODEs)) is assumed.
  • Those attending should be able to use a plain text editor (e.g. emacs, gedit, pico, vi) on a Unix system as might be obtained from the Emacs or Vi introductory courses.

Topics covered:

  • User interface
  • Mathematica language and syntax
  • Functions
  • Plotting simple graphs
  • Input/Output
  • Solving a simple ordinary differential equation (ODE)

System requirements: Mathematica v. 7 on PWF Linux


  • No attempt is made to teach mathematical techniques.
  • Attendees may also be interested in the “Mathematica: Graphics” and “Mathematica: Linear Algebra” courses.

This talk is part of the Booking Required - Computing/IT Courses at the CMS series.

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