4. Using Resources . . .

Today's seminar will cover the following topics:



You'll find many pre-made examples to choose from. Here I will cover some, and I will show you how they can be used.

Here's some additional sources of information . . .
If you use Mathematica for your work, the Wolfram Mathematica Tutorial Collection will be an invaluable aid. This 23-title collection documents the features and capabilities of Mathematica
7—from graphics to data analysis to programming—and can be viewed online, dowloaded as a PDF, or ordered in print: http://url.wolfram.com/3YYMWBS/

The Wolfram Mathematica Learning Center is another great place to find resources for learning Mathematica. From screencasts to seminars to "How-tos", the Learning Center offers a variety of ways for you to learn the skills you need to make the most of your use of Mathematica: http://url.wolfram.com/4NQovIQ/

For more comprehensive training, we also offer a variety of courses through the Wolfram Education Group. If you mention your school's site license (L3276-0392) when you register, you'll get an additional 30% off the list price. To view a complete list of upcoming classes and register, visit: http://url.wolfram.com/48G9PU4/


Most likely you're using Google as your main search engine, but you should also be aware of Wolfram's computational/data serach engine called Wolfram|Alpha. The creator of Mathematica, Stephen Wolfram, gives a nice video introduction that you might want to share with your students. Basically Wolfram|Alpha is a search engine that makes much of the world's data accessible though natural language queries, and provides access to Mathematica's computational engine. Just enter your question or calculation and Wolfram|Alpha uses its built-in algorithms and a growing collection of data to compute the answer.

Wolfram|Alpha is available free of charge, and provides much of the same functionality as does Mathematica. However, it differs from Mathematica in that it is much more tolerant of poor syntax. Your students can access Wolfram|Alpha from any web browser, and is not limited to just mathematics---it's a really amazing product. Anecdotally, I even have students using it in place of Mathematica. Yikes, it's even on my iPod Touch.
Now, give it a try!

Wolfram|Alpha for iPhone/iPod Touch is available for download at the iTunes App Store. The price is usually $50, but recently I have seen it offered for just $1.99. That's a whopping $48 off and the best deal I've ever seen for this "computational knowledge engine"---I paid $25! The link is: Wolfram|Alpha for iPhone/iPod Touch . . . make sure you check the price, because Wolfram has a tendency to change it!

ECC M10 Seminar

Complete course information can be found at: http://m10.mathography.org

Here's the topics to be covered.
Syllabus—This course is organized into five topics:
  1. Introduction: Step by step instruction on performing basic operations, building up computations, and navigating the user interface, as well as a description of how to navigate and take full advantage of the documentation system
  2. Visualization and Graphics: Two- and three-dimensional plotting, plotting data, using options, and creating dynamic and interactive graphics
  3. Math and Science: Introduction to computation, including polynomial operations, solving equations, functions from calculus, and simplification
  4. Programming: Introduction to the Mathematica programming language, with emphasis on familiar programming tasks involving procedural, functional, and rule-based styles of programming
  5. Working with Data: Importing and exporting data and external files, and instruction on working with Mathematica's built-in computable data sources

Questions & Answers?

Feel free to ask questions. Even if you did not attend the live seminar, please feel free to leave a comment and I'll do my best to address your questions or concerns.


Ron Bannon said...

You can also stop by my office, room 2210, and have a one-on-one with me if you prefer. I know how difficult it can be to make time for a seminar.

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