Teaching Complex Systems with Mathematica
Mathematica is a tool for engineering analysis and modeling, and can be used for applications as varied as simple calculator operations to large-scale programming. Mathematica integrates a numeric and symbolic computational engine, graphics system, programming language, documentation system, and advanced connectivity to other applications. The Mathematica product site (more info) includes a description of Mathematica, key elements of the tool, a tour of its features, technical requirements, revision history and a free trial version of the calculation tool.
This set of nine, self-paced tutorials will expose you to various Mathematica tools and skills. During these tutorials, you will:
- Learn a subset of Mathematica by example,
- Get a feeling for the structure of Mathematica and some of its potential,
- Learn how to find out information about Mathematica and its various commands,
- Develop the ability and confidence to pick Mathematica up again, even if some time has gone by, and
- Have a sense of the power and scope of Mathematica and whether you want to invest the time and effort in learning this software package.
- Sun Spot Analysis: this activity includes a link to an analysis of historical sunspot data that can be completed using Mathematica.