by Ted Ersek ted.ersek@navy.mil

What you will find here and won't find here

What I try to provide through this resource is additional material to help people get over the Mathematica learning curve. More specifically I try to demonstrate features that are hard to master from the Wolfram Research documentation. I also try to explain nuances that lots of users would otherwise never know about.

This resource isn't intended for people who never used Mathematica and want to start learning how to use it. I suggest that users in that position get a copy of The Mathematica Book and read sections 1.0 through 1.10, sections 2.1 through 2.4 (260 pages of light reading). After that one should read any sections in Part III (Advanced Mathematics in Mathematica) in the same book that are of interest. At that point one should have a working knowledge of Mathematica. One can then use The Mathematica Book, and of course this resource as reference material.

Because I don't intend to teach Mathematica from the ground up, a lot of principles fundamental to Mathematica aren't explained here. I figured there is no need to explain features that are explained very well in The Mathematica Book.

You also won't find discussion of certain features that even I haven't used (ie. working with Files and Streams).

Rule (→) versus RuleDelayed (:→)

Created by Mathematica (May 16, 2004)