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By Richard J. Gaylord

Accompanying the booklet, as with every TELOS backed guides, is an digital part. for that reason it's a DOS-Diskette produced via one of many coauthors, Paul Wellin. This diskette includes Mathematica notebooks and programs which comprise the codes for all examples and workouts within the ebook, in addition to extra fabrics meant to increase many principles coated within the textual content. it's of significant price to academics, scholars, and others utilizing this ebook to benefit find out how to successfully software with Mathematica.

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In(8):= True I I True Out{B)= True Mathematica also contains an operator for the exclusive or, Xor. 2 shows the logical operators and their input forms. =y x&&y Unequal [x, y] And [x, y] x II y (x II y) && ! 2: Logical operators. 3 I Evaluation of Expressions Trace and TracePrint When writing programs, things invariably go wrong. A useful function for tracking down errors is the Trace function, which generates a list of all the steps The Mathematica Language 17 used in evaluating an expression.

Out[4]= 1 + x + x 2 + x 3 + x 4 + x 5 Other times, it is not so apparent. Out[5]= 1 + x + x 4325729 y + x y + x y + x y When a symbol has the attribute Protected, the user is prevented from modifying the function in any significant way. Thus, all built-in operations have this attribute. Functions with the attribute Oneldentity have the property that repeated application of the function to the same argument will have no effect. For example, the expression Plus [Plus [a, b]] is equivalent to Plus [a, b], hence only one addition is performed.

We've already mentioned (page 5) that it is possible to send Mathematica into an infinite loop-where it goes on forever doing nothing useful-and that in this case you can interrupt the computation. In this section, we discuss those situations where Mathematica does finish the computation, but without giving you the answer you expected. Perhaps the most frequent error you will make is misspelling the name of a function. Here is an illustration of the kind of thing that will usually happen in this case.

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