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This is a discussion on Mathmatica within the A Brief History of Cprogramming.com forums, part of the Community Boards category; it looks like the mathematica is worth it crowd has taken the lead. any other opinions. i want some varied ...

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    essence of digital xddxogm3's Avatar
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    it looks like the mathematica is worth it crowd has taken the lead.
    any other opinions. i want some varied opinions before I drop $139 for the program and $39 for the book to use it.
    "Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence;
    supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting."
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    Quote Originally Posted by xviddivxoggmp3
    it looks like the mathematica is worth it crowd has taken the lead.
    any other opinions. i want some varied opinions before I drop $139 for the program and $39 for the book to use it.
    Like i said before, ive never used mathematica so i cant make a fair comparison here but.... Maple is god. Theres no other way to put it. It will give exact answers to everything (no decimal crap unless you want it) in terms of 'e' , pi, logarithms, etc.. Its also awsome for graphing in both 2D and 3D... it has student modes that allow you to generate intermediate steps to solutions so you can understand how the solution is reached. I could go on forever here, i cant even count the number of times ive used it to verify calculus and linear algebra homework. I definately suggest you look into Maple before making a final decision.

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    Student version for $139.00, a limited edition no doubt. Anyway, before you buy it check out what you really get and compare it with the TI-89 like Zach L said, that should help you decide better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whistlenm1
    Student version for $139.00, a limited edition no doubt. Anyway, before you buy it check out what you really get and compare it with the TI-89 like Zach L said, that should help you decide better.
    I use Mathematica right now for school and personally I think it's great. It's great for plotting graphs, solving equations, integrals, derivatives.. I've only just hit the surface of the things it can do. It's definately a great piece of software, and paying $140 for a student license is much better than however much it is for a normal. Printing things is a snap also

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    I'm a full time student.

    I'm looking for something to help finish the prerequisites, and for calculus based physics 3. i want to purchase something that is more familiar to me then a calculator (i.e. computer software) to help me make sure I know what I'm talking about. I like the ti-85 I currently have, but it has issues with order of precedence, and a few other things that are very annoying. Iím sick of redundant parentheses to make sure my work is following rules of mathematics. thank you for suggesting to compare it to the Texas instrument calculators.


    That is a good idea.
    Last edited by xviddivxoggmp3; 10-05-2004 at 05:37 PM.
    "Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence;
    supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting."
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