NicoVanDerDussen
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Getting Started

Sun Mar 02, 2014 6:40 pm

Hi,

I'm impressed with Mathematica looking at what others are doing with it.

But how does one get started? I find the Mathematica documentation pages a bit overwhelming without a clear path to get going :(

The "blank" page when one opens Mathematica is not of great help :)

I found this intro guide http://nvdd.info/1dQtC7n from MIT, and I did manage to plot some graphs :)

Is there any recommended route to get going?

Thanks
Nico

MOD EDIT: See Mathematica Usage Guide
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Setting up your Raspberry Pi to work with a 3G dongle http://nvdd.info/11gKrsZ

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DeeJay
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Re: Getting Started

Sun Mar 02, 2014 9:43 pm

This sounds as though it might be a starting point?
Have you been staring at the Mathematica and Wolfram Language icons on your Raspbian install, and wondering where to get started? We’ll be featuring several guest posts from Wolfram Research in the coming weeks, so you can start to get to work with them. This first, introductory post is from Arnoud Buzing.
http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/5623
How To Ask Questions The Smart Way: http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/smart-questions.html
How to Report Bugs Effectively: http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/bugs.html

mob-i-l
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Re: Getting Started

Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:37 am

I made a video with Mathematica on Raspberry Pi and that shows some examples and the captions show what I type. You could buy or borrow an old book about Mathematica.
Have Pi0&1A&1B&1B+&2B&3B&4B w/ Raspbian. Started w/ BASIC on ABC80&ZX81 then Forth, Z80… https://scratch.mit.edu/users/mobluse/ https://github.com/mobluse/ https://twitter.com/mobluse/ https://YouTube.com/MOBiL4u/

mgscheue
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Re: Getting Started

Wed Mar 05, 2014 8:26 pm

I really like Roozbeh Hazrat's book, Mathematica: A Problem-Centered Approach. He works through small but interesting examples,to illustrate how to solve problems using Mathematica, like finding all perfect numbers up to 10,0000.

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Re: Getting Started

Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:48 pm

mgscheue wrote:I really like Roozbeh Hazrat's book, Mathematica: A Problem-Centered Approach.
I borrowed that as a pdf-file from Lund University Library. There was one example that didn't work in Mathematica for Raspberry Pi:
FullSimplify[Tan[3 Pi/11] + 4 Sin[2 Pi/11]]
This should simplify to Sqrt[11], but it does only simplify to:
Cot[(5 \[Pi])/22] + 4 Sin[(2 \[Pi])/11].
In that book they are using an older version of Mathematica and it's strange that our version cannot do this simplification. Maybe there is some setting one could do to make this work on Raspberry Pi.
Have Pi0&1A&1B&1B+&2B&3B&4B w/ Raspbian. Started w/ BASIC on ABC80&ZX81 then Forth, Z80… https://scratch.mit.edu/users/mobluse/ https://github.com/mobluse/ https://twitter.com/mobluse/ https://YouTube.com/MOBiL4u/

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