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Introduction to Mathematica

Instructor: Nick Barton

Teaching Assistant: Sebastian Novak


This short course will give a basic introduction to Mathematica.  This is a high-level language that is perhaps best known for symbolic computation, but which includes a comprehensive range of numerical, graphical and statistical resources. (see  IST Austria has a site licence that allows unlimited use, including on the cluster.

The course will give an overview of what is available within Mathematica, and how to get started with the system.  Programming in Mathematica is quite different from traditional languages, and is arguably more powerful, especially for exploratory analysis.

Target audience / prerequisites

No previous experience is assumed. Mathematica may be appropriate for a wide range of uses: symbolic algebra, numerical computation, data exploration, statistical analysis, etc.

Teaching format

(Brief) lecture plus example class.


Attendance and completion of problem sets in class.


Preparatory Session

There will be a preparatory session on Tue, Sep 20, hosted by Srdjan Sarikas for students who need help installing Mathematica on their computers, see the schedule below.

Schedule (subject to change)

Date Topic Location Other
Tue, Sep 20, 3:30pm prep session (by Srdjan Sarikas) Mondi 3 if you need help installing the software
Wed, Sep 21, 2:00-5:00pm Getting started Seminar room Big Ground floor / Lab Bldg West  
Fri, Sep 23, 1:00-4:00pm Functions I Seminar room Big Ground floor / Lab Bldg West  
Mon, Sep 26, 2:00-4:00pm Functions II Mondi 2  
Wed, Sep 28, 2:00-5:00pm Data Seminar room Big Ground floor / Lab Bldg West  
Fri, Sep 30, 1:00-4:00pm Programming Seminar room Big Ground floor / Lab Bldg West