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Getting Started with Mathematica
This page was last updated on January 9,
The text was published in 1998 by John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
It was written by C-K. Cheung, G. E. Keough, C. K. Landraitis,
and R. H. Gross (all of Boston College). C-K, Jerry, and Charlie
have taught Mathematica to undergraduate mathematics majors
at BC several times, and all of us (Rob included!) have used Mathematica
as an essential component of undergraduate electives that we teach.
Feel free to contact us regarding questions you may have about
what we've written at any of these addresses:
An errata list for the second printing of this
Comment. The first printing can be identified by the date "January,
2001" on page vi of the Preface.
- At this time, we have no listing of errors.
An errata list for the first printing of this text follows
Comment. The first printing can be identified by the date "March,
1998" on page vi of the Preface.
- pages 90 - 93. Information stated about SphericalPlot3D is
incorrect as stated. Our description of the angles used in SphericalPlot3D
is completely reversed. We are, or course, to blame for this
oversight, but it was created because what mathematicians typically
call "theta" is actually what physicists call "phi,"
and vice-versa. Mathematica is more oriented towards the
- page 90. The first angle mentioned in the SphericalPlot3D
command must be the vertical angle, measured from the
positive z-axis. The second angle must be the horizontal,
polar angle in the xy-plane, measured from the positive x-axis.
Thus, the text can be corrected if lines 4 and 5 are rewritten
to say that "theta" is the vertical angle, measured
from the z-axis, and "phi" is the horizontal angle
measured from the x-axis. (***This page has been redone and the
angles properly clarified in the second printing, and a note
has been added about the potential confusison of the two angles
between mathematicians and physicists.***)
- page 93. Due to the error above, the last question/answer
sequence on this page may appear to be confusing, but it is actually
correct as it stands with this correction in the understanding
of the angles "theta" and "phi." (***This
answer has been slightly expanded and clarified in the second
- page 174. The two graphics shown on this page contain a harmless
inconsistency. The phrase "Calculus Examples" appears
at the top of the first graphic, but it has morphed into the
phrase "Calculus Section" in the second graphic. (***This
has been fixed in the second printing.***)
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