Welcome to the Mathematica home page for the Summer 2001 edition of
the OSU Physics REU program!

This URL: http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~ntg/reu/reu_math_2001.html
or just http://www.physics.ohio-state.edu/~ntg/reu/

- prior Mathematica experience?
- Jun-2001 --- Check out the animated gifs of "colliding" pulses made from Mathematica animations! Also check out the corresponding Mathematica notebook.
- Jun-2001 --- Check out the Building up a Square Wave Mathematica notebook!
- Jun-2001 --- More sample notebooks: the plumb bob and pedagogical machine

- Tutorial description and info, goals, etc.
- Mathematica Resources -- Links to tutorials for Mathematica,
- Mathematica example notebooks
- Tutorial sessions

**Title:**- Introduction to Mathematica for Physics
**Required Texts:**- None! The Mathematica Book is available online as part of the Help Browser in Mathematica.
**Recommended Texts:**- If you're looking for a follow-up text,
*A Physicist's Guide to Mathematica*by Patrick Tam provides a detailed tutorial with many examples from physics. There are updates for version 3 and version 4. **Overview:**- Tutorial participants will have widely varying degrees of prior
experience with Mathematica. Our goal is for everyone to improve
their ability to use Mathematica for physics problems.
The tutorial will be primarily "hands-on", with
as little lecturing as possible.

Some basic capabilities of Mathematica we expect everyone to be "certified" in by the end of the tutorial:- Mathematica notebooks
- help browser
- cutting and pasting, pallettes, text annotation, ...

- numerical capabilities
- evaluating expressions, mathematical functions, changing numerical precision
- finding roots, integration, differential equations, fitting, ...

- symbolic capabilities
- symbolic integration, differentiation, sums, equation solving, ...
- defining functions
- simplifying algebraic expressions

- graphical capabilities
- x-y plots, plotting data, 3D plots, parametric plots
- plot options: limits, labels, ...

These are the*tools*that Mathematica offers to analyze physics problems. We hope that you will explore problems connected with your summer REU project using Mathematica during the tutorial and beyond. - Mathematica notebooks
**Schedule:**- There are four two-hour tutorial sessions over two weeks in Smith 2064. See the REU/OSU home page for the schedule.
**Instructors:**- Prof. Greg Kilcup

office: 4068 Smith Lab

email: kilcup@osu.edu or kilcup@kilcup.org phone: 561-0224

- Prof.
Dick Furnstahl

office: 4004 Smith Lab

email: furnstahl.1@osu.edu or furnstah@mps.ohio-state.edu

phone: 292-4830 (office) or 847-4026 (home)

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- Mathematica FAQs from Wolfram Research
- Wolfram Research
- Mathsource
--- an electronic resource that contains the largest collection of
Mathematica packages, notebooks, examples,
and programs available.
- Tutorials from Mathsource.
- Some advanced physics applications

- Mathsource
--- an electronic resource that contains the largest collection of
Mathematica packages, notebooks, examples,
and programs available.
- Mathematica sites and books from Los Alamos
- Mathematica tutorials:
- Getting Started with Mathematica from Indiana University (basics)
- Tutorial notebooks from someone at Caltech
- Los Alamos Mathematica tutorial
- Mathematica tutorial from Merriam Lab [Mathematica 2.2].

- List of Mathematica Related Sites

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If you use Internet Explorer on one of the Windows machines in 1011 or 2064, selecting a Mathematica notebook link will automatically open Mathematica with that notebook.

Date Revised | Notebook | Comments |
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06/27/00 | Debugging | Mathematica notebook with some suggestions for debugging Mathematica expressions |

06/27/00 | Vector Manipulations | Mathematica notebook with examples of vector stuff (dot product, cross product, etc.) |

06/26/00 | Taylor Series | Mathematica notebook with examples of Taylor series expansions |

06/28/00 | Numerical Diff. Eq.s | Mathematica notebook with examples of numerical differential equation solving. |

06/28/00 | Functions with Options | Mathematica notebook showing how to write functions with two types of optional arguments (with defaults). |

06/26/00 | Square Wave | Mathematica notebook showing a square wave being built from sine waves. |

06/26/00 | Defining n! | Mathematica notebook with many ways to define n!. |

06/26/00 | Least-Squares Fits | Mathematica notebook with examples of least-square fitting. |

06/26/00 | Rolling Dice | Mathematica notebook with simulation of rolling dice. |

06/26/00 | Euler's Equations | Mathematica notebook with the book flipping problem analyzed. |

06/26/00 | Colliding Pulses | Mathematica notebook with animations of colliding pulses. |

06/26/00 | Differential Equations | Mathematica notebook with examples of differential equation solving. |

06/26/01 | Mir Space Station | Great notebook on rotational kinematics, done by an astronaut. |

06/26/01 | Solving the Schroedinger equation | From the Phys263 class, a numerical integration of the Schroedinger equation. |

04/20/99 | Complex Numbers | Handout on the basics of complex numbers. [not a notebook!] |

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Session | Comments |
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Session 2 | Mathematica notebook with session 2 examples. |

Session 3 | Mathematica notebook with session 3 examples. |

Session 4 | Mathematica notebook with session 4 examples. |

Session 5 | Mathematica notebook with session 5 examples. |

Session 6 | Mathematica notebook with session 6 examples. |

Session | Comments |
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Session 1 | Mathematica exercises in pdf format. |

Session 2 | Mathematica exercises in pdf format. |

Session 3 | Mathematica exercises in pdf format. |

Session 4 | Mathematica exercises in pdf format. |

Session 5 | Mathematica exercises in pdf format. |

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