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Billed as “one-stop shopping” software for math learning, Mathematica is arguably the most recognized name in computational technology software. Mathematica has earned its reputation by combining a numeric and symbolic computational engine, documentation system, graphics system, programming language, the world’s most complete collection of mathematical functions, and advanced connectivity to other applications.

Mathematica for Students 5 has the same powerful features as the professional version at about 10 percent of the price. Only enrolled students working toward a degree at an accredited institution may purchase the product at this reduced price.

What can Mathematica do? Depending on the user’s level of expertise, Mathematica can be a super-calculator or a computational powerhouse. It can handle complex equations involving millions of terms. It performs numerical modeling and simulations. It loads, analyzes, and visualizes data. It lets users create 2-D and 3-D animations and graphs. It has sound capabilities. It can, in fact, work with any data, not just numerical data. If you want it to process the dictionary in order to find specific types of words, it can do that. Finally, it helps users to collect, synthesize, and present mathematical information for reports, lectures, or application development.

Users can share files, thanks to Mathematica’s platform-independent notebook file format. It is also applicable to a wide range of mathematics and mathematics-heavy disciplines, including engineering, physics, computer science, and chemistry. The software is available in the following platforms: Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/ XP, Mac OS 7.5.3 or later, Linux (PC, Power PC) Mac OS X.

Contact: Wolfram Research, Champaign, Ill.;
(217) 398-0700; www.wolfram.com.

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