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Moments with Mathematica

Housam Binous
Organization: KFUPM
Department: Chemical Engineering
URL: http://sites.google.com/site/homepageofdrhousambinous/
Benjamin J. McCoy
Organization: Louisiana State University Baton Rouge
Department: Department of Chemical Engineering
Journal / Anthology

Chemical Engineering Education
Year: 1992
Issue: Winter
Page range: 12-17

Mathematica, an interactive software system that does computer algebra and other mathematical computations, is a valuable tool for solving large problems involving symbol manipulation. Mathematica symbolically performs algebraic and calculus operations such as factorization, substitution, linear algebra, solution of polynomial equations, limits, and evaluation of integrals and derivatives. Numerical computations and visualization of advanced fuctions by two- or three-dimensional contour plots are also attractive features of the system. Although more efficient packages are available for large-scale numerical tasks such as matrix inversion, Mathematica can algebraically perform manipulations of this type. Many potential applications of computer algebra systems in chemical engineering research and education are possible to imagine, and in this article we discuss some examples.

*Engineering > Chemical Engineering