Exploring Analytical Geometry with Mathematica with CDROM
- List Price: $74.95
- Binding: Paperback
- Publisher: Academic Press
- Publish date: 10/01/1999
The study of two-dimensional analytic geometry has gone in and out of fashion several times over the past century. However, this classic field of mathematics has once again become popular due to the growing power of personal computers and the availability of powerful mathematical software systems, such as Mathematica, that can provide an interactive environment for studying the field. By combining the power of Mathematica with an analytic geometry software system called Descarta2D, the author has succeeded in meshing an ancient field of study with modern computational tools. The result is a simple, yet powerful, approach to studying analytic geometry. Students, engineers, and mathematicians alike who are interested in analytic geometry can use this book and software for study, research or just plain enjoyment of analytic geometry.
Mathematica provides an attractive environment for studying analytic geometry. It supports both numeric and symbolic computations -- meaning that geometry problems can be solved for special cases using numbers -- as well as general cases producing formulas. Mathematica also has good facilities for producing graphical plots which are useful for visualizing the graphs of two-dimensional geometry.