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**Mathematica by Example, Fifth Edition**, by Martha L.L. Abell.

The amazon link is https://www.amazon.com/dp/0128124814/?tag=pfamazon01-20

The course description:

MATH 2110 with grade C or better. Introduction to computer algebra systems such as Mathematica, Matlab or Maple; overview of built-in functions; 2-D and 3-D graphs; basic programming structures; flow control; development and implementation of algorithms.

I will be taking a course in Mathematica this Fall semester. The only prerequisites is completion of Single Variable Calculus. I have limited programming experience, I know the basics of Java. The professor does not use a book for this course. Small programming projects are given highlighting different important aspects of programming. The professor who teaches this class is not so great at teaching. I took a Probability Theory course last semester with this instructor. Refuses to answer questions in class, never comes prepared, and rude. So I would like to have some references to use for this upcoming course. I had to self study Probability Theory for about 12 hours, to receive an A in the course. I think I would to do the same for this course.

I read that Mathematica has a great help tutorials built in, but I like to also have a book to read during a 1 hour train ride. Any other suggestions are greatly appreciated.