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Anyone familiar with this Mathematica textbook?

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I am wondering if any PF member is familiar with this textbook on Mathematica.
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.
 

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If you feel the book is a bit pricey there is the Schaum's Outline book (pub 2009) to consider:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/0071608281/?tag=pfamazon01-20

I've not read either book but judging by Amazon ratings the Schaum's book has been helpful to 50 or so folks who rated it 4.5 stars whereas your book has a 5 star rating with only 2 reviews shown.

One caveat is that the Schaum's book is circa 2009 and so may not have Mathematica's more recent features described.

And there's this one published by Wolfram in 2016 with 4.5 stars and 50 reviewers:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1579550126/?tag=pfamazon01-20
 
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One caveat is that the Schaum's book is circa 2009 and so may not have Mathematica's more recent features described.
If I can be forgiven for resurrecting this, great news! Third edition got released just a month ago:
Schaum's Outline of Mathematica

Considering how cheap SO books are, I'll definitely be getting a copy while it's "fresh".
 

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