Mathematica applet test

This is just a Mathematica test. If you don’t see it, you should probably download the CDF plugin from Mathematica. I haven’t figured out how to make the little applet thingy NOT resize. I feel it’s annoying that it resizes automatically when you rotate the object. There are a lot of reasons I decided to buy Mathematica:

  1. You can quickly prototype ideas. Or I think so anyways. That’s the impression I got.
  2. Physicists model data with it for visualization, so I figured it would be handy for a variety of things I wanted to model too. I’ll probably never reach that level of sophistication, so I think I’m good along that aspect.
  3. The programming language is functional, which is something I wanted to learn anyways to improve myself. It’s still hanging around on my todo list.
  4. I’m hoping to put more math related things on my blog. This way I can demonstrate, visually, what I’m talking about with examples.
  5. I only learned up to Calculus II in college, which kind of sucks because I keep seeing things in the graphics field that requires much more CalculusĀ than that, such as accurately describing the curvature or other features of surfaces. So, as I study higher level mathematics, I should be able to use this tool to visualize and comprehend what I’m learning better. That’s the thought anyways.

I still love my TI-89 though. *sniffles* We’ve been through a lot together. Mathematica isn’t exactly portable though, unless I get a laptop, but that’ll never be as portable as my TI-89. Unfortunately, they haven’t released Mathematica on iPad yet, so that’s out of the question. It would be a little difficult to program or model on the iPad anyways. It was kind of expensive. But the upgrades are cheaper, if I wanted to upgrade every year or so, but I probably won’t.

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