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Maple(r) for Environmental Sciences : A Helping Hand - Bill Scott

Maple(r) for Environmental Sciences

A Helping Hand

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Published: 24th April 2001
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What is this book about? Please take this book as it is, a working docu- ment. It started as an idea that has grown. It will never be correct but should be self-correcting. In the limit, if there is one, the book should approach a 'correct' state. It is not the detail, and the numbers, that matter, but the structures and the order. These structures are inherently linked with the many minds that have made Maple, the minds of perhaps the best mathematicians, certainly some of the most useful. Our environment is not separate from mathematics; mathematics is but one tool, of several, to help with understanding the environment. It is a harsh tool that requires numbers and symbolism; Maple handles the symbolism superbly; numbers need more consideration. We have included a substantial amount on reading and writing numbers, data, and dealing with floating point numbers. It is the 'devil in the detail' that continually comes back to us in working with Mathematics and Maple. It becomes 'raw' and defined. Many of the things we do have rational and logical bases, but we don't know what they are. Often, in following the code and 'talking' with an input line to Maple, the detailed way of performing a task becomes clear. But not without frustration; the task is invariably simple, though.

From the reviews of the first edition:

"This book is a nice exercise-based introduction to Maple with applications in different fields of environmental sciences. From the first steps to quite sophisticated techniques and worksheet handling, the reader can learn the most important features of Maple through solving practical problems. ... I can warmly recommend the book to everyone who would like to learn and use Maple as a tool in the everyday work. The applications and examples make it especially useful for applied study, research or practical work in life science." (Janos Karsai, Acta Scientiarum Mathematicarum, Vol. 69, 2003)

"This is a kind of cookbook on how to use Maple ... and on how this most useful language can be used in a specific area of environmental sciences. It is a very practical book, full of worked examples, exercises and lots of references to other books, journals and websites. ... The book is very clearly written, nicely presented and well illustrated. ... it is a must for ... readers who specialize in the author's specific field of environmental sciences." (R. Hauspie, International Journal of Environment and Pollution, Vol. 18 (4), 2002)

Turning On: Hintsp. 1
The Semicolonp. 2
Using Helpp. 17
Helpful Hintsp. 19
Frequent Errorsp. 20
Reference Material: types and commandsp. 30
Your own Environment: .ini and interfacep. 52
Structures and Analysis: Helpp. 61
Pulling Maple Apartp. 62
Area of a Lakep. 76
Environmental Numbersp. 78
Worksheets and Documentsp. 89
AAArgh-]Self Helpp. 97
Manipulations, Procedures and Plotsp. 113
Functions and Proceduresp. 114
Plottingp. 118
Proceduresp. 122
Operandsp. 127
Dots, Arrows and Fillp. 134
plot Optionsp. 143
PLOT Structuresp. 150
Fractalsp. 162
Pretty Rotationsp. 173
Applications: Field Datap. 179
Contour Datap. 180
Bubbles: A Visualizationp. 190
Interpolation: An Applicationp. 204
Acid Rain: A Look at Solution Chemistryp. 228
Simultaneous Solutions: Matricesp. 245
Equations and Matricesp. 246
Breakfast Foodsp. 255
Balancing a Chemical Equationp. 258
Dilution: Rivers and Solutionsp. 261
An Air Quality Index: Least Squaresp. 266
Turbulence: Rotating Statisticsp. 271
Struvite: Fertilizer and Kidney Stonep. 288
Active Plotting and Spreadsheetsp. 311
Clicking on a Solutionp. 312
Capture and Postp. 316
Smartplotsp. 325
Spreadsheetsp. 331
I/O from Spreadsheetsp. 342
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ISBN: 9783540658269
ISBN-10: 3540658262
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 407
Published: 24th April 2001
Publisher: Springer-Verlag Berlin and Heidelberg Gmbh & Co. Kg
Country of Publication: DE
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.78  x 2.18
Weight (kg): 0.73