Mathematica Basic Principles I (free)

for whom?

This course is especially of interest for existing Mathematica users. They will get a profound understanding and insight in the general structure of Mathematica.
Despite that the course is especially of interest to existing users, novice users can participate as well. Be aware though that the course is not a hands on training. The basic principles covered will allow new users to get started with a better understanding of Mathematica.

about the course

The emphasis in the course is on the basic concepts of Mathematica, demonstrated by a lot of small examples. The major point is that everything in Mathematica is an expression, built up from names and numbers. Also the three number systems (exact numbers, machine numbers, arbitrary precision numbers) will be discussed. Then expressions are explained, prefix, infix and postfix notations, order of evaluation, various Form functions. Substitution (the functions ReplaceAll and Rule) is discussed rather in detail, because this is the way Mathematica internally works. Despite the fact that this summary sounds very theoretical, during the course a lot of practical examples are discussed, e.g. how linear algebra can be done with Mathematica and solving equations.

you will learn how to

  • Understand the general structure of Mathematica
  • Find your way in the Help system and documentation
  • Perform exact calculations (manipulating formulas)
  • Perform numerical calculations
  • Create 2D and 3D graphs


Maths knowledge at secondary school level suffices.


Mathematica — Basic Principles II — includes pattern matching (free)
Programming with Mathematica (free)


Regular courses are held at our office in Amsterdam. Sometimes we provide the courses on site. The location is then mentioned in the agenda below.


1 October 2019, 10.00-17.00 Amsterdam




Prof.dr. Fred Simons

Fred Simons was born in Amsterdam. He worked at the University of Amsterdam and the Eindhoven University of Technology where he promoted on Markov processes. He was also a member of the Dutch Education Committee for Mathematics and chairman of the Mathematics Working Group of SEFI, European Society for Engineering Eduction.

All Mathematica 12 events:
1 October 2019 Mathematica Basic Principles I (free) 10.00-17.00 Amsterdam subscribe
2 October 2019 Mathematica Basic Principles II, includes pattern matching (free) 10.00-17.00 Amsterdam subscribe