
expanding the use of symbolic computation in engineering .. was Re:
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May 23, 2013 3:51 AM


On 5/21/2013 11:18 PM, mathgroup wrote: > I want to comment on my experience , limited of course, with students of > Engineering, Engineers and Professors of Engineering.....my background is > Physics... > > First, I get the impression that , in the main, Symbolic Computation, etc. > is not something they are really interested in... ... > Again, of course, this is my limited experience...Perhaps others have had > different and better ones... > > Jerry Blimbaum > >
I think your experience is typical, and that the "sweet spot" for engineering computation is not in symbolic computation nor Mathematica in particular. Certainly educators don't view symbolic computation as key to any particular course that is in the core curriculum. See for example...
my own institution, University of California at Berkeley describes the curriculum here: http://coe.berkeley.edu/students/currentundergraduates/handoutsanditemsformainpage/201112%20Announcement.pdf
no mention of Mathematica, though a numeric program is mentioned in the TITLE of one course on computer programming.
Searching through the whole ME web site reveals that a few courses allow that proficiency in some programming language, which could be in Mathematica, is recommended or required. Proficiency in Mathematica as a job skill... uh, monster.com lists 19 jobs with a keyword of Mathematica. at least 6 of them are at Mathematica Policy Research, unrelated to the program. Over 1000 for some others.
Usually the "killer app" for computer algebra is thought to be something related to education or perhaps testing. There are too few actual "mathematical researchers" to make much of a market.
So one strategy for WRI is to make Mathematica competitive in areas that have little or nothing to do with symbolic computation. And that is what it is doing.
Web design and service Knowledge, uh, stuff. Data base Graphics, animation, games, Numerics, statistics, traditional application packages (e.g. signals, materials, control...) Business "analytics"
So all you people who say that SW should buckle down and do the symbolic math right (or do the arbitrary precision arithmetic or intervals or other fundamentals right).
yeah, you can ask for that, but don't hold your breath. WRI is a commercial operation.
RJF

