On 5/30/2013 5:07 AM, János Löbb wrote: > I think this course will be successful only if the majority of the > students already learned Mathematica in high school.
I do not think so. I've taken a Mathematica based course myself. It was 100% Mathematica, i.e. everything from HW's to exams was done using notebooks.
I had the feeling I was the only student in the class who even knew that Mathematica existed before the class started.
Many students did not even know how to type a command in the notebook when the course started, and many other basic things. So the first 2 weeks were are introduction to Mathematica.
It was a great course, and everyone seems at the end to have learned many things. Did not see any one drop out or scream or anything. It was a fun course actually even thought it was very hard work, because we used Mathematica as a tool to learn physics. It was a physics course at UCI.
The teacher Dr Peter Taborek, is an expert in Mathematica as well as being a Physics professor,and had his own book and software based on Mathematica which we used.