Once you have personalized your copy of Mathematica, you are ready to start running Mathematica.
1. Double-click the Mathematica icon on the CD.
From hard drive:
1. Double-click the Mathematica icon inside the Mathematica folder.
2. Here is your screen after startup.
On the left is a new notebook.On the right is a palette for entering special input.
3. Type 2+2 and then press (hold down the Shift key and press Return) to tell Mathematica to evaluate your input.
Labels are added automatically.Output is placed below the input.
Note: Your first calculation will take longer than subsequent calculations because the Mathematica kernel has to start up.
Mathematica is made of two parts: a kernel and a front end. The kernel is the part that does calculations. The front end is the part that handles notebooks and interaction with the user.
T I P S See Using Palettes for how to use palettes.
On most keyboards you can press
to tell Mathematica to evaluate your input. Pressing
by itself gives you a new line in the same cell.
See Memory Management if your machine has limited memory.
You can interact directly with the kernel using a text-based interface.
The front end and the kernel will be listed in the Application menu as Mathematica 3.0 and MathKernel, respectively.