By Norman D. Thomson

The notion for this ebook grew out of proposals on the APL86 con­ ference in Manchester which resulted in the initiation of the I-APL (International APL) venture, and during it to the provision of an interpreter which might carry the benefits of APL in the technique of sizeable numbers of college kids and their academics. the incentive is that when university academics have glimpsed the probabilities, there'll be a spot for an "ideas" publication of brief courses with a purpose to permit beneficial algorithms to be introduced quickly into lecture room use, and maybe even to be written and built in entrance of the category. A test of the contents will convey how the conciseness of APL makes it attainable to deal with a massive diversity of subject matters in a small variety of pages. there's clearly a level of idiosyncrasy within the collection of subject matters - the choice i've got made displays algo­ rithms that have both proved helpful in actual paintings, or that have stuck my mind's eye as applicants for demonstrating the worth of APL as a mathematical notation. the place applicable, notes at the courses are meant to teach the naturalness with which APL bargains with the math involved, and to estab­ lish that APL isn't really, as is usually meant, an unreadable lan­ guage written in a extraordinary personality set.

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Inner product converts each such set to a product of roots (note that N*O = 1 for all N) The expression (( O. 1 pR) 0 • =+fT) gives a classification of these products with each row corresponding to the number of components (0,1, ... ). The +. x inner product then sums the products of roots according to these groupings. Finally (-1 * -1 + 1 pZ) adjusts for the fact that the sums of the products of roots yield the polynomial coefficients with alternating signs. 1. Recurrence Relations Terms of first order recurrence relation.

Gregory's Series n/4 = 1 - 3- 1 + 5- 1 - ••• GREGORY: 4x-\+ODDS R Euler's Series n/4 EULER = (2- 1 + 3- 1 ) - (2- 3 + 3- 3 )/3 + (2- 5 + 3- 5 )/5 -... *R)+R+-ODDS R Sum of reciprocals of squares of integers 48 APL Programs for the Mathematics Classroom Sum of reciprocals of fourth powers of integers I. Find the constants analagous to 6 and 90 which occur in the similarly defined functions SREG6. SREG8. SREG10. SREG12. (GREGORY 25). (EULER 25). 5JSREG4 25 which graphs them in the following top to bottom order of their leftmost points - GREGORY, EULER, SREC4, SREC2.

One of the considerable advantages of APL over other programming languages is that where only one algebraic quantity is involved in the formula this can often be generalized to a vector, or indeed a higher order array, to give multiple evaluations with no change in APL input. 8xC~O,10Xl10 APL Programs for the Mathematics Classroom 56 When more than one variable is involved in the formula, outer products can be used to obtain simultaneous evaluations. Examples: Volume of a cylinder : Formula oHxR*2 oHo • xR*2 Table Surface area of a cone: Formula oRxL oRo.

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