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Issue 3.4

FEATURE

REALScience

Using REALbasic to solve scientific problems

Issue: 3.4 (March/April 2005)
Author: JC Cruz
Author Bio: JC is a freelance engineering consultant currently residing in British Columbia. He works on OS X applications and origami models while dreaming of retiring to the Atlantic provinces.
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Article Length (in bytes): 36,068
Starting Page Number: 19
Article Number: 3411
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Related Web Link(s):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Differential_equation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Runge-Kutta_methods
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Numerical_ordinary_differential_equations
http://home.earthlink.net/~delaneyrm/MPCalcPlugin.html
http://home.earthlink.net/~delaneyrm/PrecisionPlugin.html

Excerpt of article text...

REALScience is a series of occasional articles focused on the use of REALbasic to solve a number of science problems. The goal of REALScience is to introduce readers to mathematical algorithms and computer science concepts that are used by most scientific software. With some modifications, these same algorithms and concepts can also be used in non-scientific application such as games, spreadsheets, and so on.

When applicable, the basic mathematics behind each algorithm will be briefly described but not elaborated. Readers are assumed to have a working knowledge of college algebra, basic calculus, and of course, REALbasic.

Coffee and the Euler Method

The Problem with Coffee

As any coffee drinker would notice, a cup of hot java eventually gets "cold." In more scientific terms, the cup of coffee has attained thermal equilibrium with the surrounding temperature. But how long does it take for coffee to cool down?

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