Interactivity in Mathematica
basic principles for constructing Graphical User Interfaces (free)

about the course

In Mathematica 6, a lot of new functions were introduced for creating interactivity in notebooks. The most important of these is Manipulate. That function is very easy to use and produces very good looking interactive output.

If Manipulate suits your needs, then there is no reason for attending this course. But Manipulate itself is built upon a lot of more fundamental functions, that can be used for constructing more fine tuned interactive output. Doing so requires not only knowledge of the tools that can be used, but also a good insight how these functions interact. In the course a lot of small examples will be given demonstrating these tools, in particular Dynamic, DynamicModule and a lot of controllers, such as InputField, Slider. Other fundamental tools are Button and EventHandler. Also a much more extended example will be presented, demonstrating a lot of interactivity that cannot be achieved with Manipulate.

Throughout the course there will be ample time for discussion.

This course is maybe best described by the comments of Wilbert van Meerwijk of the Radboud University Nijmegen:

Mathematica is capable of tackling very complex issues in an extraordinary straightforward manner. It is essential that one understands what it is one wants to achieve.

Fred Simons demonstrates the fundamental changes in Mathematica 6 using very simple to understand examples which help to take a mental hurdle one would possibly not overcome without this course.


Regular courses are held at our office in Amsterdam. Sometimes we provide the courses on site. The location is then mentioned in the agenda below.


20 May 2014, 10.00-17.00




Prof.dr. Fred Simons

Fred Simons was born in Amsterdam. He worked at the University of Amsterdam and the Eindhoven University of Technology where he promoted on Markov processes. He was also a member of the Dutch Education Committee for Mathematics and chairman of the Mathematics Working Group of SEFI, European Society for Engineering Eduction.