MACSYMA: Capabilities and applications to problems in engineering and the sciences

  • Richard Pavelle
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 203)


MACSYMA™ is a large, interactive computer system designed to assist engineers, scientists, and mathematicians in solving mathematical problems. A user supplies symbolic inputs and MACSYMA yields symbolic, numeric or graphic results. This talk provides an introduction to MACSYMA and provides the motivation for using the system. Many examples are given of MACSYMA's capabilities with actual computer input and output. Also presented are several applications where MACSYMA has been employed to deal with problems in engineering and the sciences.


Computer Algebra System Physical Review Letter Ordinary Differential Equation System Underwater Shock Wave Indefinite Integration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Pavelle
    • 1
  1. 1.MACSYMA GroupSymbolics, Inc.Cambridge

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