Mathematical Tools



This chapter describes the use of the free, open-source computer algebra system Maxima. Maxima is a system similar to Maple and Mathematica. The use of Maxima is illustrated by a number of examples. Special emphasis is placed on practical advice on how the software can be used, and the reader is made aware of difficulties and pitfalls of Maxima. The chapter also demonstrates how to use Maxima in practice by walking the reader through a number of examples taken from earlier chapters of the book.


Symbolic Computation Computer Algebra System Input Line Parametric Plot Command Line Interface 
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  1. 1.Computing LaboratoryUniversity of KentCanterbury, KentUK

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