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Comparisons of Mathematica, MapleSoft and MatLab

  1. Mar 13, 2010 #1
    I am looking to invest some time into learning one of these programs, higher math and physics, can someone contrast and compare these programs, strengths/weaknesses etc?
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  3. Mar 13, 2010 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    I like Mathematica best, but I made my choice back when Maple was really unstable. Really MatLab is a different thing entirely since it is just numeric and not symbolic. I wouldn't put them on the same list, I would put MatLab on a list with IDL instead.
  4. Mar 13, 2010 #3


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    Matlab DOES have symbolic packages, but it is nowhere near mathematica's level of refinement. Mathematica also has a crazy amount of packages for all different things.
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