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## Main Question or Discussion Point

I'm wondering what your opinions are concerning Mathematica and Maple. I'm about to order one or the other for my calculus class (in a high school, college credit/level class). I'm anticipating on getting students at least somewhat familiar with what software will do. I'm also planning on using the software to help model problems for algebra/geometry.

I used Mathematica frequently and was very familiar with it about 6-8 years ago, but haven't spent much time on it since.

Because I was "brought up on" Mathematica, it tends to skew my opinion. I've never even touched Maple. However, I'm asking - is my familiarity with mathematica enough to make it the software of choice for my classes? Or would perhaps Maple or some other package be better? (Resulting in some sort of learning curve for me - not that I'm afraid to learn it; but I don't hesitate to believe I can create a ton of animations that would facilitate my lower ability math students gaining some conceptual understanding of what most of us would probably consider simple topics.)

Thanks!

I used Mathematica frequently and was very familiar with it about 6-8 years ago, but haven't spent much time on it since.

Because I was "brought up on" Mathematica, it tends to skew my opinion. I've never even touched Maple. However, I'm asking - is my familiarity with mathematica enough to make it the software of choice for my classes? Or would perhaps Maple or some other package be better? (Resulting in some sort of learning curve for me - not that I'm afraid to learn it; but I don't hesitate to believe I can create a ton of animations that would facilitate my lower ability math students gaining some conceptual understanding of what most of us would probably consider simple topics.)

Thanks!