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I'm currently using my TI-89 calculator for all my calculations, it's fine, does everything I need, but, calculating precisely with some wierd irrational numbers just feels clumsy. Either typing them in by hand, or by defining a lot of variables (which means going to catalogue, etc). So, I'm thinking about learning to use a mathematical program.

I have both Maple and Mathematica available, but what are the differences between them?

Also, are there any good books or something like that, for learning how to use theese programs?

And are they any good at making documents for printing? As an alternative to writing in LaTeX/Word?

Thanks in advance :-)