Mathematica, maple, etc

1. Nov 3, 2007

proton

I'm a 3rd year physics major and I just transferred to my new school. So far, on a couple of the HW's one of my professors has assigned problems that required programs such as mathematica, or maple, etc. I had no idea about what these programs were for until now. Are upper-div classes gonna require these programs as well? If so, which is the best to buy? Or are there better progrmas online that are free?

2. Nov 3, 2007

mr_coffee

proton why would you buy it?

Good luck!

4. Nov 3, 2007

proton

which computers would have it? the main library's or the physics learning center? I've never actually used the computers in the physics learning center

5. Nov 3, 2007

leon1127

then you should check it out. I personally like mathematica better. Although maple's syntax is more usually notation alike.

6. Nov 3, 2007

malawi_glenn

Here we have like 20 computer rooms with approx 20 computers each, all have matlab, mathematica etc on them. But not the computers at the library. So I would check the computers at your physics learning center.

7. Nov 3, 2007