# 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