I'm trying to have a math program on my computer for math-related things. I've been attempting to use matlab for a while now, but its far too confusing for my tastes. Is mathematica any easier to use?
There is Maxima (SourceForge link), based on a 1982 version of Macsyma. Macysyma is the granddaddy of Mathematica and Maple. Sorry, I haven't tried it.If it is a matter of budget, I'd go for mathematica, because there's no clone available, while there are good free clones of matlab (scilab for instance).
I have tried maxima before. It does give you a feel of what symbolic package is. However it feature is nowhere near maple or mathematica. I personally prefer mathematica because it is TOO POWERFUL compare to anyhting else on earthThere is Maxima (SourceForge link), based on a 1982 version of Macsyma. Macysyma is the granddaddy of Mathematica and Maple. Sorry, I haven't tried it.
Matlab provides a symbolic toolkit powered by the Maple engine. Unfortunately, the integration is not clean (and that is saying it nicely). Do the Matlab clones provide a symbolic toolkit? To date I have not been impressed by the Matlab clones.
It has made it to /., so everyone will know about it now. The site and its mirrors are quite slow, so I haven't read much about it. If anyone's interested, I managed to reach to the download page (32-bit Linux).http://modular.math.washington.edu/sage/index.html [Broken] for a more complete list. As I understand it, there is some hope that development of SAGE might revive development of Maxima, which currently lags far behind Maple by virtue of lacking such powerful commands as casesplit and such useful packages as Groebner. I think this initiative is extremely promising; if it succeeds it will fundamentally alter how mathematicians work and play (for the better, I think). To mention just one point, working mathematicians are probably well aware, for example, of the desirability of facile checking of Mathematica and Maple results against each other.
Anyone interested in making financial contributions or contributing to code can http://modular.math.washington.edu/sage/ack.html [Broken], with the goals of
Note that SAGE-2.8.12 is http://modular.math.washington.edu/sage/announce/sage-2.8.12.txt [Broken] for installation and beta testing.
- providing a discussion forum for SAGE developers around the world,
- providing tutorials for anyone interested in learning to use components of SAGE such as Maple, GAP, etc.,
- promoting the project to the world at large.
(Confusingly, there is a http://www.npl.washington.edu/npl/ar96/ch2_9.html [Broken] also called SAGE and also admininstered at UW. All three programs are distinct!)
BTW, a relevant conference ("camp meeting"?) which starts tommorrow (!!!!) is here.
Some of them are pretty asinine with their treatment of "Student Edition" licenses.Most of these programs have student editions that are reasonably priced (or about as "reasonable" as a textbook).