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I'd like to discuss your experiences with pen and paper vs software. Especially young people are welcome to join the discussion :)

I'm wondering if there are people who do *most* of the symbolic calculations on a computer. I am very familiar with pen and paper and I've been wondering whether it would be worth a try to see if I can get familiar enough with symbolic software such as SageMath or Mathematica that I could use it for most of my work. Do you think this makes sense?

My current way of working is with pen and paper and occasionally Mathematica (when I need to e.g. simplify long expressions of if I know an integral has an answer I plug it in). I see obvious pros and cons to using software (pros being that it's programmable, it's very good at pattern matching and has a large database for doing stuff, cons being that it's not always very flexible, can't draw pictures and some say it makes the user dumber)

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# Using Mathematica vs pen and paper in Physics

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