Learntofish's Blog

A blog about math, physics and computer science

Maxima – A free Computer Algebra System

Posted by Ed on May 17, 2009

Computer Algebra Systems (CAS) are programs that allow manipulating equations. That is their specialty lies in the ability to manipulate symbols. For example if I wanted to expand
(x+y)^3
the result would be
(x+y)^3 = x^3 + 3 x^2 y + 3 x y^2 + y^3
Maxima is such program and the best is that it is freely available.
If you want to determine the integral of
(\text{sin}(x))^2
then Maxima tell you
\int (\text{sin}(x))^2 dx= \frac{x-\frac{\text{sin}\left( 2\,x\right) }{2}}{2}
There is a very nice 10 minute tutorial on Maxima here.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: