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A Introduction to Maple Maple is a powerful mathematical calculator, often called a computer algebra system ( CAS ) or symbolic mathematics program, because unlike most calculators it can do alge- bra and calculus symbolically. For example, it can expand the product ( x + 1) 30 into the normal representation of this polynomial, and it can factor the result back into the original form. It can compute the derivative or antiderivative of 3 x/ x 2 + 2 x + 47. It can also serve as a numerical calculator, but again unlike most calculators it can do integer and rational number arithmetic exactly, no matter how many digits are involved. If it is unde- sirable or impossible to express a result exactly, Maple can do numerical approximation. Finally, Maple can do some quite sophisticated graphing in both 2 and 3 dimensions.
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Unformatted text preview: To learn how to use some of Maple’s features, you should work through this tutorial step by step. What you should type will be shown in the left hand column in typewriter style ; comments and explanations will appear at the right. You should do everything listed here, but you should feel free to experiment too. If you leave something out or do something extra it may change the results of some later computations. (If you want to experiment along the way, try using different names for functions and variables than the ones in the examples.) To start Maple, log in on one of the workstations in the math lab. Click on the Maple button on the bar at the bottom of the screen. When the Maple window comes up, you are ready to give commands to Maple. 275...
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