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Unformatted text preview: of Maple. It describes both the symbolic and numeric capabilities, introducing the available Maple objects, commands, and methods. Emphasis is placed on finding solutions, plotting or animating results, and exporting worksheets to other formats. More importantly, this manual presents the philosophy and methods of use intended by the designers of the system. Audience The information in this manual is intended for first time Maple users. As an adjunct, access to the Maple help system is recommended. Manual Set There are three other manuals available for Maple users, the Maple Getting Started Guide, the Maple Introductory Programming Guide, and the Maple Advanced Programming Guide.1 • The Maple Getting Started Guide contains an introduction to the graphical user interface and a tutorial that outlines using Maple to solve mathematical problems and create technical documents. It also 1 The Student Edition does not include the Maple Introductory Programming Guide and the Maple Advanced Programming Guide. These programming guides can be purchased from school and specialty bookstores or directly from Maplesoft. 1 2• Preface includes information for new users about the help system, New User’s Tour, example worksheets, and the Maplesoft Web site. • The Maple Introductory Programming Guide introduces the basic Maple programming concepts, such as expressions, data structures, looping and decision mechanisms, procedures, input and output, debugging, and the MapletTM User Interface Customization System. • The Maple Advanced Programming Guide extends the basic Maple programming concepts to more advanced topics, such as modules, input and output, numerical programming, graphics programming, and compiled code. Whereas this book highlights features of Maple, the help system is a complete reference manual. There are also examples that you can copy, paste, and execute immediately. Conventions This manual uses the following typographical conventions. • courier font - Maple command, package name, and option name • bold roman font - dialog, menu, and text field • italics - new or important concept, option name in a list, and manual titles • Note - additional information relevant to the section • Important - information that must be read and followed Customer Feedback Maplesoft welcomes your feedback. For suggestions and comments related to this and other manuals, contact doc@maplesoft.com. 1 Introduction to Maple Maple is a Symbolic Computation System or Computer Algebra System . Maple manipulates information in a symbolic or algebraic manner. You can obtain exact analytical solutions to many mathematical problems, including integrals, systems of equations, differential equations, and problems in linear algebra. Maple contains a large set of graphics routines for visualizing complicated mathematical information, numerical algorithms for providing estimates and solving problems where exact solutions do not exist, and a complete and comprehensive programming language for developing custom functions and applications. Worksheet Graphical In...
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