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Re: Which of the following computer programs do you use the most?

CrazyBillyO
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I actually use Scientific Notebook for Diff Eq, but SN is Maple, or rather, it uses it to a great extent. Close enough.

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31 August 2000, 01:22 GMT


Re: Which of the following computer programs do you use the most?

ikecam
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Mathematica is the most fully featured program, but it's the hardest to use. Matlab and Maple are excellent programs, though.

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31 August 2000, 04:42 GMT


Mathematica

RAMA

Hi.I just wanted to know where I can find Mathematica information on the web, and about how much does the newest version cost?

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31 August 2000, 05:00 GMT


Re: Which of the following computer programs do you use the most?

Jonah Cohen
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Heh when I need to do math and I'm at the computer, I just fire up good ole VTI...

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31 August 2000, 05:25 GMT


Re: Which of the following computer programs do you use the most?

Edward Shore

I do not use any regularly, but I used Mathematica a number of times and I am very impressed with the program.

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31 August 2000, 17:07 GMT


Re: Which of the following computer programs do you use the most?

mad_scientist
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Here are my personal experiences with these programs (emphasis on personal)
Derive: never used it, but unless it is significantly better than the TIAMS, it qualifies for PoS award.
Maple: a student's choice. Easy to use, good at what it does (like homework). A professional's nightmare: slow, weak and ugly. Students who are familiar with Mathematica, usually despise Maple (me for example).
Matlab: Has good numerics, quite fast. Has poor interface IMHO. (my experience with it is limited by 1.5 hours, so don't trust me too much on this one)
MathCAD: somewhat like maple but more professionally oriented. Nice interface, versatile, good symbolics.
Mathematica: in my opinion, better than all packages above put together. Fastest, most powerful, most versatile, most featured, most whatever. Rumors that it is hard to use are only partially true. It is almost impossible to know thousands of things it can do, but all necessary information for solving a particular problem can be found by pressing F1. Student version: $150. Professional version: $1500. Student version has very same capabilities, but prints "Mathematica student version" on the printouts.
Go see Mathematica online manual by clicking the url above
If you're math freak, also visit
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/

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1 September 2000, 01:41 GMT





Re: Re: Which of the following computer programs do you use the most?

Sesquipedalian

From what I've read, though, MATLAB is truely a different class of product. It focuses on pure number crunching, while the others are intended for symbolic work.
Maple isn't really much easier to use than mathematica, once you get used to mathematica's weird syntax (e.g., [] for functions). I doubt either one of them is significantly faster than the other for the same operations. And from looking through the help index, maple seems to have just as many strange sounding functions whose names I don't know as mathematica does. I doubt that its base code is really less powerful. What makes mathematica the better choice for professionals is the way it can be extended with modules and even stuff written in c (with mathlink). Look at the page for the Optics addon, for example (too lazy to find the link).
I have used derive and it truely is a PoS. MathCAD I have never used so I won't comment.
btw, MathWorld at mathworld.wolfram.com is the single greatest mathematics site that I've seen. I've been going there since before it was on the wolfram site, and it's been quite helpful on a number of occasions.

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1 September 2000, 20:17 GMT


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