Can I type in the function and tell it to solve it? Is MatLab better?

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- October 30th 2008, 09:15 PMmwokIs Maple good for learning math?
Can I type in the function and tell it to solve it? Is MatLab better?

- October 30th 2008, 10:15 PMChris L T521
Maple is a good CAS system to use. Its easier to use in comparison with MatLab or Mathematica, but MatLab is better for numerical calculations and the such [CaptainBlack knows a lot about MatLab]

However, I wouldn't depend on Maple to teach you things...I would use it to verify answers :)

To solve an equation, you can first define the function and then solve:

Input this into the Maple Interface (I would recommend using the Classic Worksheet)

**> f := x -> x^2-5*x+6:**

> solve(f,x);

.............................. 3,2

So in general, define the function:

f := x -> (function) :

and then use solve( f , x );

(note that : hides the output, where ; displays the output)

Does this make sense?

--Chris - October 31st 2008, 08:05 AMmwok
Yep, it does....I was thinking of using it to verify the answers.

I do all my math problems on a tablet pc using inking on OneNote. Since Maple doesn't have inking support, I have to use a keyboard to verify the problems in OneNote. That requires switching back and forth between keyboard and inking.

Does Maple have some kind of "notebook" section where I can write (input from keyboard) problems and solve them and then later verify them?