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