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\section{Introduction}
\Max\ (pronounced \maxp\footnote{The acronym was adopted for the opensource version of \Max\ is the corruption of the main project name MACSYMA, which stands for Project MAC's
SYmbolic MAnipulation System. {\it MAC} itself is an acronym, usually
cited as meaning Man and Computer or Machine Aided Cognition. The
Laboratory for Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
was known as Project MAC during the initial development of MACSYMA.})
is a large computer program designed for the manipulation
of algebraic expressions. You can use \Max\
for manipulation of algebraic expressions involving
constants, variables, and functions. It can
differentiate, integrate, take limits, solve equations,
factor polynomials, expand functions in power series, solve differential
equations in closed form, generate fortran programs and perform many other
operations. It also has a programming language that you can use to
extend \Max's capabilities to new domains.
If you are new to computeraided algebraic manipulation, you will be surprised
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4
(d67) sin (x)
(c68) letsimp(%);
4 2
(d68) cos (x)  2 cos (x) + 1
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We have not exhausted
\Max\
facilities for
dealing with trigonometric functions, or for that matter, its
facilities for defining and applying rules.
Poisson series, mentioned earlier, deals with a special class of
trigonometric expressions frequently used in celestial
mechanics have a special representation. A program called
{\tt trigsimp}
may provide appropriate simplifications in a goaldriven fashion
(to make the smallest expression).
