Maxima -- GPL CAS based on DOE-MACSYMA Icon

Maxima -- GPL CAS based on DOE-MACSYMA

Computer Algebra System written in Common Lisp

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Maxima is a computer algebra system comparable to commercial systems like Mathematica and Maple. It emphasizes symbolic mathematical computation: algebra, trigonometry, calculus, and much more.

For example, Maxima solves x^2-r*x-s^2-r*s=0 giving the symbolic results [x=r+s, x=-s].

Maxima can calculate with exact integers and fractions, native floating-point and high-precision big floats.

Maxima has user-friendly front-ends, an on-line manual, plotting commands, and numerical libraries. Users can write programs in its native programming language, and many have contributed useful packages in a variety of areas over the decades.

Maxima is GPL-licensed and largely written in Common Lisp. Executables can be downloaded for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android; source code is also available. An active community maintains and extends the system.

Maxima is widely used: annual direct downloads exceed 300,000. Many other users receive it through secondary distribution.

Maxima -- GPL CAS based on DOE-MACSYMA Web Site

Features

  • Specialized in symbolic operations but offering numerical capabilities too.
  • Can be accessed programmatically and extended, as the underlying Lisp can be called from it.
  • Complete programming language with ALGOL-like syntax but Lisp-like semantics.
  • Arbitrary-precision integers.
  • Rational numbers of sizes limited only by machine memory.
  • Arbitrarily large floating-point numbers ("bfloats").

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  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Many excellent features, continually updated, wide-ranging library of applications, runs on many Lisp implementations and so can be combined with AI and other software, and can be used as a front end for numerical libraries. Many users worldwide, responsive news group.

    Posted 06/15/2017
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    A complete, full-fledged and (if the big amount of functionality it offers is taken in consideration) still easy-to-use Computer Algebra System.

    Posted 02/19/2017
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    Maxima GUI

    Posted 01/05/2017
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Great computar algebra system!

    Posted 12/29/2016
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    Switched about 2 months ago from Maple to (Wx)Maxima and it works perfectly well ! Had to learn a lot of new things as some approaches are different (e.g. Maple dchange() now requires defining some gradients using gradef()) but on the whole no big problems. A little confusing are the 2 plot and draw libraries : how about dropping the plot library altogether ?

    Posted 10/28/2016
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Additional Project Details

Languages

English, Portuguese, Spanish

Intended Audience

Science/Research, Education, End Users/Desktop, Engineering

User Interface

X Window System (X11), Win32 (MS Windows), Console/Terminal, Tk

Programming Language

Lisp, C, Tcl

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2000-04-23

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