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Maxima

Maxima

Maxima is a system for the manipulation of symbolic and numerical expressions, including differentiation, integration, Taylor series, Laplace transforms, ordinary differential equations, systems of linear equations, polynomials, and sets, lists, vectors, matrices, and tensors. 

Maxima yields high precision numeric results by using exact fractions, arbitrary precision integers, and arbitrarily precision floating point numbers.

Maxima can plot functions and data in two and three dimensions. Octave package is able to perform matrix and vector mathematics, numerically solve differential equations, and plot data utilizing Gnuplot.

The software is derived from the Macsyma system, developed at MIT in the years 1968 through 1982 as part of Project MAC.& Macsyma was revolutionary in its day, and many later systems, such as Maple and Mathematica, were inspired by it.

 Maxima 5.36.1

Price
Free to download

Size
28.2MB

License
GNU GPL v2

Developer
Too many to list bearing in mind Macsyma (its predecessor) started development in 1969

Website
maxima.sourceforge.net

System Requirements
Lisp
gnuplot-nox

Support:
Documentation, Wiki, FAQ, Mailing Lists, SourceForge Project Page

Selected Reviews:
osreviews.net

Features include:

  • Manipulation of symbolic and numerical expressions
  • Differentiation
  • Integration
  • Taylor series
  • Laplace transforms
  • Ordinary differential equations
  • Systems of linear equations
  • Polynomials
  • Sets, lists, vectors, matrices, and tensors
    Complete programming language with ALGOL-like syntax
  • Lisp-like semantics, facilitating teaching programming and computer algebra
  • Uses Gnuplot for drawing
  • Various graphical user interfaces (GUI) are available for Maxima: wxMaxima is a cross platform GUI based on wxWidgets, TeXmacs and SAGE can be used to provide an interactive GUI.  Another alternative is Imaxima, and an Emacs interaction mode

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