In the field of mathematical software packages, applications such as Wolfram Research’s Mathematica, and Maplesoft’s Maple system used to instantly spring to mind. These were both highly popular, proprietary, commercial, integrated mathematical software environments. Other types of mathematical software packages generally received much less publicity.
One such area is interactive geometry software, which combines three branches of mathematics: geometry, calculus and algebra. This type of software allows users to create and modify constructions, which are generally in plane geometry. Construction involves building mathematical shapes out of points, lines, conic sections, hyperbola, ellipses, and circles. These diagrams can then be altered and the effects of the mathematical properties of the shapes can be observed.
Typically geometry software covers a wide range of application areas, including pure Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometry, computer-aided design, and computational kinematics. It is often found being used for learning and teaching mathematics in schools and colleges and for research purposes.
We make the following recommendations captured in a legendary LinuxLinks-style ratings chart. We include 2D and 3D software.
Click the links in the table below to learn more about each program.
|GeoGebra||Dynamic mathematics software for learning and teaching|
|Kig||KDE4 software for exploring geometric constructions|
|Dr. Geo||Interactive geometry software|
|SINGULAR||Commutative algebra system for polynomial computations|
|polymake||Research in polyhedral geometry|
|C.a.R.||Dynamic geometry program for use in schools and universities|
|Geometria||Interactive software for creating and solving problems in 3D gemoetry|
|Geomview||For mathematics research and education|
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