FriCAS – advanced computer algebra system

Last Updated on September 5, 2023

FriCAS is an advanced, open source, computer algebra system, a self-contained toolbox. Its capabilities range from calculus (integration and differentiation) to abstract algebra. It can plot functions and has an integrated help system.

The software is useful for symbolic calculations, mathematical research and for the development of new mathematical algorithms. FriCAS has a strongly-typed high-level programming language for expressing mathematical concepts. Over 1,000 mathematical domains and categories are collected in the FriCAS Library.

FriCAS has both an interactive language for user interactions and a programming language for building library modules. All components of the FriCAS algebra library are written in the FriCAS library language.

The FriCAS library can be extended in the programming language SPAD.

FriCAS was forked from the Axiom project in June 2007.

Features include:

  • Wide range of simple commands for symbolic mathematical problem solving.
  • Numerical library that includes operations for linear algebra, solution of equations, and special functions.
  • Interactive graphing.
  • Interactive programming language lets you define your own functions.
  • Variety of data structures are available for interactive use. These include strings, lists, vectors, sets, multisets, and hash tables.
  • Many kinds of mathematical structures. These range from simple ones (like polynomials and matrices) to more esoteric ones (like ideals and Clifford algebras).
  • Pattern matching.
  • Extensible – augment the FriCAS library, all using one common language. Library code, like interpreter code, is compiled into machine binary code for run-time efficiency.
  • FriCAS language is a rich language for performing interactive computations and for building components of the FriCAS library.

Support: Documentation
Developer: Waldek Hebisch
License: Modified BSD license

FriCAS is written in Clojure and C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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