
Maxima PrimerMaxima is a computer program for doing mathematics calculations, symbolic manipulations, numerical computations and graphics. Procedures can be programmed and then run by Maxima to do complex tasks. Much of the syntax for other languages such as Maple was copied from Maxima. Full documentation is available. To do basic operations, a line is typed, followed by a
semicolon, and then entered. This can be done in the window above.
Alternately you may edit the blue portions in this buffer, and click
on them, to see the result evaluated above and/or inserted in
this window, depending on what was specified in the html source for this
file.
For example clicking below
Here are some examples from basic calculus. To have Maxima evaluate the derivative of the function below, click on this line.
Maxima can calculate indefinite integrals.
Maxima can perform calculations to arbitrary precision. The following example computes Pi to one hundred decimal places.
Linear AlgebraFor example, matrices can be entered and manipulated. Click these two lines.
Maxima can solve ODEs analytically and numerically. Click the following line for an example of an analytic solution.
Defining a FunctionThe standard form is
Local variables: The 