Great program for symbolic calculus
December 05, 2019

Great program for symbolic calculus

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Mathematica is a great tool for solving mathematical problems. Compared to other alternatives programs, such as Maple or MATLAB, Mathematica is more often used in my work group as the go-to tool for solving symbolic maths problems, such as integration and differentiation, and then simplifying expressions, which can be used to assist and verify handwritten calculations.
  • Symbolic differentiation
  • Symbolic integration
  • Simplifying expressions
  • Quick plots
  • Not a fault as such, but there are instances of simple problems where Wolfram Alpha can be used more easily instead.
  • Positive ROI.
  • It has certainly helped with complicated derivations.
  • And verifying handwritten calculations.
Mathematica compares well to MATLAB, particularly when used for symbolic calculations. This requires the installation and purchase of an additional symbolic toolbox in MATLAB, whereas it comes as standard in Mathematica, which regardless is the preferred choice for me for this sort of problem.
For numerical calculations and greater control of plotting etc., MATLAB has a steeper learning curve but is more powerful.
I haven't ever needed support so I can't comment further on this question.

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Mathematica is well suited to solving symbolic calculus problems, including derivatives, integrals, simplifying expressions and collecting similar terms. This can help with a handwritten calculation and to verify that one has not made any mistakes.
For numerical problems, I prefer to use MATLAB and for the simplest problems I prefer Wolfram Alpha.

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