This book is designed to be a vital companion to math textbooks covering the topics of precalculus, calculus, linear algebra, differential equations, and probability and statistics. While these existing textbooks focus mainly on solving mathematic problems using the old paper-and-pencil method, this book teaches how to solve these problems using Maxima open-source software. 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, sets, lists, vectors, and matrices. One of the benefits of using Maxima to solve mathematics problems is the immediacy with which it produces answers. Investing in learning Maxima now will pay off in the future, particularly for students and beginning professionals in mathematics, science, and engineering. The volume will help readers to apply nearly all of the Maxima skills discussed here to future courses and research.
“Well written, and the chapters are organized logically. The book covers the essential topics that every engineer and science student needs to know in mathematics, not only theoretically but practically, using the open source software Maxima, so that students can improve their understanding of math by practicing in labs using Maxima. The examples in this book are arranged in increasing order of difficulty, and the step-by-step solutions make the book suitable for every student whatever his or her background or level. I recommend this book to accompany any mathematics book for engineering and science students. However, everyone can use it as a stand-alone for practicing and laboratory purposes.”
—K. Smaili, Professor and Chair, Department of Applied Mathematics, Lebanese University
Introduction to wxMAXIMA. Pre Calculus. Calculus. Linear Algebra. Differential Equations.