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Introduction to Maple. (English) Zbl 0779.65001

New York: Springer-Verlag. xiii, 497 p. (1993).
This is an introductory book on one of the most powerful computer algebra systems, viz, Maple: The primary emphasis in this book is on learning those things that can be done with Maple and how it can be used to solve mathematical problems. In this book usage of Maple as a programming language is not discussed at a higher level than that of defining simple procedures and using simple language constructs. However, the Maple data structures are discussed in detail.
This book is divided into eighteen chapters spanning a variety of topics. Starting with an introduction to symbolic computation and other similar computer algebra systems, this book covers several topics like polynomials and rational functions, series, differentiation and integration, differential equations, linear algebra, 2-D and 3-D graphics, etc. The applications covered include kinematics of the Stanford manipulator, a 3-component model for cadmium transfer through the human body, molecular-orbital Hückel theory, prolate spheroidal coordinates and Moore-Penrose inverses.
At the end of each chapter, a good number of excercises is given. A list of relevant references is also given at the end of the book.
This book is very useful to all users of Maple package.
Reviewer: T.C.Mohan (Madras)

MSC:

65-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to numerical analysis
68-01 Introductory exposition (textbooks, tutorial papers, etc.) pertaining to computer science
68W30 Symbolic computation and algebraic computation
65Dxx Numerical approximation and computational geometry (primarily algorithms)
65Lxx Numerical methods for ordinary differential equations
68N15 Theory of programming languages
65B10 Numerical summation of series
65Fxx Numerical linear algebra
65D18 Numerical aspects of computer graphics, image analysis, and computational geometry

Software:

Maple; AXIOM
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