Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Using wxMaxima

wxMaxima is a good simple alternative for an application like Mathematica, and works well.

A few things :
  1. Use Ctrl+Enter to execute statements
  2. To define a variable x with value 1234, do
    x : 1234
  3. To undefine, remove, or unset, a variable use
    kill(x)
  4. If the results are too long they would be shortened to a certain length with output like 347746739180370201052517440604[198 digits]155521811399837428754848, which is not much useful. To get the whole output, do
    set_display(ascii)
    To reset back to original, do
    set_display(xml)
  5. To always get a numeric floating point output (there will be other complications), set
    numer: true
More to come soon.

References:

http://www.arachnoid.com/maxima/first_examples.html 

http://maxima.sourceforge.net/docs/manual/en/maxima_5.html#numer 

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