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A Short Maple Primer

Krister Forsman, Dept. of Electrical Engineering
Linköping University, S-581 83 Linköping, Sweden



Maple is a nice and powerful computer algebra system. There is also a very readable manual for Maple. However, many people do not do symbolic calculations every day and may need to use the program only occasionally. This is a manual for those people. It is totally incomplete, it has examples instead of general syntax description of the commands, it only accounts for a small fraction of the existing functions.

The basic idea is: look here for the function you need, and if there is not enough information about it here (there typically won't be) use the on-line documentation or read the real manual. The Maple-version described here is version V. Caveat: since the functions are mostly explained by examples, most of them have more facilities and are more powerful than it appears here.