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Old 1st May 2012, 03:38 PM   #1
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low cost math program?

Hello, are their low cost ( < $100) or even free user friendly math programs out there, for personal use? Some of the big boys are priced more for institutions; thanks!
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Old 1st May 2012, 03:47 PM   #2
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I use SymPy due to it being Python-based (and free). There are others out there:

http://www.opensourcemath.org/opensource_math.html
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Old 1st May 2012, 04:26 PM   #4
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GeoGebra's nice (for geometry & algebra); free, too.
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Old 1st May 2012, 05:04 PM   #5
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I don't know if you'd describe it as easy to use but Scilab is excellent. There's also Octave but (I'm told) it's rather rough still. Both are similar to Mathlab.
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Old 1st May 2012, 06:16 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by orange31 View Post
Hello, are their low cost ( < $100) or even free user friendly math programs out there, for personal use? Some of the big boys are priced more for institutions; thanks!

What exactly do you mean by "math program"?
A calculator program?
Spreadsheet?
Accounting software?
Math tutor?
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Old 1st May 2012, 07:10 PM   #7
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If you're interested in online resources, there's http://www.wolframalpha.com/ from the makers of Matlab. It's no substitute for Matlab/SciLab/Octave, but it can do some pretty impressive things.
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Old 2nd May 2012, 01:12 AM   #8
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Originally Posted by xtifr View Post
If you're interested in online resources, there's http://www.wolframalpha.com/ from the makers of Matlab. It's no substitute for Matlab/SciLab/Octave, but it can do some pretty impressive things.
wolframalpha is from the makers of Mathematica, not Matlab.
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Old 2nd May 2012, 03:08 AM   #9
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I usually understand "Math software" = "Computer Algebra System".

Is that what you want?

If so, this Wiki article gives a pretty nice overview.

The vast majority of them are free (open source and/or publicly licensed). Some are insanely expensive (though those expensive commercial ones are usually 'nicer', user friendlier, and with more complete feature lists). A handful are cheap.
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Old 2nd May 2012, 08:03 AM   #10
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Yes, something that can do calculus, advanced algebra - thanks for the help!
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Old 2nd May 2012, 03:36 PM   #11
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Let's also bump this one occasionally for the benefit of others who might want similar programs/ assistance!! And BUMP!!
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Old 4th May 2012, 02:06 PM   #12
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And, thus I bumpeth!!
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Old 4th May 2012, 06:21 PM   #13
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again. Keep watching the threads!
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Old 5th May 2012, 06:42 PM   #14
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And, probably last for this one - we'll check the views number tomorrow and decide....
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It's up a good bit so one more, then.......
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Originally Posted by fuelair View Post
It's up a good bit so one more, then.......
It's possible that most of views are from people like me, who see the thread come up in their subscription list or the main page and click on it to see if anybody's said anything interesting, only to be disappointed that it's just another bump.

(Of course, I could always remove it from my subscription list, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet. Normally I clear out a whole bunch of threads from the list at once.)
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