But let us return to Maxima.
The Maxima command limit can be used to evaluate limits of various real-variable expressions. For example
limit (x - 7, x, 3); produces - 4This stands for
limit (x-7, x=3);Whereas in Mathematica, the corresponding phrase would be:
Limit [x-7, x->3]
In Mathematica we don't use semicolons to terminate expressions. In Maxima and in Maple we do. In Mathematica, as in Fortran, the command terminator is a new-line. But when you work with a Mathematica worksheet, a newline merely transfers you to another line. In this case you must either type the Enter key, on the far right of your keyboard, or Shift-Return in order to terminate a Mathematica command.
Unlike Mathematica's and Maple's own worksheet interfaces, the Bill Schelter's book-mode does not have section boxes . When you work with the book-mode, you must remember the scope of anything you send to Maxima or to Maple. You get more freedom, but you also have to think more about what you do. This is usually the case with freedom anyway.
can also work with Maxima, Maple and Mathematica directly, without
worksheets or the book-mode, that, sometimes, do tend to get in the
way . Here is a Maxima
Maple and Maxima share a number of similarly named functions with quite
similar syntax. For example,
both can expand expressions. This is
In Mathematica all predefined functions have names that begin with
capital letters, square brackets are used for function arguments and
commands themselves are terminated with a newline:
x^2: Mathematica tries to immitate a standard mathematical notation. When two algebraic symbols are put together, as in ab, it is understood as ``a times b''
Mathematica is an odd-man-out in this company.