2.0 was introduced last year with increased computational, graphics, and user-interface capabilities.
Macsyma, Maple, and Mathematica are symbol crunchers.
And he concedes that Macsyma, Maple, and Mathematica can do more than can Derive.
"Derive is to Macsyma, Maple, and Mathematica as a calculator is to a computer."
In our survey, eight products stood out: DSP Development's DADiSP, Macsyma, MATLAB, Numerical Algorithms Group's AXIOM, Prescience's Theorist, Soft Warehouse's DERIVE XM, Waterloo Maple's Maple V, and Mathematica.
Maple, for example, has more than 2,500 functions; Macsyma, more than 2,000; and Mathematica, more than 2,200.
It is likely that some features of constraint languages such as inequalities, booleans, inversibility, etc., will be of interest to Macsyma
software combines symbolic mathematical computation with numerical analysis and graphics.
Symbolic manipulators, such as MACSYMA
and REDUCE, capable of powerful and nonobvious manipulations, notably differentiations, integrations, and reductions of expressions to minimal terms.
The company installed several programs, including Patran (PDA Engineering, Costa Mesa, Calif.); Nastran (MacNeal-Schwendler Corp., Los Angeles), which was later replaced by Abaqus (Hibbitt, Karlsson, and Sorensen, Inc., Providence, R.I.); ACSL (Advanced Continuous Simulation Language, Mitchell and Gauthier Associates, Concord, Mass.); Macsyma
(Symbolics, Inc., Burlington, Mass.); Pro-Matlab (MathWorks, Inc., Natick, Mass.); and DADS (Dynamic Analysis and Design System, Computer Aided Design Software, Inc., Oakdale, Iowa).
Capability: Symbolics, Inc., has ported its Macsyma program for algebra, calculus, and symbolic math to personal computers containing the 80386 CPU.
The new release, called PC Macsyma, provides most of the functions offered by the mainframe version.