Key Topics | Skills to Master | Maple Commands | Examples of Use |
---|---|---|---|

General Use | Open, create, and save a Maple worksheet. | (see File menu) | File/Open |

File/New/Worksheet Mode | |||

File/Save | |||

Insert and delete execution groups. | (see Insert & Edit menus) | Insert/Execution
Group/Before Cursor | |

Insert/Execution Group/After Cursor | |||

Edit/Delete Element | |||

Use the Maple help system. | (see Help menu) | Help/Maple Help | |

? <command> | ?solve | ||

?plot | |||

Use special characters. | ; (end of command) | 2+3; | |

: (suppress output) | 2*3: | ||

% (previous result) | %; | ||

# (comment) | 3! = 3*2*1; # Factorials are fun! | ||

Variables vs. Names | Assign a value to a variable. | <var> := <value>; | x := 0; |

Unassign a variable. | <var> := '<var>'; | x := 'x'; | |

Understand how Maple evaluates variables and names. | eval | a :=
2; b := 1; a*x +
b; eval(%, x=0); | |

Solving Equations | Create and solve single equations. | solve | solve(a*x + b = 0, x); |

Create and solve systems of equations. | solve | solve({x+y=2, x-y=1}, {x,y}); | |

Convert exact results to numerical approximations. | evalf | evalf(%); | |

Plotting | Create 2-D plots of simple expressions. | plot | plot(x+1, x=0..5); |

Load the plots package (and other Maple packages). | with | with(plots); | |

Plot a list of points in the plane. | plots[pointplot] | P1 := [1,2];
P2 := [3,4]; L := [P1,P2]; pointplot(L); | |

Plot a curve using an implicit equation. | plots[implicitplot] | eq := y - x = 1; implicitplot(eq, x=0..5, y=1..6); | |

Display multiple plots simultaneously. | plots[display] | plot1
:= plot(x+1, x=0..5); plot2 := pointplot(L); display({plot1,plot2}); |

Created on 11/2/2006 by Jeremy Johnson
() and Frederick W. Chapman
().