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  • Sage

    Sage is a free open-source mathematics software system licensed under the GPL. It combines the power of many existing open-source packages into a common Python-based...

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    • Sage supports symbolic maths through Maxima vfricoDec 2016 • 2 agrees and 1 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Sage needs programming language skills, it doesn't support well symbolic math. Guest • Jul 2015 • 2 agrees and 5 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • MATLAB

    MATLAB is a numerical computing environment and programming language. Maintained by The MathWorks, MATLAB allows easy matrix manipulation, plotting of functions and...

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    • Mathematica is mainly a CAS (symbolic maths), but MATLAB is more for numeric analysis Guest • Dec 2016 • 7 agrees and 4 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • Both are comprehensive mathematics solutions, and have very similar features, as well as even both being commercial. snshepherdApr 2017 • 2 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • R (programming language)

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  • GNU Octave

    Octave is a computer program for performing numerical computations which is mostly compatible with MATLAB. It is part of the GNU...

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    • Octave needs programming language skills, it doesn't support well symbolic math. Guest • Jul 2015 • 3 agrees and 3 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Maxima

    Maxima is a system for the manipulation of symbolic and numerical expressions, including differentiation, integration, Taylor series, Laplace transforms, ordinary...

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    • It's free. It is also smaller, so starts up fast. Runs on Android devices as well. Lot's of functionality, including symbolic and numerical operations. Symbolic operations are not as extensive as Mathematica, but adequate for many operations. Numeric operations are considerably slower than Mathematica, and numerically oriented apps such as R, Matlab or Octave. Guest • Aug 2017 • 2 agrees and 0 disagrees Disagree   Agree
    • I'm a theoretical physicist and I can do almost al the math I need with Mxima Guest • Jun 2018 Disagree   Agree
    • It does support Symbolic math, but Matlab or Octave not vfricoDec 2016 • 2 agrees and 2 disagrees Disagree   Agree
  • Julia

    Julia is a high-level, high-performance dynamic programming language for technical computing, with syntax that is familiar to users of other technical computing...

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    • It's an easy, powerful, really fast language which feels like a mix of Python and Ruby but runs like C. It comes with many mathematical functions, has a good stack of libraries for graphs (including Matplotlib as PyPlot) and can be used with the Jupyter Notebook. Still not at version 1.0, but already a great tool! Guest • Feb 2017 Disagree   Agree
  • Maple

    Maple is a general-purpose commercial computer algebra system. Users can enter mathematics in traditional mathematical notation. Custom user interfaces can also be...

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  • Spyder

    Spyder (previously known as Pydee) is a free open-source Python development environment providing MATLAB-like features in a simple and light-weighted software, available...

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  • Scilab

    Scilab is a scientific software package for numerical computations providing a powerful open computing environment for engineering and scientific applications. Scilab is...

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  • SymPy

    SymPy is a Python library for symbolic computation. The stated goals of the library are to become a full-featured computer algebra system and to keep a simple code base...

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  • wxMaxima

    wxMaxima is a document based interface for the computer algebra system Maxima. wxMaxima uses wxWidgets and runs natively on Windows, X11 and Mac OS X. wxMaxima provides...

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  • Microsoft Mathematics

    Microsoft Mathematics is a desktop graphing calculator that can help you visualize and see mathematical concepts as you’ve never seen them before. Microsoft Mathematics...

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last version, 4.0, released in January 2011, can be still downloaded from the official website.
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    Python(x,y) is a free scientific and engineering development software for numerical computations, data analysis and data visualization based on Python programming...

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    • Discontinued Not maintained

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Good app but...

Comment by NightHeron
about Mathematica · Nov 2012 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

The biggest problem with Mathematica, is that it's not an open source app. I don't mean it's a problem for the money that it needs to buy it, but if you want to watch the errors in one chaotic system you cannot see the source to understand (find) the function that it produces the errors. (Sorry for my bad english).

When i try to communicate with Wolfram to give me the source code for sth like that, they send me an e-mail which it was say "Its company property"

So i refuse to go on with mathetica..
Just a tool for amateurs, not for professionals.

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Mathematica is a powerful piece of software, closed source or open. Not all applications are open-source, and you can't expect them to "give you" the source code. It is company property, and how else do you expect them to keep employees if they give away their source code for free? You should find some examples of the uses of Mathematica, it's quite useful. They also provide support for their product, as do most all software companies.

I’m agree with NightHeron there is no good reason in 2018 to use close source software. A company can exist with open-source product. It’s a shame universities promote this kind of software.