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Mathematica 6


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windows* mac
linux** unix

scientific numerical-computing algorithms visualization

Mathematica, created by Wolfram Research, isn't just a computation tool; it's great for documentation, development, visualization, deployment, simulation and modeling. It has proved to be a reliable and nearly perfect tool for any type of technical computing.

Mathematica's visualization engine allows you to visualize anything - discrete objects, images, data, diagrams, and functions. You can work on precise models and the visualization of mathematic formulae makes computations easy even for those who have trouble with math.

Mathematica includes a Manipulate function that makes it simple to make interface to control a computation or graphic. The Dynamic function provides sliders, checkboxes and other controls so that you can see changes in real time; it can also be employed with the Table command to make dynamic table content alterations. It also has automation to deal with external data, can extract metadata and data from content and can import content from the internet using built-in support. You can even import PDF files and over 120 graphic and sound formats are supported.

Hundreds of gigabytes of data from Wolfram's online data server are offered with the load-on-demand data source feature. The data is continually updated so that you don't have to fret about tying up storage with defunct data. Say you need to know the chemical composition of Ibuprophen; Mathematica can show you the chemical structure and compare it with that of Acetaminophen. You can research nearly any type of mathematical information from demographics to astronomy to use in your computations. There are advanced linear programming and numerical analysis along with statistical functions and calculations and nonlinear algorithms.

In short, Mathematica offers a wealth of useful features not only for mathematicians but for operations research professionals and students as well.

Open source Mathematica alternatives

Sage 4.1
Available for: windows mac linux unix java
SAGE is open source mathematics software that can be used to studying elementary to advanced number theory, algebra, cryptography, group theory and so much more. It includes interfaces to many other... Read more
Octave 3.3
Available for: windows mac linux unix java
Octave, a freely redistributable software, is used for numerical computation with an interactive environment. Students pick up the basics quickly, comfortably using it within just a few hours.... Read more
Scilab 4.1.2
Available for: windows mac linux unix java
Scilab is a toolbox for all of your numerical computing needs. It is a great software package for people working in engineering or scientific areas. Linear algebra, matrices, polynomials - everything... Read more

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