Preliminary version from Feb 15, 2005; revised Aug 28, 2005.

Distribution is encouraged, comments are welcome and should be mailed to the editor.

Editor: Boris.Gaertner@gmx.net

This tutorial covers the use of Maxima. Apart from own material, it uses - in modified form - material from the homepage http://www.ma.utexas.edu/users/wfs of William F. Schelter (see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Schelter), the late maintainer of Maxima.

If you do not have a copy of **Maxima**, but want to have one, you
should read the download information.
To really understand **Maxima**, you will have to work with that great
program. Installing **Maxima** is simple, do not hesitate to try it!

For a first try of Maxima, you may wish to try the examples in First Steps with Maxima.

The use of a computer algebra program is not always easy. The beginner feels often a bit helpless when he needs a function to perform a special operation. One has to exercise the use of Maxima to become an expert. It is a good idea to try to solve exercises from textbooks.

- Download Information
- First Steps with Maxima
- Getting Started
- Symbolic Integration
**Worked Examples:**- Zeroes of an Univariate Polynomial
- Trigonometric Transformations
- Step-by-Step Computation of a Partial Fraction Decomposition
- A Chapter from Geometry: Planar and Spacial Curves
- Line Integrals
- Computation of the Reciprocal of an Irrational Number
- Polynomial Arithmetic with Rests
- Ordinary Differential Equations
- Difference Equations
- Computation of Limits
- Computation of Finite and Infinite Sums

- Programming with Maxima
- File Access from Maxima
- Use of Lisp
- Facts about Lisp

A script "Maxima Guide for Calculus Students" (in PDF) can be downloaded from the internet page of Moses Glasner: http://www.math.psu.edu/glasner/