UG4: Computer Algebra

This course runs in semester 2. See the timetable for further details (the code for Computer Algebra is "ca").

Monday Location: Room 02M.24 of the Medical School Teviot, beside McEwan Hall off George Square. To find it go to the quadrangle behind the McEwan Hall and take the West entrance, this is labelled "William Robertson Wing". If going by the stairs go to level 2M, if taking the lift press 2+ (not 2). Turn right and the room is to your left after about 25 feet (the door to the room is at right angles to the corridor).

Thursday Location: Appleton Tower Room 4.12.




The schedulle for this is shown below. Each of the three assignments will be placed on this page at the time of issue and printed versions handed out at the lecture on the date of issue. Three exercises lasting 3 weeks each, note however that each can be down within 2 weeks (the extra week is to help you with scheduling your deadlines). Links will appear here at the appropriate times.

Maple 18: You can launch this on DICE machines from a terminal window by xmaple18&. Please note that there are only 5 licences so quit Maple as soon as you are finished and be considerate to other users by keeping your session within reasonable limits. Only students who are offically registerred for the course will be able to run Maple.

Maple 3d graphics in DICE: Please follow the instrutions here to get 3d graphics working on DICE machines. The speed is not great and the quality suffers somewhat so best not to be too ambitious with these.

Maple related


Axiom is a powerful computer algebra system with a rather different feel from Maple. It is now available for free from here and here. The first site has various other resources including a free book. The main downside is that the interface is very old fashioned by now but the things that matter most, the mathematical algorithms, are very advanced. If you are using a Mac then make sure you have installed X11 before running Axiom; for Windows follow the instructions on the web site. Please note that this information is supplied for your interest, the assignments must be done in Maple.

Kyriakos Kalorkoti, IF5.26

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