# The Computer Algebra Program MAXIMA - a Tutorial

Preliminary version from Feb 15^{th}, 2005.

Newest additions made at Apr 12^{th}, 2021

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

Editor: Boris.Gaertner@gmx.net

This tutorial covers the use of the computer algebra
program 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.

### Where to Start:

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 maths textbooks.

#### Note about the Use of mathML

For rendering mathematical formulae, some pages of
this tutorial use the markup language mathML. For the correct rendering
of such pages you need a browser that can display mathML. Firefox
is such a browser, many other browsers do not currently support mathML.

An earlier, and long outdated, version of this tutorial
is included in the SourceForge
distribution of Maxima. To find it, select the tab "Documentation" of that page. That inclusion was done
without my knowledge and I do not even know the maintainer of the
SourceForge page about Maxima.
Over the years, I was repeatedly asked to fix some imperfections and a
number of annoying typos in that version, but regrettably I see no way
to do that, because I do not have write access to that web page.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.