This chapter is a brief introduction to the use of Maple in the environment that you will discover at Stony Brook. It is not exhaustive and its sole purpose is to guide you through the first steps needed to start using this tool. Once you become familiar with the basics of Maple and can appreciate its advantages, we encourage you to experiment with it, not only to learn mathematics in more detail but also to help you in other courses and your own research. More advanced documentation is available on line, in the computer lab, and in the library.

Maple runs on many different types of computers and operating systems. For example, you might use Maple from a Sun workstation running Solaris (a flavor of Unix) in the computer lab, from a Windows computer in the library, and from a Macintosh at home. Maple behaves similarly on all of them; we will usually point it out when we use something specific to one type of computer.

- Starting a Maple Session
- Basic Maple

- The Maple worksheet
- Introducing the worksheet
- Worksheet basics: the front-end and the kernel
- Online Maple help
- Documenting and structuring your worksheet

- Assignments, Functions and Constants
- Assignment statements
- Variables and subsequent assignments: unassignments
- Functions known to Maple. How to define your own functions
- Special constants and reserved names

- The limit command
- The diff (and Diff) command

- The int (and Int) command

- The subs command

- Plotting with Maple

- Exercises

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