The Mathematical Sciences Department uses a number of different software packages in its various course offerings:

**Maple**

Computer Algebra System from Maplesoft for symbolic, numeric, and graphical computation. It is available via a network version on the various UNIT public sites, or on the citrix server via the web, and locally in some of the Mendel G computer classrooms in the Start menu program list. This is a required tool in the science / engineering calculus sequence Mat1500, 1505, 2500, and in differential equations with linear algebra Mat 2705.

**Computer Algebra Systems and Number Crunching Based Software**

The two leading computer algebra systems are Maple and Mathematica (from Wolfram Research Institute). We have an unlimited university site license for Maple and a limited site license for Mathematica. Engineering uses two numerical mathematics packages with limited symbolic tools: MATLAB (MATrix LABoratory) from MATH WORKS used primarily by Electrical and Computer Engineering, and MathCad (from MATH SOFT) used more by the remaining engineering departments.

Maple has **worksheet** files (.ms before Release 4, .mws after, also .mw files beginning with Release 8) which include text regions, input command regions, and output graphics, numerics and symbolic results acts as a wordprocessor for the text regions since release 4. Mathematica has **notebook** files (.m). MATLAB has command and text filled script files (.mat) but require execution to see the popup graphics (their **notebook** files which combine output with the commands use MS-Word as a viewer). MathCad is a combination wordprocessor/grapher/super calculator with reportlike files that don't seem to have a name (.mcd). MathCad has access to some symbolic calculations using a Maple engine.

**MiniTab**

MiniTab is user friendly statistical software available on the PC Networks. Math 1230/1235 use miniTab.

**EXCEL**

Windows spreadsheets available on all the local area networks. The Business Calculus sequence MAT1330-1335 use Excel. Some current assignments and examples or data files may be found here.