[Maxima] Maxima for numerical methods (v. Scilab)?
Offray Vladimir Luna Cárdenas
offray.luna at javeriana.edu.co
Mon May 1 00:27:12 CDT 2006
Richard Fateman wrote:
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Nicolas Pettiaux"
> <nicolas.pettiaux at ael.be>
> To: "Alasdair McAndrew" <amca01 at gmail.com>
> Cc: "maxima list" <maxima at math.utexas.edu>
> Sent: Saturday, April 29, 2006 9:36 AM
> Subject: Re: [Maxima] Maxima for numerical methods (v. Scilab)?
>> 2006/4/29, Alasdair McAndrew <amca01 at gmail.com>:
>>> It seems I may be teaching an elementary subject in numerical
>>> next semester. The usual sorts of things: error analysis, solution of
>>> equations, interpolation, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, quadrature,
>>> differential equations. I want to base the subject around free
>>> software, so
>>> the students can use it at home.
> This doesn't seem like a very good argument -- there are student
> licenses for
> software that are less expensive than textbooks, and you seem to
> be expecting students to have relatively expensive computers at home.
> (I thought mupad had free student use licenses, too)
It depends where. In Latin America this is a very good argument.
Privative software is extremly expensive, and computers at home are not
relatively expensive in most homes. There is also a conceptual issue
here as Joris van der Hoeven (author of TeXmacs) has already said in his
writing: "Why freedom is important for scientists" in:
.:| Tecnología |:.
.:| Comunidad | Libertad |:.
\| Colombia |/
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