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## Re: algebra in octave?

**From**: |
Jordi Gutiérrez Hermoso |

**Subject**: |
Re: algebra in octave? |

**Date**: |
Sun, 17 Feb 2008 11:00:48 -0600 |

On 17/02/2008, Huub <address@hidden> wrote:
>* I'm practising maths for univ. and wonder if I can octave for "simple"*
>* algebra like 3a³+b²?*
Well, if by "algebra" you mean Serge Lang's book, then, no, Octave
isn't the best choice for that. ;-)
More seriously, I think you mean symbolic manipulations. You want to
type something like "expand( (a+b)^2);" and be told "a^2 + 2ab + b^2".
In that case, I recommend you look at Maxima[1] or go whole hog and
look at Sage[2], which is an interface to both Maxima and Octave and
does many other things of it is own.
HTH,
- Jordi G. H.
[1] http://maxima.sf.net
[2] http://www.sagemath.org