I'd take mathematica over 'em both to be honest, but that's because I've used it more.

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- 11-13-2007twomers
I'd take mathematica over 'em both to be honest, but that's because I've used it more.

- 11-13-2007Perspective
oh cool, I didn't even realize matlab could do symbolic calculations.

>Maple is a subset of Matlab.

Are you sure about that? Your example is pretty simple, maple can do all kinds of fancy symbolic computations; calculus, factoring, expression simplification, finding closed forms, etc...

I guess I need to play with Matlab more, I used it for a course once but have always turned to Maple for my math needs. - 11-14-2007Sang-drax
I'm sure. I know my example was quite simple, but I am not a symbolic toolbox wizard.

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The Symbolic Math Toolbox incorporates the computation kernel of Maple 10, an efficient and accurate system for symbolic computation from Waterloo Maple Software. The toolbox provides functions for:

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**You can directly pass a Maple statement or function to the Maple 10 kernel.**The kernel performs the computation and returns the resulting symbolic expression to MATLAB, where you can operate directly on the symbolic object.

- 11-14-2007Perspective