Math Software Information

There is a lot of math-related software on our systems. We try to install all major systems that are free of charge, and the department furthermore pays for Maple, Mathematica, and Matlab. On this webpage, we list some specific quirks or other local matters that have arisen.

Matlab MCC

On Linux systems, the Matlab command-line tool mcc conflicts with the similarly-named tool that is part of Mathematica. Since the Matlab tool is more commonly used, the command mcc should invoke the Matlab tool. However, to ensure you've got the correct tool, instead use the command mcc-matlab.

Mathematica MCC

On Linux systems, the Mathematica command-line tool mcc conflicts with the similarly-named tool that is part of Matlab. Since the Matlab tool is more commonly used, the command mcc does not invoke the Mathematica tool; instead, use the command mcc-mathematica.

Maple and LaTeX

To turn your Maple worksheet into a LaTeX document, use the Export As command in the File menu and choose LaTeX as the format. This will let you save the worksheet as a .tex file in your account. You must also copy the file maple2e.sty into your account. (On our Linux systems, that file is located in the directory /usr/local/apps/maple9/etc.) Both files should be in the same directory in your account. Then you can process the LaTeX file as you would any other LaTeX file.

If you have lots of Maple worksheets that you export into LaTeX files, you may want to reduce account clutter by having only one copy of the maple2e.sty file. To do this, you have to put that file in a special directory, or modify your LaTeX search path. We have a separate support page with more information.