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Comments on Ask MetaFilter post Best cargo cult symbolic equation editor?Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:08:30 -0800Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:11:00 -0800en-ushttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss60Question: Best cargo cult symbolic equation editor?
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You're an armchair scientist and you like reading scientific papers. A lot of the fun ones include a lot of equations. You'd like to be able to recreate those equations in a virtual blackboard. You'd select terms and be able to replace them with a library of previous equations you've made. The blackboard would enforce whatever symbolic manipulation rules are required to maintain consistency (because you sure won't be able to). If you replace a term with a number or a data input, it does the calculations necessary to display properly. What is it? <br /><br /> The best tool for this will be able to do literally everything visually with the symbols, i.e., no text-based programming language required to use the features described here.post:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.270171Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:08:30 -0800bigbigdogmathmathematicamaplematlabsymbolicalgebraraspberrypiBy: stinkfoot
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Mathematica, perhaps?<br>
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(sorry, on preview I see that was one of your tags...)comment:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.270171-3922659Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:11:00 -0800stinkfootBy: Omission
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If you want to create an interactive blackboard-like environment in which calculations are updated as you make changes, you might want to look at <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathcad">Mathcad</a>.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.270171-3922664Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:22:23 -0800OmissionBy: jenkinsEar
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Sage is kind of an interesting thing to try out, but it is a bit code-intensive:<br>
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<a href="https://cloud.sagemath.com">https://cloud.sagemath.com</a><br>
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(free, web based version)comment:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.270171-3922665Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:24:48 -0800jenkinsEarBy: BrashTech
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I agree that MathCad would meet your needs with the type of interface you're looking for. (And thanks, <strong>Omission</strong>, I had no idea that it still existed!)comment:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.270171-3922671Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:35:13 -0800BrashTechBy: bigbigdog
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(If one of my tags mentions the right answer, please don't let that stop you from providing that answer. I just included things I'd heard of.)comment:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.270171-3922672Sat, 18 Oct 2014 07:37:47 -0800bigbigdogBy: Kadin2048
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Wolfram Alpha, maybe? I used to use it for unit analysis for physics problems fairly often, and it worked pretty well. That was years ago and I assume it has only improved.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.270171-3922719Sat, 18 Oct 2014 09:37:45 -0800Kadin2048By: odinsdream
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I think Mathematica fits, and you can get a free copy by purchasing a Raspberry Pi, which is super neat since it's otherwise quite expensive.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.270171-3922856Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:58:33 -0800odinsdreamBy: bigbigdog
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Thank you all for your help! <br>
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I was afraid the answer was going to be Mathematica because $1,800 for a starter edition put me off. But now I've got <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B008XVAVAW/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">one of these</a> on the way. (And the price point and form factor has put me in the mind of building a sort of <i>Diamond Age</i> math notebook tablet thing.)comment:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.270171-3922986Sat, 18 Oct 2014 23:38:01 -0800bigbigdogBy: incolorinred
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Mathcad is the way to go I think. The symbolics are slightly more powerful on there than Mathematica. I have heard Mathcad 15 is better than the newer Mathcad Prime 3. I can't verify this because I haven't tried Prime yet, but I am sure the symbolic solver in both will more than suit your needs. Also, if there is anyway you can get a Student licensed version of it, it will be very cheap, about $100 lifetime.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2014:site.270171-3923075Sun, 19 Oct 2014 07:25:17 -0800incolorinred