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# Questions tagged [math-software]

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### 3D software like GeoGebra

Does it exist a free interactive geometry software, like GeoGebra, which works for 3D geometry? I would be able to draw spheres, great circles, and so on.

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### Recommended (free) software to plot points in 3d

I am looking for (preferably free) software to:
1) plot 3d points read from a file. A scatter plot would be fine.
2) Optionally color the points by a property - also read from the file
It would be terrific if this program could also compute and…

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### How do proof verifiers work?

I'm currently trying to understand the concepts and theory behind some of the common proof verifiers out there, but am not quite sure on the exact nature and construction of the sort of systems/proof calculi they use. Are they essentially based on…

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### Free online mathematical software

What are the best free user-friendly alternatives to Mathematica and Maple available online?
I used Magma online calculator a few times for computational algebra issues, and was very much satisfied, even though the calculation time there was…

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### Publication Quality Mathematics Diagrams

I am curious what sort of applications people use to make very nice diagrams that often appear in papers and books. I attached an example of the sort of diagram that I am interested in making, particularly the curved coordinate systems (I am typing…

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### Why does Wolfram Alpha say the roots of a cubic involve square roots of negative numbers, when all three roots are real?

Can someone please explain Wolfram Alpha's response to the equation $x^3-3x-1=0$? The roots are real and graphic Wolfram itself shows them (they are approximately equal to $-1.5321, -0.3473$ and $1.8794$). However the roots explicitly given by…

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### What software and/or language to use to take Math lecture notes?

I have a terrible hand-writing and I'm very good at typing, so I had an idea about taking my math lecture notes using a computer.
I've tried using a simple syntax (using purely ASCII) but it's getting harder and harder, so I need something a bit…

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### Best Math books or apps for adults to learn math from the beginning

I lost a possible job because I didn't know how to multiply and subtract negative valued integers. I also don't know how fraction manipulation works. What reference books can I read that can help for me to learn all the basics of math then moving…

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### Up-to-date advice on the best way to take notes (maths)

I have read some old discussions about this topic and would like to get some up-to-date advice if possible. I'm going to start university next year (maths), and I know how important is to have a set of well-organized, well-taken notes, since you…

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### Best program for creating educational math animations?

I'm looking for recommendations on what program to use for creating mathematical animations. These animations will be used in creating educational videos for high school math -- Trigonometry first, but others will come later. I am particularly…

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### symbolic computation program/software

What is your recommended symbolic computation program/software for free and commercial respectively?
What are its strength and weakness? For example, efficiency, comprehensiveness, etc
Thanks!

Tim

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### Is there a real number lookup algorithm or service?

Is there a way of taking a number known to limited precision (e.g. $1.644934$) and finding out an "interesting" real number (e.g. $\displaystyle\frac{\pi^2}{6}$) that's close to it?
I'm thinking of something like Sloane's Online Encyclopedia of…

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### Calculator similar to Desmos but for $3$D

Is there a calculator with functionality similar to Desmos but in $3$ dimensions? I am looking to learn about families of quadric surfaces so I am looking for a $3$D calculator with sliders.

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### Software to render formulas to ASCII art

I guess all computer algebra systems have command line interfaces which render formula as 2D monospace "ascii art". But the only standalone tool to render TeX to 2D I know is tex2mail (comes with PARI/GP).
Are there other standalone programs or…

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### A program to draw simple geometry (points, lines, dotted lines etc.)

I am looking for a program to create images of very simple situations, e.g. this. I have already tried Geogebra but I am not quite satisfied with the result. I want my images to look as if they were taken from some (geometry) book; this is what I…

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