The prompter is >

Each command is terminated by a semi colon (`;`) or a colon
(`:`).

`;`the result is showed.
`:`the result is not showed.

Maple is case sensitive. Comments start with # and run to the end of the line.

> k!; denotes `k` factorial.
Exponentiation is written ^ or ** .
The logarithm function is called `ln`.
is exp(Pi*I).
is called `infinity`.
For numerical evaluation apply `evalf`.

The repetition operator, $, is very useful.
The dot-operator (`.`) denotes concatenation.
The composition operator is written @.

``The latest expression'' is called by `"`. The latest expression but
one is `""` etc. For a history encompassing more than the three latest
expressions returned, use the command `history`.
Here are some examples

> ln(3^2); ln(9) > evalf("); 2.197224577 > [0$4]; [0, 0, 0, 0] > {$1..5}; {1, 2, 3, 4, 5} > diff(x(t),t$6): #Sixth derivative of x(t) w.r.t. t > x.(1..4); x1, x2, x3, x4 > (sin@arcsin)(x); x

The function `convert(expr,type`) converts between different data types.

If you run Maple under UNIX, clear the screen by typing
> !clear; (Thus `!` means ``escape to host''.)

For translation of an expression into , type > latex(expr,foo);

The second argument, which is optional, is a file name.

There are similar functions for C and FORTRAN.

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