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Re: Showing intermediate steps in calculations

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  • Subject: [mg29043] Re: Showing intermediate steps in calculations
  • From: "Orestis Vantzos" <atelesforos at hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 26 May 2001 21:53:33 -0400 (EDT)
  • Organization: National Technical University of Athens, Greece
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It is important to understand that the intermediate steps of the solution
are probably not very meaningfull to the average human(or mathematician).
Symbolic Algebra packages, Mathematica included, do not solve most problems
the same way a human does. So seeing the internal steps, would not help your
father very much.
Orestis Vantzos

"Maarten D. de Jong" <pleez.dont at rely.on.this.address> wrote in message
news:9eksfn$7q6 at smc.vnet.net...
> I am writing this message on behalf of my father, who is having the
following
> problem. He's working through various high-school and undergraduate books
> on algebra and calculus (out of fun and interest) and he meticulously
> writes down the answers to each problem he solves. He would like to do
this
> on his computer, but after a bit of discussion, I discovered that any of
> the main symbolic math packages available do not solve his problem
entirely.
> As far as I know, these programs take in the problem, and write out the
> answer, without showing intermediate steps and simplifications---and it is
> precisely this that my father wants to know about. Are there packages
which
> show these steps? Or is it just a matter of turning on an option in the
> mainstream programs?
>
> Thanks for any help you can offer,
> Maarten
>




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