this page for a quick tutorial, or
this page for a complete manual, with special attention
to Chapter 10.
- Use %e for e and %pi for π.
- Maxima does not understand implicit multiplication; the * sign must always be included.
- Note that log(x) is ln(x); for log10(x), use log(x)/log(10).
- If you enter an expression with integers (e.g., 2/6 or log(100)) or
irrational constants (e.g., %e or %pi), Maxima
will reduce the expression only so far as it can express the result in integers.
Either enter all integers as decimals (e.g., 2.0/6.0 or log(100.0)),
or use float(expression) to force Maxima to display the result
as a decimal rounded to the 15th place.