A Maple *package* is a kind of external library containing
routines that are not loaded as part of the default environment. Each
package is usually specialized to a particular kind of computational
feature (eg: plotting) or area of mathematical application (eg: linear
algebra).

Starting from the Maple prompt (`>`

), commands like:

`> with(`

*packagename*`);`

will prepare you to use all the routines contained in a particular package. Online help information summarizing the features of a package is available with commands like:

`> ?`

*packagename*

For each of the routines in a given package, detailed online help is available with commands like:

`> ?`

*packagename*`,`

*routinename*

It is generally possible to use individual routines in a package
without `with`

-ing it first. This can be very handy if
you are using two different packages that both have routines with
the same name. The call format for routines used in this way is:

`> `

*packagename*`[`

*routinename*`](`

*arguments*`);`

Not including the contents of the Maple Share library, the packages currently supplied with Maple are:

`numapprox`

: numerical approximation`combinat`

: combinatorial functions`DEtools`

: differential equation tools`difforms`

: differential forms`Gauss`

: create domains of computation`GaussInt`

: Gaussian integers`geom3d`

: three-dimensional Euclidean geometry`geometry`

: two-dimensional Euclidean geometry`grobner`

: Grobner bases`group`

: permutation and finitely-presented groups`liesymm`

: Lie symmetries`linalg`

: linear algebra`logic`

: Boolean logic`networks`

: graph networks`np`

: Newman-Penrose formalism`numtheory`

: number theory`orthopoly`

: orthogonal polynomials`padic`

: p-adic numbers`plots`

: graphics package-
`powseries`

: formal power series `projgeom`

: projective geometry`simplex`

: linear optimization`stats`

: statistics`student`

: student calculus`totorder`

: total orders on names

Originally written by Reid M. Pinchback

Copyright 1994, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Last modified: 94/11/23