# Maple Packages

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).

## Getting Started

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`);`

## Summary

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