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Using Computer Symbolic Algebra in Applied Engineering Mathematics to Teach Laplace Transforms

John H. Mathews
Organization: California State University Fullerton
Department: Mathematics
URL: http://mathfaculty.fullerton.edu/mathews/
Journal / Anthology

Year: 1991
Volume: 1
Issue: 1
Page range: 71-76

Computer algebra systems (CAs), such as ABACUS, MACSYMA, REDUCE, SMP, Maple, and Mathematica are designed to perfrom calculus manipulations. For several years, eductors have been using CAS in calculus, applied mathematics, and engineering (see references [1]-[5]). It is time to incorporate CAS techniques more widely into our applied and engineering mathematics courses so that students will be exposed to this new technology. The purpose of this article is to illustrate how to use a computer algebra system in applied engineering mathematics to enhance the theoretical presentation of Laplace transforms. The computer algebra software package Mathematica is illustrated in this article. Short sample programs are included which illustrate how mathematical theory is translated into the computer algebra setting.

*Mathematics > Calculus and Analysis