LiveMath

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LiveMath
LiveMath logo.png
Developer(s) MathMonkeys
Stable release 3.5.9 / July 2007
Platform Cross-platform
Type Computer algebra system
License Proprietary
Website www.livemath.com
LiveMath screen snap showing the (busy) palette and a simple worksheet with a graph of

LiveMath is a computer algebra system available on a number of platforms including Mac OS, Mac OS X (Carbon), Microsoft Windows, Linux (x86) and Solaris (SPARC). It is the latest release of a system that originally emerged as Theorist for the "classic" Mac in 1989, became MathView and MathPlus in 1997 after it was sold to Waterloo Maple,[1] and finally LiveMath after it was purchased by members of its own userbase in 1999.[2] The application is currently owned by MathMonkeys of Cambridge, MA. The overall LiveMath suite contains LiveMath Maker, the main application, as well as LiveMath Viewer for end-users, and LiveMath Plug-In, an ActiveX plugin for browsers.[3]

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LiveMath uses a worksheet-based approach, similar to products like Mathematica or MathCAD. The user enters equations into the worksheet and then uses the built-in functions to help solve them, or reduce them numerically. Workbooks typically contain a number of equations separated into sections, along with data tables, graphs, and similar outputs. Unlike most CAS applications, LiveMath uses a full GUI with high-quality graphical representations of the equations at every step, including input.

LiveMath also allows the user to interact with the equation in the sheet; for instance, one can drag an instance of to the left hand side of the equation, at which point LiveMath will re-arrange the equation to solve for . LiveMath's algebraic solving systems are relatively simple compared to better known systems like Mathematica, and does not offer the same sort of automated single-step solving of these packages.

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