A computer algebra system, or CAS, is a mathematics engine
that performs the symbolic computations fundamental to algebra, trigonometry,
and calculus. Recent versions of Scientific WorkPlace^{®} and
Scientific Notebook^{®} (after Version 4.1 Build 2347) include the kernel to
the computer algebra system MuPAD^{®}.

With MuPAD 5^{®}, you can evaluate, factor, combine,
expand, and simplify terms and expressions that contain integers, fractions,
and real and complex numbers, as required in simple arithmetic
and algebra. You can also evaluate integrals
and derivatives, perform matrix and vector operations, find standard deviations,
and perform many other more complex computations involved in
calculus, linear algebra, differential
equations, and statistics. Additionally, you can
create 2D and 3D plots of polynomials, trigonometric
functions, and exponentials, and you can create and explore animated 2D and 3D plots.

We have created an interface to the MuPAD kernel to make it easy to use with Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific Notebook. In addition, the system accepts input and creates output using natural mathematical notation, the basis for our scientific word processors. Performing computations in Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific Notebook is easy.

**Computational Functions. **Scientific
WorkPlace and Scientific Notebook provide
a wide range of the graphic, numeric, and symbolic computational functions
available with MuPAD. The programs provide ample functionality for
both simple and sophisticated mathematical computations involving
calculus, ODE, matrix manipulations, statistics,
linear algebra, and 2D and 3D plots. Also,
you can access additional functions available to MuPAD—even if they
don't appear as items on the Compute menu—with the Define MuPAD Name menu item.

**Animated Plots. **With MuPAD, you can create
a variety of animated plots: animated 2D plots in polar coordinates, animated 2D and 3D plots in rectangular coordinates, animated
2D and 3D implicit plots, and animated 3D tube plots in cylindrical and spherical coordinates and vector
fields. You can rotate, move, zoom in and out, and fly through 3D plots.

**User-defined Functions.**
With MuPAD, you can create user-defined functions (.mu files) with an ASCII
editor, even if you don't have access to a full MuPAD installation. The files
are easy to manipulate and are powerful tools for users interested in programming.
Working in a Scientific WorkPlace or Scientific
Notebook document, you call the function with the Define MuPAD Name
command.

**Available Functions. **While
Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific
Notebook provide many functions available with MuPAD, not
all capabilities are included. Programming packages, certain plot types and
options), and manipulation of the position of highlights
and shadows in 3D plots aren't available. Scientific
Notebook doesn't have 3D implicit plotting with either CAS. Additionally, some
limitations exist regarding the placement of text on plots and the use of
different types of plots on the same graph. Iteration and condition commands
(such as if, elif, else, fi, for, while, do, and od) aren't available.

To learn more about MuPAD, visit the MathWorks website.

You can use MuPAD to solve the following kinds of problems in Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific Notebook. Roll the mouse over the mathematics to see the solution to each problem.

Evaluate

Factor

Evaluate

Evaluate

Evaluate Numerically

Simplify

Factor

Expand

Factor

Solve

Evaluate

Evaluate

Evaluate

Evaluate

Evaluate the Determinant of

Determine the Mean of

Determine the Standard Deviation of

You can create plots like these with Scientific WorkPlace and Scientific Notebook:

Plot 2D + Rectangular:

Plot 2D + Rectangular

Enter, select, and drag to a 2D Rectangular plot each of the following:

You can create a grid using point plots. Enter, select with the mouse, and drag each of the following to the frame:

• Animated 2D Rectangular Plot

Plot 2D Animated + Rectangular:

Enter, select, and drag to the frame each of the following:

,

• 3D Rectangular Plots

Plot 3D + Rectangular:

• 3D Implicit Plots

Plot 3D + Implicit:

• Animated 3D Rectangular Plot

Plot 3D Animated + Rectangular