From the DERIVE user manual (version 3, September
1994), we can read the following: "Making mathematics more exciting and
enjoyable is the driving force behind the development of the DERIVE
program". In this talk, we will try to show how some mathematical
concepts, studied by engineering students at university level -
differential equations, multiple variable calculus, systems of non
linear equations -, can be easily illustrated by DERIVE. Some will
object that any other CAS could do the same: well, this is probably true
but, according to us, not as quickly and naturally: "To accomplish this
DERIVE not only has to be a tireless, powerful and knowledgeable
mathematical assistant, it must be an easy, natural, and convenient
tool". Consequently, time can be spent to prove some theorem or formula
and the computer algebra system helps to reinforce the mathematical
concepts. Our examples will also make use of new features added in the
latest version of DERIVE (version 6.10 released in October 2004);
features that were not exploited as should be - DERIVE has never been
enough documented. But we are still convinced that Derive 6 was "Far too
good just for students"
(http://www.scientific-computing.com/scwmarapr04derive6.html ). |