John Hagensieker wrote:
Is there any kind of software that will allow me to input my equations and create a visual display?
Math software? For me, these are the best options:
*** Texas Instruments' Derive ***
Currently at version 6, its very intuitive and has a command-line style. Can graph *simple* 2D and 3D equations on the fly but more complex problems can be hard to input. Great for high schools students.
It handles a more advanced math too, like number theory, non-trivial integration, matrix algebra, graph theory.
Can be expanded with "modules" (you can add your own functions and algorithms).
Belive me, it's so easy to use that I replaced my Windows calculator by this program
*** Maplesoft's Maple ***
I think it's currently in version 10, but I don't know much about this one. The symbolic manipulation is very easy and has a symbol recognition feature. Creates amazing interactive reports and sheets.
Try a demo and see if it serves your needs.
*** Matlab ***
This one is a must have if you work with science/research/I&D in general - allows integration with popular hardware and other products. You can develop a mathematical model for any problem and simulate it. From GUI's to repetitive calculations, gathering data, statistics... everything can be programmed and simulated. But mastering this software takes a while.
*** Wolfram's Mathematica (/*bows*/) ***
This one I personnaly recommend if you have:
- the money to buy it **
- the time to master it.
You can do, basically, everything - primitives, derivative, matrices, graphic representations, create and design math presentations (called "notebooks"), *-algebras, graphs, strings, programming, number theory, combinatorics, numerical computation, diferential equations, 2d-3d graphs of anything - from random data to complex zeta functions, dynamical systems, differential geometry - you name it.
..Every day you find a new command or feature. It's just amazing.
But in the beginning it can be REALLY hard to interact with the program. So be prepared if you are choosing this one.
Here are the websites if you want to know more:
http://education.ti.com/us/product/soft … tures.html