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Download Xcas for :
Windows,
Mac OS X,
Linux debian/ubuntu,
Linux rpm,
archlinux,
Linux binaries,
Free BSD,
,
Windows CE,
Linux ARM,
iPhone (thirdparty, non free)
Developers:
Giac Source code (C++),
giacpy (Python),
Javascript,
Javscript compressed,
Smartcas,
JNI (native java interface),
Chrome native client (enter chrome://flags and allow NaCl),
About Xcas :
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Giac/Xcas
is a free computer algebra system for Windows, Mac OS X and
Linux/Unix (license GPL3, for commercial duallicense contact us).

Xcas is an interface to perform computer algebra, function graphs,
interactive geometry (2d and 3d),
spreadsheet and statistics, programmation. It may be used as
a replacement for high end graphic calculators for example on
netbooks (for about the same price as a calculator but with much
more performances).
Xcas is based on the FLTK graphic toolkit,
there is an alternate less mature interface based on QT
named qcas.

Giac is a C++ library,
it is the CAS computing kernel, it may be used
inside other C++ programs, and also Python, Java and Javascript
programs.
Examples of software using Giac as CAS kernel: Geogebra
(Java and javascript interface), HP Prime Calculator
(C++), Pocket CAS (C++), CAS Calc P11 (C++).
 Giac/Xcas has a compatibility mode for people used to the
Maple or Mupad CAS as well as for users of TI calculators
(TI89, Voyage 200, TI Nspire CAS).
 Short history: The Giac/Xcas project began in year 2000,
following the development of the CAS for HP calculators. It has
now around 150,000 lines of C++ code
(most written by B. Parisse), and around 300 pages
of English documentation (most written by R. De Graeve). It has
interfaces with php, latex, texmacs, java, javascript, python
playing the role of computation kernel.
It also interfaces with the following C/C++ libraries
PARI, CoCoA, NTL, GSL, GMP, MPFR.
It has fast implementation of algorithms
for polynomial operations: multiplication, division,
gcd of multivariate polynomials, Groebner basis computation.
Giac/Xcas was awarded the 3rd price at the
Trophées du Libre 2007
in the scientific software category
(presentation).
In 2013, Giac was choosen for the CAS view of the
wellknown Geogebra software and it was also choosen
by HP as CAS for their HP Prime calculator.
Click here to download Xcas.
Click
here
to test Xcas online (French).

CAS:
arbitrary precision integer and floats, integer
and polynomial arithmetic (gcd, extended gcd, factorisation, ...),
simplification, equation solver, partial fraction decomposition,
calculus (derivation, integration, limit, series expansion), linear
algebra (vectors, matrices, row reduction to echelon form, eigenvalues
and eigenvectors)...


2d geometry:
point, segment, line, triangle, polygons,
circles, conics, parametric curves, intersection, tangents...
Dynamic geometry. All geometric instructions are programmable


3d geometry and graphs:
point, segment, line, plan, triangle, polygons,
circles, conics, parametric curves, surfaces, intersection, tangents...
Dynamic geometry. All geometric instructions are programmable


Spreadsheet :
relative and absolute references, cells can contain
formal objects (e.g 1/2, sin(x), ...), 1d and 2d statistics
(mean, stddev, hgistogram, covariance, regressions, ...)


Programmation :
functions, local variables, tests, loops. Choice of syntax (Clike, Maple,
Mupad, TI89). It is sometimes possible to run a Maple, MuPAD or TI89
without user intervention inside Xcas. Program editor. Interactive
debugger.


Mixing different level types

Giac
Linux, Mac and Windows archives contains th giac program, that
may be used standalone or inside
texmacs
(use Session>Insert session>giac, may be tested without install
with
livetexmacs), or inside
emacs mupad mode
(see mupacs install instruction and use giac emacs as
program command name instead of mupad E/R ...).
You can also use giac
from inside a LaTeX document,

pgiac
is a perl script that translate a .w file
into a .tex file by running somme commands (lines
beginning with a .g or sections beginning with .g:
and ending with .end) with
giac. The resulting .tex file will contain the
answers of the computations and may be compiled using your prefered
LaTeX distribution. By J.M. Sarlat, in French.
 tablor.sty
is a LaTeX style file that automates
the process of describing the variations of a function inside a
LaTeX document. By Guillaume Connan, in French. Also available
inside texmacs via the
professor and
tablor
plugin by E. Corcelle.

See also some examples of LaTeX and giac interaction by
Yves Delhaye
,
Guillaume
Connan
or
Alexandre Boisseau.
About Xcas
Articles where Xcas is cited
(Work in progress)
 How to turn a scripting language into a domain specific language for computer algebra, by
R Jolly, H Kredel  arXiv preprint arXiv:0811.1061, 2008  arxiv.org

Natural Editing of Algebraic Expressions, by
JeanFrançois Nicaud 1, Denis Bouhineau 1,
Les Cahiers Leibniz 169 (2008) 24 pages,
HAL : hal00591553, version 1

Wu's Elimination Method in Graphing Calculator, by
J Nie, T Chen, H Fu 
Education Technology and Computer Science, 2009. ETCS '09. First International Workshop on, 2009  ieeexplore.ieee.org

Polynomial parametrizations of length 4 Büchi sequences, by
X Vidaux Acta Arith. 150 (2011), no. 3, 209–226.
(also available as arXiv preprint arXiv:1008.2994, 2010  arxiv.org)

Generic, typesafe and object oriented computer algebra software, by
H Kredel, R Jolly  Computer Algebra in Scientific Computing, 2010  Springer

DSGE Modeling on an iPhone/iPad Using SpaceTime
AP Blake  Computational Economics, 2011  Springer

Періг О. В. Застосування вільних математичних пакетів до розв'язання задач теоретичної механіки / О. В. Періг, А. В. Кисіль, І. А. Матвєєв, Д. Ю. Міхєєнко // FOSS Lviv 2012 (Львів, 2628 квітня 2012 року): Друга міжнародна науковопрактична конференція FOSS Lviv 2012: Збірник наукових праць / під ред. Г.Г. Злобін, С.Є. Апуневич, С.В. Апуневич, Д.Є. Ванькевич. – Львів: ЛНУ ім. І. Франка. – 2012. – С. 8689. – ISBN 9789668460999.
I'd like to thank (in a nonmeaningful order):

Renée De Graeve for her interest, beta testing and documentation
writing.

JeanPierre Branchard (Giac online and exomaths),

Carlos Enriqe Carleos Artime for doing the Debian packages and several
fixes in the giac build process.
 Alkiviadis Akritas, Eugenia KelepesiAkritas, George Nasopoulos
for the Greek localization.

Jose Manrique Lopez de la Fuente for his interest, Spanish translation
of the documentation and online help, info about the FLVW library,
Giac/xcas advertising. Have a look at his SDA project
English

JeanYves Avenard for the first Mac OS X port

Dirk Eddelbuettel for including giac in his
Quantian
scientific linuxlive CD.

the GiNaC crew for their interest, particulary R. Kreckel and recently
A. Sheplyakov for doing
the hard and annoying work of autoconfiguration/automake of giac
 Mike Ady for tests and improvement suggestions especially for the
Windows version.

Joris van der Hoeven for texmacs and integration of the giac interface

IREM de Grenoble for xcas testings in highschools,
especially Michèle Gandit and her class (Grenoble),
Christianne Serret and her class (Crest), and for the Mac OS X port.

Cetril
who organizes the Trophee du libre awards, where Xcas obtained rank 3
in the Scientific software category in 2007.

Bernard Ycart for the French Xcas beginner documentation

Michael Eisermann, Dominique Spehner, Martin Deraux,
and all the students of the
Université de Grenoble I following the "mat249" course
who experimented xcas and helped fixing bugs.

Emilien Kia and Andreas Thillosen for the wxcas interface and numerous
suggestions for giac, including parallel execution and the sourceforge
project.

Guillaume Connan, Georges Dubouloz, Luc Briel (and their students),
Emannuel Gaunard, Yvan Duron for various suggestions of improvements.

Francois Boisson
(Clef Agreg)

Stéphane Lejoly for Mac testings (including a few hard crash).

Frédéric Han for the FreeBSD port, 32 bits binaries, sage
interface, various suggestions and bug reports.

JeanJoel Bataille for testings, especially the alienconverted RPM package.

Emmanuel Peyre (command open to open files on a Mac)

Pierre Rochard for the first linux PPC port.

All testers, especially (by alphabetic order)
Frederic Faure, Bruno Patin,
Juan Antonio Martinez Rojas, Nicolas Rosillo, ... sorry for those
I forgot!
NB: All Xcas screen captures of this web page are provided under
the Gnu Free Documentation Licence (GFDL).