The default calculators that come with the operating systems only handle the basic mathematical operations. If you want a tool that is a soft copy version of the scientific calculators then you need to download and install this tool. It is a tool that performs calculus, nonlinear algebraic equation, trigonometry among others. The interface is simple and straightforward. Your work is to input the number and of course make good use of the order of operations to get the right answers. It also comes in handy to give explanations on the calculation.
It can also act as a simple maths tutor. Moreover, it comes with an editor to redo, undo, recall and even store some of the calculations for later use. Other additional functions of this application include simplification of surds design and creation of n-dimension equations, dealing with arguments. A renowned mathematician handling higher education curriculum will also find this tool useful especially the complex part of it. When it comes to the presentation of data then this is the right too, it does the recording, analyzing and presentation of data in various types of graphs and pie charts. The automated functions of this tool make it the most ideal for all mathematical functions.
Maxima is licensed as freeware for PC or laptop with Windows 32 bit and 64 bit operating system. It is in mathematics category and is available to all software users as a free download.