vec_calc 7

A Vector Calculus Package for Maple 7

By Arthur Belmonte and Philip B. Yasskin

© 1995-2003 by Arthur Belmonte and Philip B. Yasskin,
Department of Mathematics, Texas A&M University, with All Rights reserved.

This version of the package is no longer being maintained.

This version of the package works in the classic version of Maple 8 and higher. (Note: Maple 7 is not available on a Mac.)
It only works in the standard version of Maple 8 and higher when entered in Maple Input mode, not in 2-D Math mode, due to the presence of underscores in the variable names.

Downloading and Installing the Files

Before using the vec_calc package, you must first download and install four files. These files are exactly the same for all operating systems. Right click on each of the following files and save the target in the directories listed below.
package index maple.ind 40 KB
package library maple.lib 27 KB
package help maple.hdb 313 KB
package report maple.rep 1 KB
You may also save the files in any folder on your hard drive or any external drive. Here are the recommended locations on the hard disk:
Windows: C:\Program Files\Maple 7\vec_calc
Unix/Linux: /usr/local/Maple7/vec_calc
Note: You must create the vec_calc folder. If you put the files in a different folder, then the instructions below must be appropriately modified.

Using the Package

To use the commands in the vec_calc package, you must first execute three commands.

The first command tells Maple where the package files are located. After starting Maple, execute the command
> libname := libname, "yourfolderpath";
where yourfolderpath is the full path to the folder where you saved the vec_calc files using / between subfolders. For example, on Windows, if you saved them in the recommended folder, then the command will be
> libname := libname, "C:/Program Files/Maple 7/vec_calc";
Alternatively, if you saved them on a USB drive (with drive letter E), in a folder E:\mypath\myfolder then the command will be
> libname := libname, "E:/mypath/myfolder";
Note The path is enclosed in double quotes (").

The second command reads in the vec_calc package along with three other required packages:
> with(plots): with(student): with(linalg): with(vec_calc);

Finally, the third (optional) command defines many abbreviations for the vec_calc commands:
> vc_aliases;

To get help on any command, execute
> ?vec_calc
and follow the hyperlinks.

Please send comments, questions, or suggestions regarding the vec_calc package to Philip B. Yasskin at
Last updated June 28, 2012