VecCalc 8.0

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.

Downloading and Installing the Files

Before using the VecCalc package, you must first download and install three files. These files are exactly the same for all operating systems. (Note: Maple 7 is not available on a Mac.) Right click on each of the following files and save the link in the folder explained below.
package index maple.ind 40 KB
package library maple.lib 43 KB
package help maple.hdb 546 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\VecCalc
Unix/Linux: /usr/local/Maple7/VecCalc
Note: You must create the VecCalc 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 VecCalc 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 VecCalc 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/VecCalc";
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 package commands:
> with(VecCalc);

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

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

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