VecCalc 8.0

A Vector Calculus Package
for Maple 8 and higher            

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. Right click on each of the following files and save the link in the folder explained below.
package index VecCalc.ind 40 KB
package library VecCalc.lib 43 KB
package help VecCalc.hdb 546 KB
To find the standard folder for saving the files, execute the maple command
> libname;
Most likely this folder will be
Windows: C:\Program Files\Maple 8\lib
Unix/Linux: /usr/local/maple8/lib
Macintosh OS X:
(probably one of these)
Note: Replace the 8 by your version of Maple.
You may also save the files in any folder on your hard drive or any external drive but in that case the instructions below must be appropriately modified.

Using the Package

To use the commands in the VecCalc package, you must first execute up to three commands.

The first command tells Maple where the package files are located. If you saved your files in the standard folder, ignore this step. Otherwise, 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 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