Math Software on ACC Campuses

The math department has the following software available:

Software
Available where?
Informational Links
DPGraph - A 3-dimensional graphing program. Especially useful in Calculus III and Calculus IV classes.
  • Classrooms:
    • CYP 1018
    • EVC 2212/2210
    • NRG PB1
    • PIN 606
    • RGC 229
    • RVS 9103
Download DPGRaph (ACC students, faculty, and staff only) - go to the link for Austin Community College
Mathematica - Mathematica is what is known as a "symbolic algebra" (or symbolic math) program. This means that it can work with math symbolically, not just solve for a numerical answer. It can find exact solutions to equations (even solve for one variable in terms of other variables), solve systems of equations, find the derivative or integral of a function in symbolic form (calculus), and solve differential equations symbolically (differential equations). It can also be used to plot many different types of graphs (2 dimensional, 3 dimensional, parametric, polar coordinates, spherical coordinates, cylindrical coordinates, vector fields)

This is a very powerful program that is used by many professionals in the "real world" (wherever that might be). Because it does so much, however, it does take a little more effort to learn to use it. While it is mostly used in some of ACC's Calculus II, Calculus III, Calculus IV, and Differential Equations courses, it could also be used by students in other courses as well.

  • Classrooms:
    • CYP 1018
    • NRG 2244
    • PIN 606
    • RGC 336
    • RVS 8131
  • Some Learning Labs

Mathematica Resource Pages

Mathtype - A plug-in for Microsoft Word that handles typing and creating web pages with equations better than Word does by itself.
  • Classrooms
    • CYP 1018
    • NRG 2244
    • PIN 606
    • RGC 336
    • RVS 8131
Mathtype website
Minitab - Minitab is a statistics program that is used in many of the Statistics courses (MATH 1342) here at ACC.
  • Classrooms:
    • CYP 1018
    • NRG 2244
    • PIN 606
    • RGC 336
    • RVS 8131
  • Some Learning Labs
  • Some of the Learning Resource Centers (Library)
MINITAB software in MATH 1342
ODE Architect - ODE Architect is used in some of the Differential Equations courses at ACC. It will plot slope fields, phase portraits, and approximate solution curves using either Runge-Kutta or Euler methods. It can also be used to find approximate numerical solutions as well. It has a very nice graphical interface and is reasonably easy to use.
  • Classrooms:
    • NRG 2244
    • RGC 336
    • RVS 8131
  • Some Learning Labs
 
Winplot - A graphing program that can plot most types of graphs (2 dimensional and 3 dimensional). It isn't the prettiest or easiest to use program available, but it is free and does a lot of things. (It isn't very hard to learn. It just has a few quirks and the menus are laid out in a quirky manner. If you experiment around with it a little, you can do a lot of things.) There are detailed instructions available in this guide. This program is useful in most ACC math courses from College Algebra, Trig, Precalculus, Calculus (any version), through Differential Equations.
Available for download (see Peanut Software Site)
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