A MAPLE command is a statement of a calculation followed by a either semicolon or a colon. If followed by colon, the result will be stored but not displayed.
Example: 12+20 followed by ; or : in Maple gives:
colon (:) suppresses the display of the output.
Practice: Download the attached Maple file and follow along!
(To download the maple file, right click on the file, then choose "save link as..".)
The symbols +, -, * (or . ) , /, and ^ denote addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and exponentiation. When a string of operations are specified in a command, MAPLE first does exponentiations, then multiplications and divisions, then additions and subtractions. To change the order, use parentheses.