A workshop on the Sage mathematical software system will be presented at the upcoming MAA MathFest in Pittsburgh, PA (5-7 Aug 2010):

“Hands-On Explorations in Algebra and Combinatorics”

Neal Calkin, Clemson University

Dan Warner, Clemson University

Part 1: Tuesday, August 3, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Reception: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

Part 2: Wednesday, August 4, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

In recent years, a new piece of mathematical software has appeared on the scene: Sage (www.sagemath.org) is an open source package capable of doing high-powered symbolic and numerical computations. It features a web-based notebook interface, local or remote operation, and can interact with other packages, both open source and commercial (if available). In this short course we will introduce the package, giving multiple examples of how to use it for mathematical explorations, both elementary and advanced. We will focus on algebraic and combinatorial investigations.