I'm working on some matrices involving symbolic expressions and calculus as well, should I start typing these matrices in Matlab and do the calculus and all the calculations in Matlab, and then use the Latex command to transfer the results to Latex, or should I start by typing all the matrices in Latex and copy those to Mathematica (I'm thinking of wolfram online) I heard that it can take Latex command, which way do you think guys in more efficient.

  • Without knowing which calculations you need to carry out, it's hard to give specific advice. Have you tried one or the other approach you've outlined? Have you experienced any difficulties? Is mathematica giving you any trouble one way or the other?
    – Mico
    Nov 6, 2016 at 8:29
  • Calculus and basic matrix algebra. I want to know which one powerful, thus I'll consider. I used to work on Matlab, and didn't try mathematica anyway.
    – AlFagera
    Nov 6, 2016 at 9:12

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I am not a real expert in this area but I give it a try.

I don't think that it is important wheter you use Matlab or Mathematica - they are both professional tools.

When you say Matlab I think that you mean the Matlab toolbox MuPad which is used for symbolic math.

  • Use Matlab (MuPad) or Mathematica for the math.
  • Use an export-2-LaTeX feature of those tools in order to typeset the stuff. At least it minimizes the manual work - you might have to visually/syntactic optimize the code.

Here are screenshots of my (German) LaTeX tutorial showing examples. The slides are from 2011 anbd therefore probably not up to date!

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