# LiveMath

Developer(s) | MathMonkeys |
---|---|

Stable release |
3.5.9
/ July 2007 |

Platform | Cross-platform |

Type | Computer algebra system |

License | Proprietary |

Website |
www |

**LiveMath** is a computer algebra system available on a number of platforms including Mac OS, Mac OS X (Carbon), Microsoft Windows, Linux (x86) and Solaris (SPARC). It is the latest release of a system that originally emerged as **Theorist** for the "classic" Mac in 1989, became **MathView** and **MathPlus** in 1997 after it was sold to Waterloo Maple,^{[1]} and finally LiveMath after it was purchased by members of its own userbase in 1999.^{[2]} The application is currently owned by **MathMonkeys** of Cambridge, MA. The overall LiveMath suite contains **LiveMath Maker**, the main application, as well as **LiveMath Viewer** for end-users, and **LiveMath Plug-In**, an ActiveX plugin for browsers.^{[3]}

## Description

LiveMath uses a worksheet-based approach, similar to products like Mathematica or MathCAD. The user enters equations into the worksheet and then uses the built-in functions to help solve them, or reduce them numerically. Workbooks typically contain a number of equations separated into sections, along with data tables, graphs, and similar outputs. Unlike most CAS applications, LiveMath uses a full GUI with high-quality graphical representations of the equations at every step, including input.

LiveMath also allows the user to interact with the equation in the sheet; for instance, one can drag an instance of to the left hand side of the equation, at which point LiveMath will re-arrange the equation to solve for . LiveMath's algebraic solving systems are relatively simple compared to better known systems like Mathematica, and does not offer the same sort of automated single-step solving of these packages.