Software packages used by members of the Physics and Astronomy Department include but are not limited to the following.

Mathematical Applications
Rutgers has university-wide site licenses for both Mathematica and Maple. To download either, go to the RU software portal at, login via NetID and click on 'Mathematical Applications'.

Also available is the 'sage' open-source mathematics software suite, downloadable for Windows/Linux/MacOS at

LaTeX is the de facto standard for the communication and publication of scientific documents. LaTeX is available as free software from www.latex-project.prg. Other TeX/LaTeX web pages of note:

Also please note Prof. Joel Shapiro's very helpful TeX/LaTeX local additions.

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