> My name is Clarke and I've recently installed Octave 5.2 for a calculus class and I can't seem to figure out how to use it. I've watched videos, but every time I put in a command an error message follows, ex: f=x^2 or limit(f,2) for limits. I'm not sure what to do. I also tried to install the symbolic package but it's not working. I don't really know what to do, I've never used this system before.

ok, thanks for reaching out. lets see if we can help.

first, we can't see what's on your screen, so any time you ask about

inputs or an error, copy and paste right from the command window into

an email so we can see the exact message. that way we're not

guessing.

do you want/need to be working with the symbolic package in octave?

are you using Windows? the symbolic package normally relies on

Python, and needs you to have python and other packages installed, but

the package manager made a special bundle for windows where you just

have to download and install one thing in Octave.

Please see the 'Option 1' directions here:

https://github.com/cbm755/octsympy/wiki/Notes-on-Windows-installationafter you get symbolic working, let us know what other help you need.

note that the procedures for solving symbolic and not symbolic

(numeric) problems are very different, so be sure that any directions

you follow are appropriate for what you're trying to do.