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I'm optimizing a procedure so that it can work as fast as possibly can. 

How do I find out how long it takes for maple to make a calculation?

I did evalf(3^1000000,1000) or something like that on a laptop.  It was taking a long while so I pressed the interupt (stop hand) button.  Nothing happened, it didn't stop.  It did finish what it was doing but it didn't immediately stop.

Unless it was trying to update the screen with all the numbers I think maple should have just stopped whatever it was doing and give me back control.  

Sorry if I posted in the wrong spot.

I have an old laptop I'm giving to my daughter to play around on and I'm installing Maple V version 3 on it.  Yes, laugh it's a 486 DX4 toshiba laptop, but I got it for free and I don't mind if the kids play around with it. 

I had Maple V version 3 so I installed it on the laptop.  I don't think any of the newer versions above ver.5 would work with a 486, maybe version 6 but I have 5 so I'm using that.

Just following through the 'Why is the minimum payment on a credit card so low' application and I get to plot and it doesn't work.  Why doesn't it work?  If I run through these lines as shown in the application I end up at plot as unable to evaluate. 


balance := (n, r, p, b)->b*(1+r)^n - p * sum((1+r)^i,i=1..n);

balance(12, .015, 30, 1000);

solve( {balance(n, r, p, b) = 0}, n);

N := unapply(%, r, p, b);

N(.02, 30, 1000);

plot( N(.02, p, 1000), p = 1..50);

Occassionally when I simplify maple puts a negative sign out front.  How do I get maple to put it back in the equation?

Something like (3+4i)/(-3+7i)  When I simplify maple shows   -  (3+4i) / (-7i+3) 

I'm really not sure why maple would factor out a (-1).   In any case how do I reverse it?

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