# Does Sage show steps to solving an equation?

 1 Like how mathematica has the trace function or wolframalpha has in their features? Sometimes wolfram alpha isn't able to show steps for certain problems. I feel this feature is important to me understanding and learning a problem. Thanks. asked Apr 01 '11 Nanogear1014 21 ● 1 ● 1 ● 5 Kelvin Li 423 ● 9 ● 16 The way you solve a problem by computer and by hand is very different. Do you want something like Mathematica's Trace which only shows the (non-kernel) rules that Mma applies to an expression or do you want something like the "Show steps" in W|A that is an extra layer and a completely separate process to the way the underlying program works? Simon (Apr 02 '11)

 2 No, this is not part of Sage. In theory it would be possible to implement, or to add an open-source thing that does this, but so far there has been little request for it. posted Apr 01 '11 kcrisman 6639 ● 13 ● 66 ● 150
 1 Is there a way to put in a request for it? Is it possible for me alone to add an open-source thing that does it? What are the approaches/steps for a newbie like me to programming this feature? posted Apr 01 '11 Nanogear1014 21 ● 1 ● 1 ● 5 You can put in a request by opening a ticket on the Sage trac server http://trac.sagemath.org/sage_trac/ As a fellow newbie, I think this might be a bit challenging to do yourself, even if there was another program out there that did exactly what you want and only had to be interfaced to. Not impossible, just time-consuming. DSM (Apr 01 '11) I agree with DSM on this. There is at least one free product that claims to do just this http://www.xyalgebra.org. Though it's free as in beer, not as in speech, though, so at best one could add an interface to it to Sage, but it couldn't be distributed with Sage. kcrisman (Apr 02 '11)i could not get xyalgebra.org to work (or http://www.xyalgebra7.org/) but http://www.algebrahelp.com/calculators/ has step by step work shown for high school level problems, i am still looking for an opensource version though for showing work for derivatives or indefinite integralsbob_smith (Nov 06 '12)

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