To install SymPy in Python, simply run the following command in your shell:
pip install sympy
This works for all major operating systems (MacOS, Windows, Linux). A preliminary is to have the pip package manager installed.
To check whether it has installed correctly, simply run the following command in your Python shell:
>>> help(sympy) Help on package sympy: NAME sympy DESCRIPTION SymPy is a Python library for symbolic mathematics. It aims to become a full-featured computer algebra system (CAS) while keeping the code as simple as possible in order to be comprehensible and easily extensible. SymPy is written entirely in Python. It depends on mpmath, and other external libraries may be optionally for things like plotting support. See the webpage for more information and documentation: https://sympy.org PACKAGE CONTENTS abc algebras (package) assumptions (package)
The output validates that the sympy package has installed correctly.
What’s SymPy Anyway?
SymPy is a Python library for symbolic computation. So instead of approximating the result of the square root of 2, it keeps the square root intact—using a symbolic representation. This helps in further processing and can lead to situations where Python has introduced a floating point precision error without need. Here’s a basic example:
import sympy print(sqrt(3)) # sqrt(3)
The result is NOT an approximated square root of 3 like in the math package:
import math print(math.sqrt(3)) # 1.7320508075688772