You need to know something about each of the tools that are available to you. If you only know Maple, then that's all you will be able to use-even if something else would be better than Maple for your particular job.

So by learning about C you'll be increasing the number of problem-solving choices that you have-you'll be increasing the number of ``tools'' in your problem-solving ``tool box.''

And hopefully, as you learn C you'll get new understanding and new insights into the things you already know about Maple. Later on we'll be solving problems by using C in conjunction with Maple.

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