An internationally recognized professor was searching for mathematics software to promote his pioneering work in advancing the use of information technology in education.
The professor chose Maple as his preferred software. He uses Maple in his classes at the Moscow Power Engineering Institute because it has key features, such as comprehensive symbolic notation and interactive assistants, which were lacking in other mathematics software.
The professor has found Maple to be a superior tool, not only for use in his classes, but to develop applications for his research and promote his advocacy for greater use of information technology in education.
The Moscow Power Engineering Institute is one of the world’s leading technical universities in power engineering, electronics and information technology (IT). Professor Valery Ochkov, who has been teaching in the Institute’s Water and Fuel Technology Department for 27 years, is also a published author in the fields of thermal engineering, heat transfer and power engineering. He is well-known throughout Russia and internationally as a pioneer in advancing new methods of using technology in the classroom. Maple, the advanced computation tool from Maplesoft, is his preferred software for promoting the use of information technology in education.
Having written several applications for Maple which are featured on the Maplesoft website, Professor Ochkov was very familiar with the software. To promote the expansion of using information technology in education, Professor Ochkov highlights Maple’s Clickable Math features and interactive assistants. Maple allows mathematics and engineering students the ability to analyze, explore, visualize and solve mathematical problems. “With Maple, students are able to see math in a whole new way, without relying on traditional textbooks alone,” said Professor Ochkov. “This concept is the very essence of expanding the use of information technology in education, not only at the university level, but at the high school level as well.”
Professor Ochkov also uses Maple in his work at the Moscow Power Engineering Institute, where he evenly divides his time between teaching and research. Professor Ochkov recently began employing Maple in his course, IT in Power Plant Designs. Although he had used other calculation tools in his classroom previously, Professor Ochkov found Maple superior in many ways. Other tools contain limited symbolic mathematics. However, the comprehensive symbolic notations found in Maple mimic the notations found in textbooks. Professor Ochkov also relies on Maple’s interactive assistants for use with many mathematical problems that engineering students regularly encounter in their classes. Interactive assistants allow students to explore different aspects of questions and solutions, control algorithm and display options and create mini-applications to explore particular problems. Professor Ochkov cited two examples of Maple’s interactive assistants that set Maple apart from other mathematics tools: Maple’s three-dimensional plotting of implicitly defined surfaces and Maple’s analysis of large classes of ordinary differential equation problems, including boundary value problems and initial value problems.
Since employing Maple in his classroom, Professor Ochkov has noticed a difference in his students’ performance. “Maple enables me to convey engineering concepts in an easy-to-learn way. Maple’s symbolic notation is second to none and the students really enjoy using Maple in the classroom,” noted Professor Ochkov. “The students seem more engaged in the class and are better able to visualize basic engineering principles, leading to a deeper understanding of the concepts, which will help them as they continue into more advanced engineering classes.”
Maximal Thermal Efficiency of Steam Turbine Cycle with two Pre-heaters is one of Professor Ochkov’s Thermodynamics applications featured on the Maplesoft website. The application can be found at: www.maplesoft.com/Thermal-Efficiency-Steam-Turbine-Cycle-Ochkov
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