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Newsletter for February 2009

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MapleSim Used in Renewable Energy Engineering Field

David Parker, an engineer with many years of experience working in the electronics engineering and related fields, has always been interested in the topic of renewable energy, particularly solar energy. He began his career in the US Navy where he first learned basic electronics, and has since worked in numerous high-tech positions. He found himself drawn to issues concerning the environment, specifically with respect to alternative energies, and so he decided to study within this particular engineering field.

He is one of a growing number of professionals choosing to complete a B.S. in Renewable Energy Engineering, the first program of its kind in the United States, which was developed in response to the growing need for more sustainable energy sources in the face of today’s environmental concerns. For a second-year course on Laplace Transforms and Applications, Parker wrote a paper on the analysis in the s-domain of a series RLC circuit. Parker found the use of MapleSim and Maple to confirm results invaluable. He was able to recreate physical systems on the screen in a few minutes with components representing the actual resistors and capacitors, easily run the simulations to verify the system response, and, because MapleSim allowed him access to the equations underlying his system, he could verify his mathematical work and gain a deeper understanding. Click here to read the full story.

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MapleSim chosen as Editor’s Pick-of-the-Week

MapleSim was chosen as the “Editor’s pick-of-the-week” by Anthony Lockwood, Editor of Desktop Engineering Magazine. “Maplesoft has earned its stripes over the years by developing Maple, the symbolics mathematics engine that is as much of a standard as you're going to get. The same might just be said about the MapleSim multidomain modeling and simulation tool one of these days.”

To read the full review, click here.

Maplesoft is now on YouTube!

Review training movies, recorded webinars and recordings of the Maplesoft e-symposium series. The short training movies are an easy way to find out how to do common mathematical tasks using Maple and the recorded webinars provided in-depth knowledge of Maplesoft tools. The e-symposium series offers an opportunity for you to listen to industry leading professionals from some of the most prominent organizations in the world. Get valuable information about important new developments in the field of engineering and mathematics.

Also check us out on Facebook! Maplesoft has created a facebook page which provides a forum for Maple fans to gather, share ideas and talk about their Maple experiences. The Facebook page will be updated regularly with Maplesoft blogs, videos, photos and applications. The page also provides direct access to MaplePrimes, a web community dedicated to sharing experiences, techniques, and opinions about Maple and related products, as well as general interest topics in math and computing.

Visit Maplesoft’s Facebook page and become a fan today! For more information about the program, click here.

 

Maplesoft Blog Posts
Find out what's happening at the heart of Maplesoft, and provide your comments and feedback to the Maplesoft experts.

Friday Specials
Every Friday, five minutes before the end of class, Professor Jack Weiner stops the class and announces, "Pens down, books closed, it’s 'Friday Special' time!" Read More>>

String Me Along
According to the urban legend described, text is still readable if all the letters in a word apart from the first and last are randomized. Read More>>

Postcard from the road: Humanoids in Montreal
Legendary robots like the various space arms on the International Space Center and the shuttle are based on models built by Maple. Another impressive and futuristic application has been of humanoid robotics – i.e. robots that look and move like people. Read More>>

Driving Green Design
A dramatic change in how we interact with the environment demands an equally dramatic change in how we develop technology. Read More>>
Physical Modeling – Killer Application No. 2 for Symbolics
Now, finally, a second killer application for symbolic computing is emerging. Read More>>

To see all Maplesoft blog posts, click here.


Product Tips & Techniques

Classroom Tips and Techniques: Electric Field from Distributed Charge
Author: Dr. Robert J Lopez

Maple Tips and Techniques: Creating Task Templates
Author: Maplesoft

Visit Tips & Techniques on the Maplesoft website for more applications.




Application Center Highlights
Univariate and Bivariate Normal Distributions Author: Mr. Marcus Davidsson Fractional Brownian Motion
Author: Mr. Marcus Davidsson
Elliptic Functions and Simple Pendulum Animation
Author: Dr. Ahmed C Baroudy

A Simple RC Low-pass Filter
Author: Mr. Georgios Kokovidis

Kissoide (Zissoide)
Author: Prof. Josef Betten

Oscillations of a Liquid Column
Author: Maplesoft
Péndulo Doble
Author: Mr. Sebastián I Varas Kittel

Application of the Lambert W Function to the SIR Epidemic Model
Author: Dr. Frank Wang

Principio de Mínima Acción - Cilindro Rueda por un plano inclinado
Author: Mr. Sebastián I Varas Kittel
 
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Maplesoft Webinar Series
Clickable Calculus: Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, and Vector Calculus
Thursday, February 12, 2009 2:00pm EST.



Join Dr. Robert Lopez as he explores Maple 12’s remarkable set of user-interface features that makes common mathematical operations as easy as pointing and clicking. In this session, Dr. Lopez will solve a spectrum of standard (and not-so-standard) problems drawn from Pre-Calculus, and Calculus of one and several variables.
MapleSim For Engineering Education: Innovations in Analysis, Design and Simulation
Thursday, February 19, 2009 2:00pm EST.



MapleSim is a modeling and simulation software that derives numerically efficient models of complex systems using an intuitive block-diagram approach to defining system models. MapleSim offers significant reduction in model development time and runtime performance from traditional systems. Distinct from traditional math and simulation software, MapleSim offers automatic derivation of model equations for more effective and engaging virtual simulations and exercises, dramatically more efficient models for real time simulations in research, and direct application to the emerging modeling problems in industry.

For further details or to enroll in a Webinar please click here.

Missed a Webinar? Check out our recorded Webinar section where you can browse and view recordings of past Webinars.

 

Maplesoft In The Press

Here are some highlights of this past month press coverage.

Speeding Up the Wheels of Change
Scientific Computing and Instrumentation, January 30, 2009

An article by Maplesoft's Chief Scientist Laurent Bernardin on the advantages of symbolic-based modeling has become the cover story of the latest edition of Scientific Computing and Instrumentation. Writes Laurent: “Those who are taking advantage of the new symbolic-based modeling technologies are already realizing how much more efficient their work can become, with improvements in cycle times, cost optimization, and smoother implementation of extremely complex systems.”

Back to Basics
Design News, January 28, 2009

Contributing to the “Rant” column in Design News, Tom Lee writes how the current crisis in the auto industry will bring out the best in engineering. He says that “the demand for highly fuel-efficient vehicles will certainly continue to increase but our hunger for speed, safety, creature comforts and an affordable price is not likely to subside.”

In addition to these articles, check out the Media Center for all the latest coverage on Maplesoft.

 


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