The Maple Reporter Academic
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Newsletter for January 2008
The Maple Reporter Academic Newsletter provides you with special offers, product news and information, numerous resources, tips & techniques, upcoming events and more! With new courseware to download and several training opportunities, this issue has a wealth of resources.

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News & Announcements
Physical Modeling Consortium Founded by Maplesoft Brings Together Automotive Giants at a Common Forum
Maplesoft recently announced the founding of the Physical Modeling Consortium, a forum to share ideas and advance the development of Rapid Plant Modeling methodology based on symbolic computation.  Maplesoft, as the founder and organizer, is bringing together leading companies in the automotive sector for discussion and exploration of shared challenges and new ideas.
Maplesoft Broadens Language Support for its Flagship Product
Maple™ is now available in additional languages. The newly supported languages are Chinese, Korean, and Greek, adding to the current support for Japanese and English. In its eleventh edition, Maple is a widely popular tool used by engineers, researchers, teachers, and students around the world. The new language support makes the tool available to a wider group of users.
A Multitude of Resources in the New Maple T.A. Content Center
Maplesoft has launched the Maple T.A. Content Center: a brand-new resource that groups together all downloadable free content relating to Maple T.A. including course modules, question banks and related documents. The Center enables you to access the newest or highest rated and most popular content instantly, even rate and refer items of interest to colleagues. In addition, the site allows anyone who has created their own content to upload their work to share with the user community.
Maplesoft Announces the Grid Computing Toolbox for Distributed Computing
Launched last month, The Grid Computing Toolbox enables distributed computing using Maple.  It allows users to run Maple computations in parallel, taking advantage of all the hardware resources available, cutting down on processing time and enabling applications that were not possible before.
Maple T.A. 3.01
Launched last month, Maple T.A.3.01, the upgraded Web-based testing and assessment system, includes improvements to LDAP, Gradebook navigation and searching, roster import, assignment navigation, question authoring and more.

Maple T.A. Product  Hotfixes
From time to time Maplesoft publishes product hotfixes to address product issues.  Hotfixes are quick, downloadable code fixes to specific issues. The first seven to be released are available here.

Planned Platform Support: Future Maple Releases
We have released our plans for supported platforms and operating system availability for the next major release of the Maple product family. To see a list of supported platforms visit www.maplesoft.com/futureplatforms.aspx



User Stories

University of Guelph Partners with Maplesoft to Measure the Effect of Technology in the Classroom
Most educators agree that technology can have a beneficial impact on mathematics students, and ample anecdotal evidence from individual teachers and classes supports that position. What is less clear is the extent of the impact of emerging technology on student success, the types of tools that provide the most benefit, and the best practices to achieve these benefits. The University of Guelph, in partnership with Maplesoft, has launched a multi-year project to study these questions and to evolve the next generation of teaching techniques.



Product Tips & Techniques
Maple Tips & Techniques: Parameter Processing
Author: Maplesoft

Maple T.A. Tips & Techniques:  Three Steps to More Effective Algorithms in Maple T.A.
Author: Maplesoft

Classroom Tips & Techniques: Visualizing the Plane Determined by Two Vectors at a Point in Space
Author: Robert J. Lopez, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Maple Fellow, Maplesoft

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



Maplesoft Webinar Series
Introduction to Maple T.A. 3.0
January 15, 2008: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
Clickable Calculus: Pre-Calculus, and Calculus of one and Several Variables
January 24, 2008: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
Clickable Engineering Math Part 1 - Interactive Engineering Problem Solving
January 16, 2008: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

 

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Application Center Highlights
Sierpinski Gasket with Control Points
Author: Prof. Wieslaw Kotarski, Dr. Agnieszka Lisowska
Stratum and Compactness Maplet
Author:  Dr. Tolga Guyer

Pré-test en Mathématique (French)  
Author:  Prof. Mario Lemelin

Eichler Orders
Author: Dr. Miriam Ciavarella, Prof. Marina Marchisio

First Digit Simulation
Author:  Mr. Roland Engdahl

The Elastic Prismatic Beams on the Winkler Foundation  
Author:  Prof. Marcin M Kaminski

LRC Circuits
Author:  Mr. Robert A Guyette

 



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Maplesoft in the Press
From Theory to Practice: Theoretical Technique Comes of Age
R&D Magazine
Tom Lee discusses how Dr. John McPhee of the University of Waterloo combines a known mathematical modeling technique and recent advances in computing to solve complex mechanical models and convert them into commercial successes.
Maplesoft Adds Grid Computing Toolbox to Its Series
Desktop Engineering
Announcing the new Grid Computing Toolbox from Maplesoft.
Toyota and Maplesoft Enter a Multi-Year Partnership to Produce New Tools for Knowledge-Rich Physical Modeling
ThomasNet Industrial Newsroom
Announcing the new partnership between Maplesoft and Toyota.
University of Guelph partners with Maplesoft to Measure the Effect of Technology in the Classroom
CADwire.net
A user story on Maplesoft’s partnership with the University of Guelph to assess the impact of technology.

Motion Feedback Gets Touch and Feel
Design Product News
In a successful example of Maple user story, the case study of Quanser Consulting has appeared on the cover page of Design Product News. The article illustrates Quanser’s use of haptic technology in medical robots and Maple’s role in brining this revolutionary technology to life.

Calculating Noise
Automotive Design and Production
A look at Ford’s use of Maple to understand vibrational behavior in chain drive systems.

Math Modeling, Simulation
Design Product News
Announcing the latest version of DynaFlexPro.

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

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Maplesoft Events
FETC
January 22-25, 2008
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL


E-Learning 2008
February 16-19, 2008
Trade Winds Island Grand Beach Resort
St. Petersburg, Florida


ICTCM
March 6-9, 2008
Marriott Rivercenter Hotel
San Antonio, TX


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