ACADEMIC EDITION | May 2012 | Issue 5

Teaching Concepts with Maple

Maplesoft has recently launched Teaching Concepts with Maple. This website contains a collection of common problems that instructors use with their students.  The solution to each problem is demonstrated by Dr.Robert Lopez as where he walks through one or more ways of solving the problem using Maple. These video examples and downloadable Maple documents are designed to help students learn concepts more quickly and with greater insight and understanding.

In his blog, Dr. Lopez describes his motivations for creating this section: "Classroom experience shows that students learn the necessary skills more efficiently and effectively when they have a clearer idea of why they are necessary. They’ve seen what the “right answers” are supposed to look like, they know where the parts belong, and they understand what the goal is supposed to be.

The collection of examples made available on the Maple web site, in a new section called Teaching Concepts with Maple, illustrates [Maple's ability to] resequence concepts and skills. Each example shows how, after a statement of a problem, it can expeditiously be solved in Maple. Then, like peeling away the layers of an onion, various facets of the solution process can be explored, using Maple’s point-and-click technologies. From a big-picture conceptual approach, to a mastery of details, Maple helps the student learn more quickly, and with greater insight and understanding."

Dr. Robert J. Lopez
Robert Lopez, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, USA, is an award winning educator in mathematics and is the author of several books including Advanced Engineering Mathematics (Addison-Wesley 2001). For more than two decades, Dr. Lopez has also been a visionary figure in the introduction of Maplesoft technology into undergraduate education.

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VIDEOS
 Video: Jack Weiner describing his use of Maple in the university classroom Listen as Professor Jack Weiner from the University of Guelph describes his use of Maple in his university classroom.
BLOGS
 Teaching Concepts with Maple Being easy to use is nice, but being easy to learn with is better. Maple’s ease-of-use paradigm, captured in the phrases “Clickable Calculus” and “Clickable Math” provides a syntax-free way to use Maple.
FEATURED APPLICATION
 Classroom Tips and Techniques: Fourier Series and an Orthogonal Expansions Package Author: Dr. Robert Lopez This package provides commands for expansions in 17 other bases of orthogonal functions. In addition to looking at the Fourier series option, this article also considers the Bessel series expansion.
MAPLESOFT WEBINAR SERIES
 Live Webinars Clickable Calculus Series - Part #6: Vector Calculus Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 10:00 am EDT Maple 16 Training for Educators and Researchers Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm EDT Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm EDT A Guide to Evaluating Maple 16 Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 10:00 am EDT Educational Techniques for the Next Generation of Engineers Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 10:00 am EDT Recorded Webinars Custom Palettes, Snippets, and Task Templates Maple 16 – Neues auf einen Blick
MAPLESOFT IN THE PRESS
 Math for Engineers: A look at Mathcad Prime 2.0 and Maple 16 Desktop Engineering, May 9, 2012 “Maple 16 benefits from major improvements in computational efficiency, in the areas of core polynomial operations, numeric differential equation solving, and linear algebra computations. It features better scalability on multi-core computers. The Maple programming language has been enhanced to support light-weight objects, for enhanced object-oriented programming ... Maple 16 is a fine choice as a tool for doing serious engineering math.” Editor's Pick: Maplesoft Releases Maple 16 Desktop Engineering, May 9, 2012 Maplesoft (Waterloo, ONT) recently announced version 16 of Maple, its flagship technical computing system for mathematicians, engineers, scientists, and academia. Calling this a major release, Maplesoft says that Maple 16 has been extended with more than 4,500 additions and improvements across the entire product, including areas such as mathematical algorithms, visualization, programming language, engineering tools, documentation, education features, and authoring tools. Maple 16 Scientific Computing World, March 30, 2012 Maple 16 features interactive assistants, palettes, context-sensitive menus, tutors and other Clickable Math tools that provide a point-and-click interface for solving, visualising and exploring mathematical problems.

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