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 pointandclick technologies. From a bigpicture conceptual approach, to a mastery of details, Maple helps the student learn more quickly, and with greater insight and understanding."
To learn more, read the full blog.
About the author
Dr. Robert J. Lopez
Robert Lopez, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the RoseHulman 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 (AddisonWesley 2001). For more than two decades, Dr. Lopez has also been a visionary figure in the introduction of Maplesoft technology into undergraduate education. 
Maplesoft Events

European Mechatronics Meeting
June 6th7th
Le GrandBornand, France 
ASEE Annual Conference
June 10th13th
San Antonio, Texas

Vehicle Dynamics Expo
June 12th14th
Messe Stuttgart, Germany

For further details about these events, click here. 




University of Canterbury uses Maple T.A. to deliver innovative math courses online
Being innovators paid off in a time of real need for the University of Canterbury, based in Christchurch, New Zealand.
The University was one of the first institutions in New Zealand to adopt and utilize Maple T.A. to deliver their mathematics based course material and was quick to realize that they could use the software to avoid any disruption to their classes following a sizeable earthquake in Christchurch on February 22, 2011.
Phillipa Williams, from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, used Maple T.A. to create weekly online modules to support student learning. The previous year, Maple T.A. had been used primarily for summative assessment, measuring the progress of student learning. Since the success of the weekly online modules, the faculty has used Maple T.A. as a core formative assessment tool.
Students used home computers/laptops for online sessions and assignments, working through each of the online modules. Maple T.A. proved to be a perfect tool to help both students and teachers because its webbased interface promotes learning anytime, anywhere.
To learn more, read the full user case study.
3rd Annual Maplesoft Academic Summer Workshop at McMaster University
Thursday, July 19th, 8:30am5:30pm  Friday, July 20th, 8:30am12:00pm
This workshop is a continuation of the successful second workshop held in June of 2011, also hosted by McMaster University. The goal is to constructively engage engineering professionals exploring new techniques to improve engineering education through modeling and simulation, and the MapleSim technology in particular.
This year, the theme will be the use of engineering technology used in undergraduate engineering courses. McMaster University will present their results with regards to their dynamic modeling and simulation freshman design projects using MapleSim. As a group, we will then discuss and debate the various dimensions of the pedagogy and technology and ultimately aim for concrete conclusions and recommendations on the potential, implications, and methodologies inherent in introducing MapleSim into the curriculum.
Additional sessions include presentations from other user campuses and updates from Maplesoft on technology enhancements and roadmaps. There will also be a halfday handson tutorial on Maple and MapleSim on the second day. This will be a chance for new users to get a compact introduction to the key techniques.
For more information and to register, please click here.
Recorded Sponsored Webinar: Educational Techniques for the Next Generation of Engineers
This webinar highlighted the work of three engineering educators:
1. Dr. Thomas Doyle:
Transforming the freshman ‘cornerstone’ design course through modeling and simulation.
2. Dr. Venkat Krovi:
The use of symbolic computation to enhance robotics education and control education.
3. Dr. James Andrew Smith:
The benefits of using a dynamic modeling software package in electrical engineering courses.
In this panel discussion lead by Tim Vrablik of Maplesoft and moderated by Scott Williamson of ASEE, learn firsthand how advanced physical modeling and simulation technology can enrich your classroom and accelerate learning.




BLOGS 


Teaching Concepts with Maple 

Being easy to use is nice, but being easy to learn with is better. Maple’s easeofuse paradigm, captured in the phrases “Clickable Calculus” and “Clickable Math” provides a syntaxfree way to use Maple. 



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 

Physical Modeling and Simulation with MapleSim
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 multicore computers. The Maple programming language has been enhanced to support lightweight objects, for enhanced objectoriented 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, contextsensitive menus, tutors and other Clickable Math tools that provide a pointandclick interface for solving, visualising and exploring mathematical problems. 






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