From Street Fighting to Santa Claus: Having Fun with Math and Maple

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From Street Fighting to Santa Claus: Having Fun with Math and Maple

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Instructors and students use Maple to visualize concepts, investigate motivating examples, reduce the tedium and inevitable mistakes of long calculations, and explore important ideas from mathematics, science, and engineering. The Maple Application Center and MapleCloud contain thousands of Maple applications contributed by Maple users from around the world that do all these important and useful things.

Plus, many of them are pretty darn cool.

This article presents a collection of Maple applications that are capable of engaging a student’s attention, even if they have very little interest in mathematics. The applications cover a variety of mathematical topics and use Maple in many different ways. What they have in common is simply that they are all entertaining. Students know that math is important and serious and useful. When you combine Maple with creativity, you can also show them that math is fun.