Newsletter for August 2007    
Welcome to the August 2007 Issue of the Maple Reporter!
This month’s issue highlights the new Application Briefs and the Maple T.A. Calculus II course module. In addition, check out the new Clickable Calculus poster, the latest addition to the Maplesoft poster series! Don’t miss this month’s Tip & Techniques, and the latest additions to the Maple Application Center.

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News & Announcements
Application Briefs Logo
The Maplesoft Application Briefs are a collection of key applications that show how Maplesoft solutions are applied to critical technical projects and interesting real world problems. Read and download a case study, and download the live Maple document for users such as:

Ford Motor Company
Maple helps Ford Motor Company with analytical predictions of chain drive system resonances.

Mitsubishi Securities
Use of Maple optimizes financial modeling at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International plc.

Maple T.A. Calculus II Course Module - A Complete Set of Customizable Questions and Tests
Professor Jack Weiner from the University of Guelph has developed a new Course Module for Maple T.A. Over 200 questions are used in 10 different assignments, to cover topics in the standard Calculus II curriculum. All problems and tests have been extensively tested in Maple T.A., and have been used successfully by more than 400 students over multiple terms.

New Webinar - Rapid Financial Model Development Using Maple 11 and the NAG Library
The Maple-NAG Connector is the product of an ongoing partnership between the Numerical Algorithms Group and Maplesoft. With this product, financial professionals can develop sophisticated models in a fraction of the time as compared to traditional programming methods.  To learn how to rapidly develop models by calling NAG routines from within Maple 11, register for the upcoming Webinar.  Examples will range from posing, visualizing, and answering simple financial-based questions to developing sophisticated pricing models using both analytic and numeric approaches.

Clickable Calculus Poster

Who Invented Calculus?
Read the fascinating story about the development integral and differential calculus in Maplesoft’s new poster “Clickable Calculus”. This unique poster chronicles the infamous battle between Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz for the title of “inventor of calculus”. In addition, it illustrates the many ways that you can use Maple to make your work in calculus easier, more visual, and more engaging – “Clickable Calculus”. This combination of reference information and fascinating history makes the Clickable Calculus poster the ideal decoration for your classroom, office, or computer lab.

University of Guelph and Maplesoft Partner to Develop Next Generation Teaching Techniques
The University of Guelph and Maplesoft will work together to develop state-of-the-art technology tools aimed at giving students a more compelling and effective academic experience, while making instruction delivery more efficient and student-focused.  As part of this new partnership, Maplesoft will provide the necessary software and service support.  The University of Guelph will test and develop different education strategies based on this new technology framework, focusing on mathematics and science.

Maplesoft Gains a Significant Customer in China
Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China plans to use Maple software to perform advanced research in various projects across the University. The University, which is well-known in the region, is traditionally known for naval architecture, ocean engineering and other transportation research. It will use Maple in advanced and complex projects in the ship and offshore industry.

August Webinar Highlights

Rapid Financial Model Development Using Maple 11 and the NAG Library
August 28, 2007 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

From Theory to Practice: Maple to Increase Insight and Efficiency in Engineering Education and Research
August 29, 2007 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

View Complete Schedule

Maple Adoption Program™

Take Advantage of our Special Maple 11 offers

We've revamped the Adoption Program site to make it even better for you. For starters, there's a whole new look, designed to make getting around and finding what you need easier than ever.  In addition, Maplesoft provides a wide variety of online training resources including free downloadable videos and materials. Both you and your students can get familiar with the Maple 11’s environment using these free online resources. 

Many faculty and students have been participating in the Adoption Program for over five years and there are no signs of registrations slowing down. The Adoption Program is a great benefit to students enrolled in your class!

AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit
Marriott Hilton Head Beach and Golf Resort
Hilton Head, South Carolina

August 20-23, 2007

Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE 2007)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
October 10-13, 2007

Vehicle Dynamics Expo
Detroit, Michigan
October 24-26, 2007

ASME International--Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
Seattle, WA
November 11-15, 2007

2007 AMATYC Annual Conference
Minneapolis, Minnesota
November 15-18, 2007
See our Events page for other upcoming shows.

User Stories
Maple A Teaching tool for the Institute of Education College East in Singapore


Warren Lim Choon Gwee, Head of Mathematics Department at the Institute of Technical Education College East (ITE), chose Maple software to support the teaching and learning of Mathematics at ITE College East.  As a math lecturer, Lim Choon Gwee discovered that it is very convenient to use Maple 11 to produce PowerPoint slideshows for his lectures.

"I also have the added convenience of many math symbols, expressions, tutors and assistant tools to enhance my teaching and make the lessons more interactive. With Maple, students can now quickly and accurately solve complex math formulae or problems and eliminate all the stress that is typically associated with it."

To read this user story or others visit Maplesoft User Case Studies.

Maplesoft Streaming Video

Streaming Video Webinar: From Theory to Practice
This seminar presents extensive examples on effectively using Maplesoft products to save time, reduce error, and enhance insight in application areas such as control systems, mechanical and structural modeling, and general applied science. Products highlighted in this session include Maple 11, BlockBuilder and BlockImporter for Simulink, Maple Toolbox for MATLAB, Global Optimization Toolbox, and DynaFlexPro.

Maple T.A. 3.0 Streaming Video Webinar: Introduction to Maple T.A. 3.0
Maple T.A. 3.0, the newest version of Maplesoft’s web-based testing and assessment system, includes a wide variety of enhancements and new features. Focusing on ease of use, this release contains an enriched authoring environment, a brand-new Gradebook, and additional authentication and administration features. This interactive session will provide an overview of the new and improved features in the latest release.

Product Tips & Techniques

Maple Tip & Technique: Excel Integration with Maple
Author: Maplesoft
Classroom Tip & Technique: Eigenvalue Problems for ODEs - Part 3
Author: Robert J. Lopez, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Maple Fellow, Maplesoft

Maple T.A. Tip & Technique: Using the Question Designer in Maple T.A. 3.0
Author: Maplesoft

Maplesoft Webinar Series

dot August 14, 2007 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
dot August 23, 2007 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT
dot August 23, 2007 -  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
dot August 28, 2007 -  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
dot August 29, 2007 -  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
dot August 29, 2007 -  9:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT
dot September 18, 2007 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
dot September 19, 2007 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
dot September 19, 2007 - 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT
dot September 25, 2007 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

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.


The Maple Application Center has received the following new applications over the last month:

Finding Minimal Sum for Boolean Expression
Author: Jay Pedersen

Protection of Disk Files Against Unauthorized Access
Author: Czeslaw Koscielny

Author: Mr. Ping Du

The Tower of Hanoi
Author: Mr. Andy Gijbels
Double Spring Pendulum
Author: Mr. Andy Gijbels

Torus Pipe Developing
Authors: Dr. Branko Malesevic, Dr. Ratko Obradovic

The Relaxation Function Problem of an Orthotropic Cylinder
Author: Dr. Co Hong Tran


By the Numbers
Tom Lee reaches Rob Meyer, CEO of the Numerical Algorithms Group (NAG), at his office in Oxford UK. Despite flooding there, they manage to have an interesting and upbeat conversation about a variety of things, including the Maple-NAG Connector. Later, Dave Linder, a senior architect at Maplesoft, joins Tom in the studio for a more in-depth discussion of the features and routines used by the Connector. Finally, there are many exciting things going on at Maplesoft these days, including the release of new educational tools and resources, and these are addressed in the news.


MaplePrimes, Maplesoft’s online user community is a great place to come and learn about Maple from both Maple users and from Maple developers.  All sorts of different links, tips and answers can be found there. Visit MaplePrimes today and see what new techniques can help you in your work with Maple.

Maplesoft in the Press

Here are some highlights of this past month’s press coverage.

Maplesoft targets financial firms with advanced mathematics software
Finextra Research, July 2007
Finextra Research discusses how Mitsubishi Securities uses Maple for financial product modeling, design, prototyping, and implementation.

Wheels: Predicting chain drive system resonances
DesignFax Online , July 2007
Ford Motor Company uses Maple to understand vibrational behavior in chain drive systems and develop predictive design tools.

Maplesoft seeks new uses for math software
The Record, July 2007
Maplesoft and the University of Guelph partner to increase the use of technology tools in the classroom.

Mathematics Readers' Choice Maple
Scientific Computing, July 2007
Maple has won the Bronze place in the Scientific Computing Readers Choice Awards for the category “Mathematics”.

Software helps quell transmission noise
Automotive Design Line, July 2007
Automotive Design Line carries a byline article by Jack Liu of Ford Motor Company about his use of Maple to understand vibrational behavior in chain drive systems and to develop predictive design tools.

Teaching software helps Dutch students achieve 95 per cent pass rate
Scientific Computing World, July 2007
Scientific Computing World reveals how the use of Maple T.A helped a Dutch Polytechnic achieve 95% pass results.

Analytical predictions of system resonances developed
DPA, July 2007
Ford Motor Company uses Maple to understand vibrational behavior in chain drive systems and develop predictive design tools.

Chinese contract for HPC mathematics software
Scientific Computing World, July 2007
Maplesoft wins a significant customer in China.

Maple math software streamlines analytical work
Design Product News, July 2007
Designed to reduce error and increase analytical productivity, Maple 11 is said to eliminate the learning curve so common with other mathematical software.

Math Expression for Analysis
Design Product News, July 2007
Once these diagrams are converted into mathematical equations, they can be analyzed, optimized, and simplified, then converted back to Simulink using Maplesoft BlockBuilder.

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