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Newsletter for August 2009

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MapleNet 13 Now Available!

MapleNet 13 makes it easy for programmers and non-programmers alike to provide rich mathematical content and sophisticated plots in interactive applications and web content. MapleNet also provides a standard web services application programming interface (API), making the computational power of Maple™ available everywhere you are connected -- on a web site, desktop computer, or mobile device.

Web content that requires use of static plots and mathematical expressions, such as those often found in technical reports or course notes, can now be created easily by including a special hyperlink to MapleNet in the web page. No web programming knowledge or tools are required. MapleNet will automatically generate and display an image of the mathematical expression or plot in the web page.

MapleNet 13 uses the most powerful and extensive mathematical engine available to perform its computations. Maple 13, the newest release of the world-renowned technical computing software, includes enhancements to its mathematical and plotting abilities that provide additional power and increased performance to MapleNet users.

To learn more about MapleNet 13, click here.




Maplesoft Blog Posts
Find out what's happening at the heart of Maplesoft, and provide your comments and feedback to the Maplesoft experts.
Postcard from the road: Zen and the art of vacations
About three weeks ago a long time friend of mine and I set out on motorcycles to one of the more scenic and culturally significant places in Canada – the Eastern provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island – the Maritimes. Read More>>

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Product Tips & Techniques

Classroom Tips and Techniques: Nonlinear Curve Fitting
Author: Maplesoft

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

Application Center Highlights
Application Generating Parameterized Transfer Functions from Plant Models in MapleSim
In this tutorial we will generate a parameterized transfer function from a spring-mass-damper system. We will start by creating the plant model. We will then extract the system equations in a Maple worksheet, and convert them into a transfer function. Read More>>
Design of Simple Nomogram by Maple
Author: Dr. Laczik Bálint
The orthogonal series expansions package for Maple
Author:Dr. Sergey Moiseev
NEWTON's Method in Comparison with the Fixed Point Iteration
Authors: Prof. Josef Betten

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Maplesoft Webinar Series

Introduction to Maple 13 for Math Education
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 2:00 pm ET.

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Maple 13’s unique blend of computational power and ease-of-use makes it an essential tool for doing mathematics. Its smart document environment provides revolutionary Clickable Math techniques for solving problems from any technical discipline, ensuring that students are instantly productive and engaged. The results can be incorporated in rich, interactive, live documents that are as professional looking as a textbook.

In this one-hour demonstration and Q&A forum, you will learn how Maple 13 is redefining math education and opening new horizons in technical research, with such features as interactive tutors, context-sensitive menus for mathematical operations, sophisticated visualization tools, and extensive mathematical capabilities. See how Maple 13 helps teachers bring complex problems to life, students focus on concepts rather than the mechanics of solutions, and researchers develop more-sophisticated algorithms or models.


Clickable Calculus: Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, and Vector Calculus
Thursday, August 20, 2009 2:00 pm ET.

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“Clickable Calculus” refers to Maple’s remarkable set of user-interface features that makes common mathematical operations as easy as pointing and clicking. Unique among professional math tools, Maple provides both computational power and a new-generation user interface that allows students and new users to become proficient with Maple without the burden of learning commands and their related syntax. The result is that instructors can spend their time teaching mathematics rather than the tool.

Overall, teaching and learning become more efficient and effective. By solving a spectrum of standard (and not-so-standard) problems drawn from differential equations, linear algebra, and vector calculus, this session will demonstrate the potential of “Clickable Calculus” to enrich the mathematical experience.

Getting Started with Maple 13 Academic for Evaluators
Monday, August 24, 2009 2:00 pm ET.

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Now that you’ve received your evaluation copy of Maple 13 Academic, you may be wondering what you can do with it! This webinar, presented by Dr. Robert Lopez, Maple Fellow and Emeritus Professor from the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, will provide you with tips and techniques that will help you get started with Maple 13. Dr. Lopez is an award winning educator in mathematics and is the author of several books. For over a decade, Dr. Lopez has also been a visionary figure in the introduction of math technology into undergraduate education.

In this 60 minute webinar, Dr. Lopez will show you how to begin using your evaluation copy of Maple 13, a powerful general purpose math tool designed to provide an environment for educators and students to explore and 'do' math. Used creatively, Maple 13 can help students learn better and faster. It can illuminate theory, clarify the abstract and give form and substance to general principles.

If you’ve already received an evaluation copy of Maple 13 Academic, register now. If you would like to receive an evaluation copy of Maple 13, please click here

Maple 13 and MapleSim 2 for Controls Engineering Education
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 2:00 pm ET.

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This webinar will, by the use of introductory and more complex examples, demonstrate how Maplesoft’s products can be used when teaching and learning controls engineering concepts. The concepts will be demonstrated using MapleSim, a new high-performance multi-domain modeling and simulation tool, as well as with Maple and its Dynamic Systems package, which offers a large selection of analytic and graphing tools for linear time-invariant systems, essential in control systems development.

This webinar will be presented by Dr. Robert Lopez, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. Dr. Lopez is an award winning educator and author of several books, including Advanced Engineering Mathematics. For over a decade, he has also been a visionary figure in the introduction of math technology into undergraduate education and has received numerous awards for outstanding scholarship and teaching. Joining him as co-presenter is Tim Vrablik, Applications Engineer at Maplesoft.


Clickable Calculus: Pre-Calculus, and Calculus of One and Several Variables
Thursday, August 27, 2009 2:00 pm ET.

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Maplesoft’s “Clickable Calculus™” has introduced an exciting new dimension in calculus education. The idea of powerful mathematics delivered using very visual, interactive point and click methods is launching a new generation of teaching and learning techniques in mathematics.

Join Dr. Robert Lopez as he explores Maple’s remarkable set of user-interface features that makes common mathematical operations as easy as pointing and clicking. In this session, Dr. Lopez will solve a spectrum of standard (and not-so-standard) problems drawn from Pre-Calculus, and Calculus of one and several variables.

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.


Maplesoft In The Press

Here are some highlights of this past month press coverage.

Web-based Assessment and Testing Systems (WATS)
Notices, July 28, 2009

“Maple T.A permits a very powerful multi-part question which lets one create free-form questions that mix formula, number, multiple-choice etc, elements in a longer exercise. Because Maple T.A grades expressions with the Maple engine, it works well in college algebra and precalculus courses exercises often ask students to re-write or simplify an expression.”

Maple T.A. 5.0 - Latest version of Maplesoft’s testing and assessment tool
CAD CAM News , July 23, 2009

Maple T.A. 5.0, released globally, is expected to significantly enhance flexibility and performance of content management, as well as simplify system administration.”

Maplesoft Releases Blackboard Vista-Compatible Maple TA 5.0
Campus Technology, July 23, 2009

“Maplesoft T.A. is a Web-based tool designed for online math assessments. It provides a platform for creating, administering, and grading exams in science, math, and engineering using the Maple mathematics engine. It supports free-response questions, the use of 2D and 3D plots (contour plots, vector fields, and others), and algorithmic questions.”

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Maplesoft Events


ASME 2009 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences (IDETC)
August 30, 2009 - September 2, 2009
San Diego, California

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