PTS Release, PD&D Webinar, Maglev Case Study

Newsletter for August 2010

Maple T.A. MAA-Placement Test Suite

PTS The Maple T.A.™ MAA® Placement Test Suite is a collection of placement tests that are developed by the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and offered online exclusively through the Maple T.A. testing environment.

The latest release of the Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite incorporates the results of modern research into calculus assessment. A new Calculus Concepts Readiness Test determines if a student has a good understanding of the mathematical concepts needed to succeed in a calculus course. Pilot testing has shown the test has high predictive validity of success in a first calculus course.

Built on the recently released Maple T.A. 6, the Placement Test Suite also includes tools for integration into more course management systems, including Moodle™. It also delivers performance improvements when used with large student populations.

“The Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite is an important component of Maplesoft’s e-learning solutions,” said Paul DeMarco, Director of Development for Maple™ and Maple T.A. “With this latest release, our customers have even more options and tools for a smooth, effective placement test experience for students, instructors, and staff.”

“We are pleased to be able to offer the results of recent research in calculus assessment through the Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite,” said Michael Pearson, Associate Executive Director and Director of Programs and Services for the Mathematical Association of America. “The Placement Test Suite offers an online testing environment that greatly simplifies the logistics of distributing and administering placement tests, thus saving time for faculty and increasing the efficiency of departments’ instructional programs.”

To learn more about what's new, click here.

To request a price quote, click here.


Sponsored Webinar: Innovative design techniques for mechatronic devices
Thursday, August 26th, 2:00pm Eastern Time

PD&DThis webinar, presented in cooperation with Product Design & Development Magazine, demonstrates emerging techniques that are allowing companies to more rapidly design and prototype complex mechatronic devices and products. Mechatronic products include robots, UAV vehicles, haptics devices, automotive systems, and many more products and systems that are becoming increasingly important to industry. New development techniques include more thorough and flexible modeling and simulation tools and a greater emphasis on sound, rigorous, engineering analytics. This webinar will bring together two organizations that are at the forefront of mechatronic design techniques: Quanser, producers of widely adopted mechatronic experiment and research hardware platforms, and Maplesoft, producers of advanced physical modeling software tools for control and mechatronic applications.

The Webinar will provide an overview of advanced modeling techniques and real application case studies including UAV applications and haptic devices. From a software perspective, the MapleSim system will be highlighted as an example of modern system modeling tools that are beginning to change the way engineers approach complex design. Overall the audience will gain clear insight into the modern toolchain and workflow, the core benefits of the covered techniques, and the essential techniques for rapid mechatronic system development.

To register for this webinar, click here.


Shanghai Maglev Development Transportation Company uses MapleSim in their Modeling Projects

In 2004, Shanghai introduced the world’s only commercially operating magnetically levitated (Maglev) train service. Maglev technology is growing in popularity because it emits fewer harmful pollutants and is more efficient at higher speeds than conventional forms of mass transport. Additionally, increasing crude oil prices and its inherently quieter operation has propelled Maglev technology forward as a viable green alternative to air travel between large urban population centers.

Engineers at the Shanghai Maglev Transportation Development Company Ltd (SMTD) recently chose MapleSim, Maplesoft’s multi-domain modeling and simulation software, as a core part of a new commercially funded controls research laboratory. MapleSim is the leading physical modeling tool that helps engineers meet the challenges of complex physical modeling projects. It is the ideal software package for developing models for multi-domain engineering systems, including sophisticated plant models for control systems development. SMTD is using MapleSim to investigate the physics and control of the increasingly popular Maglev technology.

Maplesoft’s full service partner in China, CCA Technology, introduced SMTD to MapleSim, and they immediately recognized MapleSim’s potential in control design applications. “With MapleSim’s analytical tools for signal processing and controller development, and its multibody and custom component functionality, there are a number of benefits that MapleSim can bring to our research. As a result, we chose to integrate MapleSim into our toolchain,” says Mr. Bo, Maglev Control System engineer, SMTD.

You can view the User Case Study here.


New Content available in the Teacher Resource Center

Now available in the Teacher Resource Center: 3 new precalculus topics!

The new content covers piecewise functions quadratic equations, and can be found in the “Functions” section. Each of the new topics include:

  • A demo video
  • Testing content
  • Maple worksheet
Bring math to life in your classroom! Download the course content for FREE directly from the Teacher Resource Center. Click here to explore the Maplesoft Teacher Resource Center and the new course content.


Maplesoft Blog Posts
Find out what's happening at the heart of Maplesoft, and provide your comments and feedback to the Maplesoft experts.
New Parallel Features in Maple 14
Darin Ohashi
Lets imagine that you have implemented a parallel search... Read More>>
Teaching Matrix Norms
Dr. Robert Lopez
The greatest benefits from bringing Maple into the classroom are realized when the static pedagogy of a printed textbook is enlivened by the interplay of symbolic, graphic, and numeric calculations made possible by technology... Read More>>
An Engineer And His Son Go To A Rush Concert
Dr. Tom Lee
The concert was by the band Rush who, to the uninitiated, would be yet another big, loud, over-produced rock band... Read More>>
Understanding the Question
Dr. Robert Lopez
The hardest and/or most important part of answering a question is making sure the real question is understood... Read More>>
False Sharing
Darin Ohashi
False sharing occurs when multiple threads modify data that share the same cache line...
Read More>>
To see all Maplesoft blog posts, click here.


Tips & Techniques

Classroom Tips and Techniques: Classroom Tips and Techniques: Real Distinct Roots of a Cubic
Author: Dr. Robert Lopez

The real distinct roots of the cubic equation z3 + a z2 + b z + c = 0 can be expressed compactly in terms of trig functions. However, Maple's solve command does not return this compact form, so we explore how we can interpret and compact Maple's solution of this equation.

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



Application Center Highlights
Jansen Mechanism
Author: Maplesoft

A model of a Jansen mechanism using MapleSim's multibody components.


Picking the Largest Number
Marcus Davidsson

Density of Probability of an Electron near the Nucleus
Author: Daniel Alonso Hercules
To access the Maplesoft Application Center, click here.


Maplesoft Webinar Series
Clickable Calculus: Differential Equations, Linear Algebra and Vector Calculus
Wednesday, August 18, 2010 2:00 pm ET.

Maplesoft Solutions for Mathematics Education
Tuesday, August 24, 2010 2:00 pm ET.

Getting Started with Maple 14 Academic for Evaluators
Wednesday, August 25, 2010 2:00 pm ET.

Introduction to Maple T.A.
Friday, August 27, 2010 2:00 pm ET.


Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 2:00 pm ET.


Introducing Modern Modeling Techniques to the Undergraduate Control Course
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 2:00 pm ET.


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.

Introducing MapleSim 4.0 (Video)
Design World , August 5, 2010

Extract: “MapleSim is a drag-and-drop physical modeling tool that applies advanced symbolic computation techniques to produce high-performance simulation models of multi-domain systems. You can construct plant models using acausal connections between the components to represent their physical relationships, and then combine your plant models with signal flow-based control systems.”

Physical modeling and simulation
SAE International , August 9, 2010

Extract: "Introducing a new 3-D construction feature that saves engineers time when developing multibody models, this release of MapleSim provides instant, realistic feedback by dynamically rendering the model as it is built."

U of Waterloo, Maplesoft build smart space rovers
IT World Canada, July 12, 2010

Extract: "In order to support the ongoing focus for unmanned planetary exploration, advanced autonomous robot rovers need to be developed."

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

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August 21, 2010 - 8:30 - 4:30 pm

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