Joint Math, Teacher Resource Center, IEEE robotics webinar

Newsletter for December 2010

Joint Math

Register NowWhen: Friday, January 7th, 2011
Catered Reception: 5:30 – 6:00 pm
Training Workshop: 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Where: Sheraton New Orleans, Grand Chenier room, 5th floor

When Maple's ease-of-use features combined with Maple's point-and-click tools, Clickable Calculus was born. Clickable Calculus is a syntax-free way of accessing the power of Maple and flattening the learning curve, making it possible to use Maple to teach mathematics without first having to teach the tool.

Join Dr. Robert Lopez, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, in a hands-on workshop where the magic of Clickable Calculus will be revealed. Bring your laptop. We'll provide the software. In this hands-on workshop, Dr. Lopez will lead participants through a selection of problems drawn from precalculus, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, and vector calculus. Participants will learn to solve these problems in a syntax-free way, using the new interface features in Maple.

Please register in advance. There are only a limited number of spaces available. If you don't have a working copy of Maple 14 on your laptop, a temporary download copy of Maple 14 will be emailed to you. At the workshop, the files needed for the exercises will be provided. Register Now

P.S. While you're at the 2011 Joint Mathematics Meetings, stop by the Maplesoft booth #109.


New Content in the Teacher Resource Center

We’ve updated the Precalculus content within the Teacher Resource Center.  In particular, the logarithm section has been updated with new videos and examples.

The updated sections include:

4.7.1 – Logarithms with Integer Bases
4.7.2 – Logarithms as Inverses of Exponentials
4.7.3 – Properties of Logarithms
4.7.4 – Changing Bases of Logarithms
4.7.5 – Solving Exponential Equations
4.7.6 – Solving Logarithmic Equations
4.7.7 – Logarithmic Models and Logarithmic Scales

You can find the content here.

Bring math to life in your classroom! Download the course content for FREE directly from the Teacher Resource Center. Each topic includes a demo video, testing content, and Maple worksheets. Click here to explore the Maplesoft Teacher Resource Center and the new course content.


IEEE Webinar: Highly Efficient Models of Multibody Systems for HIL Simulation of Robotic Systems

Thursday, Jan 27, 2011, 2:00 PM ET

This webinar presents techniques and applications for rapidly developing computationally optimized models for HIL simulation of high-fidelity physical plant models. Using symbolic computation techniques, multibody models can be effectively preprocessed to select optimal coordinate frames, eliminate redundant calculations, simplify algebraic constraints, and generate computationally minimal code for real-time deployment. Furthermore, novel mathematical techniques can be deployed for efficient parameter optimization and other advanced analysis. Applications in robotics, including space and industrial robotics will be presented. The symbolic computation system Maple and the related modeling system MapleSim will be used to illustrate examples. This webinar consists of two parts:

Part I:
General survey of techniques and applications of symbolic computation
techniques in robotics.
Part II:
Applications in space and industrial robotics.


Dr. Amir Khajepour
Dr. Amir Khajepour, President AEMK Systems, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo, and Canada Research Chair in Mechatronic Vehicle Systems: Dr. Khajepour is an authority in mechatronics and robotics. His research includes modeling and development of advanced systems for the automotive, space, and manufacturing industries.
Dr. Tom Lee Dr. Tom Lee, Vice President Applications Engineering and Chief Evangelist, Maplesoft: Dr. Lee is the principal technology spokesperson for Maplesoft, an emerging leader in advanced engineering modeling and simulation. As Vice President of Applications Engineering, Dr. Lee directs the principal engineering engagements for Maplesoft, including custom model development, consulting, and training, with key customers and partners. Dr. Lee holds a Ph.D. in automation and control and has been a leading influence in the development of new modeling tools for physical modeling and symbolic

To register for this webinar, 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.
Science Fiction Double Feature
Dr. Tom Lee
Like many in the technology industry, I am a big fan of science fiction films and I’ve written in the past about how exciting it is for me to have a job where science fiction and reality literally meet. Over the past few months, several key projects from various Maple and MapleSim users caught my attention for various reasons and once again, I was forced to giggle publicly as the shear cool factor of these applications overcame my normal mature demeanor.  Read More>>
Green Cars
Dr. Tom Lee
It’s ironic that my life in North America started with a green car and has come full circle with green cars all over the place as far as my job is concerned. But of course, today’s green car is really about highly fuel efficient cars or cars powered by entirely difference energy sources than with the old Skylark.  Read More>>
Subscripts as Partial Differentiation Operators
Dr. Robert Lopez
I have always preferred the notation  for the derivative of  evaluated at . It is the least cumbersome way to express this number. Read More>>
To see all Maplesoft blog posts, click here.


Tips & Techniques

Classroom Tips and Techniques: Partial Derivatives by Subscripting
Author: Dr. Robert Lopez

As output, Maple can display the partial derivative ∂/∂x f(x,y) as fx; that is, subscript notation can be used to display partial derivatives, and it can be done with two completely different mechanisms. This article describes these two techniques, and then investigates the extent to which partial derivatives can be calculated by subscript notation.

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


Application Center Highlights

Santa's Sleigh Ride
Author: Maplesoft

With the holiday’s right around the corner, there is a festive vibe going around the office. Decorations have been hung, lights have been strewn, and we’ve just had our first snow fall of the season. Our application engineering group has also got in the spirit and modeled a flight path of Santa on his sleigh. Using MapleSim, they’ve created a simple flight path for Santa and have modeled the effects his body would experience as he is flying through the night sky. You can watch a video of it here. Granted this doesn’t have all the features, like the weight of his bag of toys, or the aerodynamic effects 8 reindeer would have on his flight, but it’s a good starting point.


The Physics of Santa Claus
Author: Maplesoft

For a number of years, just before Christmas, an article explaining the physics involved in Santa's Christmas Eve trip has circulated the internet. It is re-created here, this time with up-to-date values, and of course, using Maple.

To access the Maplesoft Application Center, click here.


Maplesoft Books
Numerical Analysis, 9th Edition
Authors: Richard Burden, J. Douglas Faires

Computational Methods in Chemical Engineering with Maple
Authors: Ralph E. White, Venkat R. Subramanian

Kinetic Theory of Granular Gases
Authors: Nikolai V. Brilliantov and Thorsten Poschel
Partial Differential Equations And Boundary Value Problems with Maple
Author: George A. Articolo

Ausgleichsvorgänge in elektro-mechanischen Systemen mit Maple analysieren
Author: Rolf Müller

Cálculo simbólico y gráfico con Maple
Authors: Agustín Carrillo de Albornoz, Inmaculada Llamas


Maplesoft In The Press

Here are some highlights of this past month press coverage.

MapleSim Helps Improve Your Golf Game
Product Design & Development, November 30, 2010

Extract: "The speed of all most computations has been increased by more efficient algorithms. The new Maple Cloud Document Exchange facilitates the creation, distribution and exchange of documents with colleagues. Of course all of our old friends such as the TA’s, Tutor’s, Help Database and extensive mathematical algorithms are still there, as are the very useful palettes. The many application briefs and add-ons available on-line complete a very nice package for the student, engineer or industrial mathematician."
Simulating continuous models with discrete events
Engineer Live , November 18, 2010

Extract: "Maplesoft is releasing Maplesim 4.5, the latest version of its high-performance physical modelling and simulation tool. Based on advanced symbolic computation technology, Maplesim is an engineering software tool for design, modelling, and high-performance simulation, including real-time and hardware-in-the-loop applications. Unlike traditional, numeric-based modelling tools, the symbolic approach of Maplesim exposes and provides access to the model equations."

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