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Newsletter for January 2009

Welcome to the Maple Reporter Academic Newsletter!

Fifteen Hundred Organizations from 85 Countries Shape MapleSim, the Next Generation Tool for Modeling and Simulation: MapleSim™, the new high-performance multi-domain modeling and simulation tool from Maplesoft™, is now available for purchase globally. The product, well-honed from months of intense pilot testing and feedback from approximately fifteen hundred organizations spanning 85 countries, is expected to set new standards in modeling and simulation. By generating model equations in symbolic form, MapleSim helps teachers to quickly demonstrate the connection between modeling concepts and the underlying mathematical theory to their students.
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MapleSim leverages the latest advances in symbolic and numeric computing to simulate demanding multidomain systems. Learn how MapleSim compares! Click here to explore how MapleSim delivers an environment that is a superset of the existing tools for signal-flow simulation and physical modeling.

To see MapleSim in action, click here.

Maplesoft is now on Facebook!

Maplesoft has created a Facebook page which provides a forum for Maple fans to gather, share ideas and talk about their Maple experiences. The Facebook page will be updated regularly with Maplesoft blogs, videos, photos and applications. The page also provides direct access to MaplePrimes, a web community dedicated to sharing experiences, techniques, and opinions about Maple and related products, as well as general interest topics in math and computing.

Visit Maplesoft’s Facebook page and become a fan today!

Students and Educators – take advantage of the Maple Portal!

You've installed Maple 12 and launched it. Now what? How do you get Maple to do the math you want? The Maple Portal was designed to provide answers to the question "How do I...?" with Maple and can be easily accessed from within Maple 12. In the “How do I…” section of the Portal, get answers to the most common questions a user might ask about Maple. The "Tools and Features" section provides descriptions of the ease-of-use features and tools available in Maple 12. The “Maple Resources” section links to information contained either in the Maple help system or on the Maple web site, including links to the Student Resource Center, and to training videos. In addition, there is a link to the Maple Application Center, a repository for user-contributed materials available for download and use. Finally, there is also a link to the MaplePrimes site, the interactive home of the Maple user community. If you are a user of Maple 12, access the Maple Portal by entering the command ?Portal and pressing the Enter key.

For more information about the Maple Portal, click here.

There is still time to register your winter courses with the Maple Adoption Program

The Maple Adoption Program offers a simple and effective way to introduce Maple into the classroom. Educators receive a free home use copy of Maple, and students receive a substantial discount on the Student Edition of Maple. If you’re not already teaching with Maple, this is the easiest way to get started.

For more information about the program, 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.

China on my Mind
When there isn’t a hot news story about an election, a scandal or a disaster, it seems that China is the constant background music we all hear. Read More>>

Thank you… thank you
As we approach the end of another remarkable year, it’s always rewarding to reflect on the events of the year and take the time to thank all those who made the year so remarkable. Read More>>

The Physics of Santa Claus
…some enterprising person had taken the time to go through and explain just what is involved in Santa’s Christmas Eve trip around the world delivering presents. Read More>>

To see all Maplesoft blog posts, click here.


Application Briefs

Analyze the Path of a Liquid-Handling Robot
Liquid-handling robots are becoming valuable tools for almost any researcher or technician working in a biological or chemical laboratory. A common mistake made by individuals with limited experience in robotics or control theory is fine tuning each of the robot's axes independently to desired position and speed criteria instead of tuning each axis with respect to the others. In this application brief we explore the challenge of verifying the path of a liquid dispensing robot as it dispenses fluid to a sequence of wells on a microtiter plate. Read brief>>

Product Tips & Techniques

Classroom Tips and Techniques: New Tools for Complex Analysis
Author: Dr. Robert J Lopez

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

Application Center Highlights
Evaluation of Moments of Inertia
Author: Maplesoft
The concept of a moment of inertia is important in many design and analysis problems encountered in Mechanical and Civil engineering. It is required in the design of machines, bridges, and other engineering systems. The computation of moments of inertia can often be cumbersome. In the general case, analytical integrals must be evaluated. In specific cases involving composite shapes, a large number of repetitive formulas and numbers must be manipulated.
Péndulo Doble
Author: Mr. Sebastián I Varas Kittel

Cryptographic Protection of Definite PC Directory Using the AES Algorithm
Author: Prof. Czeslaw Koscielny

Application of the Lambert W Function to the SIR Epidemic Model
Author: Dr. Frank Wang

Portfolio Theory and Investment
Author: Mr. Marcus Davidsson
The Read-Bajraktarevic Functional Equation and Selfsimilarity
Author: Prof. Wieslaw Kotarski

A Note On Subdivision Curves
Author: Dr. Agnieszka Lisowska
Author: Prof. Wieslaw Kotarski

Advanced Microeconomics: Slutsky Equation, Roy’s Identity and Shephard's Lemma
Author: Mr. Marcus Davidsson
Analytical Treatment of the Involute Gears Geometry
Author: Dr. Milan Batista
To access the Maplesoft Application Center, click here.
MapleSim Examples:
Bouncing Ball
Author: Maplesoft
The Lorenz Attractor
Author: Maplesoft
Author: Maplesoft
Foucault Pendulum
Author: Maplesoft
Planar Slider-Crank Mechanism
Author: Maplesoft

To access more MapleSim applications, click here.

Maplesoft Webinar Series
Introduction to Maple 12 for Academics
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 2:00 pm EST.

In this one-hour demonstration and Q&A forum, you will learn how Maple 12 is redefining math education and opening new horizons in technical research. By taking advantage of such features as interactive tutors, context-sensitive menus, expanded mathematical capabilities, and the new Exploration Assistant, see how teachers can bring complex problems to life, students can focus on concepts rather than the mechanics of solutions, and researchers can develop more sophisticated algorithms or models.
Maple 12 and MapleSim for Controls Engineering Education
Thursday, January 15, 2009 2:00 pm EST.

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 12 and its new Dynamic Systems package, which offers a large selection of analytic and graphing tools for linear time-invariant systems, essential in control systems development.
MapleSim For Engineering Education: Innovations in Analysis, Design and Simulation
Tuesday, January 20, 2009 2:00 pm EST.

MapleSim is a modeling and simulation software that derives numerically efficient models of complex systems using an intuitive block-diagram approach to defining system models. MapleSim offers significant reduction in model development time and runtime performance from traditional systems. Distinct from traditional math and simulation software, MapleSim offers automatic derivation of model equations for more effective and engaging virtual simulations and exercises, dramatically more efficient models for real time simulations in research, and direct application to the emerging modeling problems in industry.
Clickable Calculus: Pre-Calculus, and Calculus of One and Several Variables
Wednesday, January 21, 2009 2:00pm EST.

Join Dr. Robert Lopez as he explores Maple 12’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.

A Fresh Look At Symbolic and Numeric Computation
Wednesday, January 28, 2009 2:00 pm EST.

What is the modern definition of symbolic computing? What are the critical differences between symbolic and numeric computation? How can respective advantages be exploited to solve more complex problems? What is the future of symbolic and numeric computations? This Webinar explores these and other issues that comprise the very heart of mathematical computing technology. Although Maplesoft is renowned for its symbolic capabilities, it has made major contributions to the evolution of numeric computations as well. The presenter, Dr. Tom Lee, is Maplesoft’s Chief Evangelist. He has been with Maplesoft since 1989.

For further details or to enroll in a Webinar please click here.

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