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Newsletter for January 2009

Welcome to the Maple Reporter 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 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>>

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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 >>

Tips & Techniques
Product Tips and Techniques: Plotting Capabilities for Engineers
Author: Maplesoft

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


Application Center Highlights

Analytical Treatment of the Involute Gears Geometry
Author: Dr. Milan Batista
This application presents an analytical approach to the generation of the geometry of the involute gears. All necessary equations are derived and are implemented in the Maple worksheet which can simulate conjugate gear pairs.

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

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 Professionals
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 2:00 pm EST.

In this one-hour demonstration and Q&A forum, you will learn how Maple 12 combines the world’s most powerful mathematical computation engine with an intuitive user interface, a smart document environment that automatically captures all of your technical knowledge in an electronic form, and the ability to integrate with the rest of your tool chain.

Introduction to MapleSim: The Next Generation in Engineering Modeling and Simulation Thursday, January 22, 2009 2:00pm EST.

MapleSim builds on Maple’s extensive numeric and symbolic computational abilities to perform high speed simulations of very complex models. MapleSim offers a number of advantages over traditional systems: it has the ability to mix physical components and traditional blocks; model diagrams map directly to the physical system; it offers natural multi-domain modeling; advanced units management; live design documentation; automatic generation of system equations; and model simplification using symbolic techniques.

Optimization and Analysis Using Maple
Tuesday, January 27, 2009 2:00pm EST.

Many scientific and engineering applications have to obey tight performance tolerances. Initial designs are often sub-optimal, and to arrive at better operating conditions, manual iterative processes using, for example, calculators or spreadsheets are applied. This can take many hours, or even days. Often the solution obtained through such processes is still far from adequate. Over the last few decades, software tools boasting advanced nonlinear systems modeling and optimization algorithms have become significantly simpler to use, and no longer require specialized knowledge; this has accelerated the productivity of technical professionals across all domains. With Maple, you can take the result of over twenty-five years of continual investment in basic research and design to better model and optimize scientific and engineering designs in less time. This webinar will demonstrate, through several applications, how Maple provides an easy-to-use environment for advanced modeling and optimization.
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.
Control System Design With Maple & MapleSim
Thursday, January 29, 2009 2:00 pm EST.

In MapleSim, Maplesoft’s new high-performance multi-domain modeling and simulation tool, systems are described in a compact and intuitive component diagram, making them easier to build and understand. You can mix physical components from multiple domains with traditional, signal-flow blocks, allowing you to build both plant models and controller prototypes in one environment. With the cutting-edge physical modeling techniques in MapleSim, you simply re-create the system diagram on the screen and the equations of the model are automatically generated. MapleSim gives direct access to the complete Maple 12 system, including its intuitive user interface, technical documentation tools, extensive library of algorithms, and its new Dynamic Systems package, a collection of analytic and graphing tools for linear time-invariant systems, essential in control systems development. From simple and intuitive model entry to insightful and complex analysis, this webinar will illustrate how these tools allow you to assess the stability, controllability and sensitivity of your control system designs.

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