ACADEMIC EDITION | January 2012 | Issue 1

Latest release marks the 10th anniversary of Maple T.A.

Maplesoft recently announced the launch of Maple T.A. 8, the newest version of it's popular testing and assessment platform. Maple T.A.™ was first released as a pilot project in 2002. Ten years later, Maple T.A. and the Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite continue the tradition of providing major advancements to help institutions offer high quality technical education to their students.

Adaptive questions in Maple T.A. 8 give instructors a powerful new tool to improve student comprehension. These questions allow for extra guidance if the student is having trouble, by walking the student through the problem one step at a time, allowing students to try a simpler version of the same question before retrying the original, or whatever the instructor feels is appropriate.  As a result, adaptive questions give students the opportunity to deepen their understanding without leaving the testing environment, while at the same time giving them partial credit for their efforts.

Maple T.A. 8 also provides a highly secure Proctored Browser, which reduces cheating by ensuring students stay inside the Maple T.A. environment until the test or assignment is completed. While using the Proctored Brower, students cannot access other web sites or programs on their computer.  Other security enhancements include the ability to require that Maple T.A. tests are taken from a specified list of IP addresses, to ensure students can take assignments only from approved computers or labs. These and other new Maple T.A. security features are also available in the Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite, for those institutions who want greater security in their placement testing process.

Maple T.A. is available through a variety of flexible licensing options, including a student purchase model in which Maplesoft looks after the set-up and maintenance of the server and students purchase access directly from Maplesoft.

For more information, click here. You can read more about Maple T.A., watch a video, and discover how other schools are benefiting from these products.

Maplesoft Events
February 1st - 3rd
Toulouse, France
February 15th-17th
Vienna, Austria
Workshop der ASIM/GI-Fachgruppen
February 23rd-24th
Wolfenbüttel, Germany
For further details about these events, click here.

Information Sheets
Maple T.A. 8 Brochure
Key Features of Maple T.A. 8

Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite Datasheet
Advantages of Using Maple T.A. and MAA Placement Test Suite

To access all Maplesoft Information sheets, click here.

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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory begins widespread adoption of Maplesoft technology

MapleSim and Maple to enhance modeling and simulation in space exploration projects

NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is implementing Maple, MapleSim, and MapleNet in its various projects. Whether creating America's first satellite, Explorer 1, sending the first robotic craft to the moon, or exploring the edges of the solar system, JPL has been at the forefront of pushing the limits of exploration.

Curiosity, JPL’s latest space rover, launched at the end of November, aims to explore Mars to investigate whether the planet could have ever supported microbial life. Current JPL projects include spacecraft missions to comets, asteroids and the edge of the solar system, as well as satellites that monitor the land, oceans, and atmosphere of our own planet.

Maplesoft products are expected to help JPL save time and reduce cost by providing more efficient and smarter methods for mathematical analysis, modeling, and simulation. Maplesoft solutions are built within a natively symbolic framework, avoiding some of the worst sources of error and computational inefficiencies generated by traditional, numeric-based tools – thus providing great tools for precision-rich projects such as those of JPL.

In addition to using Maple for advanced mathematical analysis, JPL will use MapleSim, Maplesoft’s high-performance physical modeling and simulation platform, as a key tool in its engineering workflow. MapleSim works in combination with Maple. It accesses Maple’s symbolic computation technology to efficiently handle all of the complex mathematics involved in the development of engineering models, including multi-domain systems, multibody systems, plant modeling, and control design.

To read the full press release, click here.


NASA Tech Briefs Webinar: High-Fidelity Physical Modeling for Aerospace Mechatronics Applications

The concepts of physical modeling have long been a key aspect of engineering in aerospace companies. Indeed, it was aerospace that pioneered new techniques in HIL (Hardware in the Loop) for testing control strategies. Understandably aerospace engineers from the commercial aircraft industry, national space agencies, and defence-oriented companies continually innovate their design strategies.

This webinar focuses on new modeling techniques and tools for rapidly creating high-fidelity plant models for advanced applications in areas such as space robotics, UA, flight control, and simulators. The techniques are founded on the use of symbolic computation techniques as a framework for efficient model equation formulation and model optimization.

In this webinar you will see how you can very quickly develop complex multibody and multi-domain plant models and produce real-time code and s-functions. The symbolic computation system Maple and the related modeling system MapleSim will be used to illustrate examples. The result is a dramatic decrease in the time to develop the model, without sacrificing fidelity or real-time performance. This webinar will consist of two parts:

  1. Introduction to fundamental symbolic techniques to model formulation. How to create efficient multibody plant models, generate real-time code, and perform complex analysis such as inverse kinematic equation derivation.
  2. Case studies including a gimbal model, a model of a quadrotor, and a planetary rover will be presented.

Video: Top 10 Reasons You Need Maple T.A.
  In this video, you’ll see 10 reasons why Maple T.A. is the best choice for your math, engineering, and science courses.
Gems 16-20 from the Red Book of Maple Magic
  These 'gems' are tricks and techniques for Maple that I've discovered in my years here at Maplesoft.
Classroom Tips and Techniques: An Undamped Coupled Oscillator
Author: Dr. Robert Lopez
Linear Algebra Example Generator
Author: Jeff Knisley
Street-fighting Math
Author: Dr. Robert Israel
Live Webinars
Featured: High-Fidelity Physical Modeling for Aerospace Mechatronics Applications
Tuesday, January 31 at 10:00 am ET
Clickable Calculus: Differentialgleichungen, Lineare Algebra und Vektoranalysis
Thursday, Februray 2nd at 15:00 (Berlin)
Clickable Calculus - Part #2 - Integral Calculus
Thursday, January 9th at 10:00 am ET

Educational Techniques for the Next Generation of Engineers
Thursday, January 16th at 10:00 am ET

Clickable Calculus”: équations différentielles, algèbre linéaire et calcul vectoriel
Thursday, February 23rd at 14:00 (Paris)
Hollywood Math
Wednesday, January 29th at 10:00 am ET
Recorded Webinars
Introduction to Maple T.A. 8
Introduction to Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite 8
New version aids students during testing
Electronic Products, January 4, 2012

The new version also provides a highly secure Proctored Browser, which reduces cheating by ensuring students stay inside the Maple T.A. environment until the test or assignment is completed. While using the Proctored Browser, students cannot access other web sites or programs on their computer.
Maplesoft offers testing and assessment software for technical education
The Engineer (UK), January 4, 2012

Maple T.A. 8 testing and assessment software from Maplesoft is designed for technical education and research, and aims to help instructors to improve students’ comprehension.
Slapshot robot aims to create game-changing hockey sticks
DesignFax, December 20, 2011

MapleSim played a critical role in the design and development of the SlapShot XT. MapleSim allowed Hockey Robotics to efficiently and accurately simulate the coupled dynamic electrical and mechanical behavior of the equipment.

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