Newsletter for July 2007    
Welcome to the July 2007 Issue of the Maple Reporter!

This month’s issue highlights the release of Maple 11 Windows Vista Support and the release of Maple T.A. 3.0, the latest release of the Web-based testing and assessment system.  In addition, check out the new Teacher Resource Center and Welcome Center. Don’t  miss this month’s Tip & Techniques, and the latest additions to the Maple Application Center.

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News & Announcements

Maple 11 is now compatible with Microsoft’s new Windows Vista Operating System. Maple 11 users can download the free update by visiting,

Maple T.A. 3.0 is Now Shipping!
Maple T.A. 3.0 is an easy-to-use web-based system for creating tests and assignments, automatically assessing student responses and performance is now available for purchase.

The new edition features increased flexibility in content creation, an enhanced user interface, and improved grading and assessment capabilities. It supports complex, free-form entry of mathematical equations and intelligent evaluation of responses, making it the only system designed for mathematics, science, or any course requiring mathematics.

Discover the New Features of Maple T.A. 3.0.
View a Demo Movie


Maplesoft Introduces New Teacher Resource Center
This site is designed to ensure you get the most out of your Maple teaching experience. It provides sample applications, course material, training, and best practices. Many of the highlighted examples and applications are taken from topics in Calculus and Precalculus, though the techniques can be applied to a wide variety of subjects.

New Maplesoft Welcome Center
Whether you are new to the Maplesoft community, or have just renewed a long held Maple license, the Welcome Center is your one stop location that pulls together the very best of our user resources including; support, free training videos, product documentation, and much more.

User Stories
Maple helps Ford Motor Company with analytical predictions of chain drive system resonances

Incessant noise and vibration in chain drive systems was a constant concern at Ford Motor Company. The Ford team took on the challenge of analytically predicting chain drive system resonance based on the assumption that existence of chain resonances can amplify the radiated chain meshing noise. To help deal with the complex calculations and analysis involved in developing advanced mathematical models, Ford used the mathematical software Maple.

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July Webinar Highlights

Derive to Deploy: Five Ways to Accelerate your Engineering Design Process
July 26, 2007 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Clickable Calculus: Pre-Calculus, and Calculus of one and Several Variables
July 31, 2007 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

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2007 American Control Conference
Marriott Marquis Hotel at Times Square
New York City, USA
July 11-13, 2007

MathFest  2007
The Fairmont San Jose
San Jose, California
August 3-5, 2007

AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit
Marriott Hilton Head Beach and Golf Resort
Hilton Head, South Carolina

August 20-23, 2007

See our Events page for other upcoming shows.

Use of Maple optimizes financial modeling at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International plc

Maple has been used for many years at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International (MUSI), a large investment bank headquartered in London, England.  Igor Hlivka, Co-Head of the Quantitative Analytics Group at MUSI, has been using the package for the last 10 years at various stages of financial product modeling, design, prototyping, and implementation.  Hlivka has been working with Maple predominantly in derivative product modeling and development where he relies heavily on Maple’s symbolic engine and refined numerical routines to assist him in complex modeling tasks.

To read this user story or others visit Maplesoft User Case Studies.

Maplesoft Streaming Video

Streaming Video Webinar: Clickable Calculus
Clickable Math refers to Maple 11’s remarkable set of user-interface features that makes common mathematical operations as easy as pointing and clicking. This session will demonstrate the potential of Clickable Calculus to enrich the mathematical experience by solving a spectrum of standard (and not-so-standard) calculus problems.

Product Tips & Techniques

Maple Tip & Technique: Using the Back-Solving Assistant in Maple 11
Author: Maplesoft
Classroom Tip & Technique: Eigenvalue Problems for ODEs - Part 2
Author: Robert J. Lopez, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Maple Fellow, Maplesoft

Maple T.A. Tip & Technique: Formatting Questions in Maple T.A. 3.0
Author: Maplesoft

Maplesoft Webinar Series

July 17, 2007 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT
July 17, 2007 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
July 19, 2007 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Derive to Deploy: Five Ways to Accelerate your Engineering Design Process arrow July 26, 2007 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
July 31, 2007 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
dot August 1, 2007 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
dot August 14, 2007 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
dot August 23, 2007 - 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM EDT
dot August 23, 2007 -  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
dot August 29, 2007 -  2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
dot August 29, 2007 -  9:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT

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.


The Maple Application Center has received the following new applications over the last month:

Quantum Scattering by the One-Dimensional Potential Barrier in Maple
Author: Dr. Alexei V. Tikhonenko

Tensors of Relativistic Electrodynamics with Maple
Author: Dr. Alexei V. Tikhonenko

Tensor Algebra in the Four-Dimensional Pseudo-Euclidean Space-Time
Author: Dr. Alexei V. Tikhonenko

Two-Dimensional Partial Elliptic Differential Equations in Maple
Author: Dr. Alexei V. Tikhonenko


Ensemble de Mandelbrot
Author: Prof. Samir KADDOURI


Three Amigos
Tom Lee takes some time to chat with three students working at Maplesoft for the summer. Laura Bradbury and Elyot Grant are both students at the University of Waterloo, respectively studying Computational Mathematics and Computer Science/Mathematics. Zach Daly is a Mathematics major at the University of Guelph. They discuss their opinions and experiences of using Maple in the student paradigm, and offer ideas for other students just starting out with Maple. Eithne Murray joins Tom to discuss Maple’s offerings and resources for students, and as always the latest news is covered, including information on the release of Vista-compatible Maple.


MaplePrimes, Maplesoft’s online user community, is a great place to come and learn about Maple from both other Maple users and from Maple developers. Last month, Maplesoft developer Paulina Chin posted several great entries to her blog that discuss plotting and working with 2-D math. Also, Jay Pederson, a college student posted several entries to his blog discussing the logic of rolling a pair of dice. Both authors are continuing to publish interesting articles every several days. Come visit MaplePrimes to see what interesting things you can learn about Maple today.

Maplesoft in the Press

Here are some highlights of this past month’s press coverage.

Mathematics and More
IEEE Spectrum, June 2007

IEEE Spectrum highlights the new features of Maple 11 in a product review.  The reviewer states, “Together with the graphical interface introduced in the previous version, these changes make Maple easier on the eyes and more user-friendly.”

Generate Efficient Vehicle Dynamic Models - Right Down to the Tires
Automotive Design Line, June 2007
A 2-part article by Automotive Design Line discusses the use of DynaFlexPro to develop dynamic models of the John Deere Timberjack Grapple Skidder articulated-steer forestry vehicle and the Chevy Equinox sports utility vehicle.

Software can do in minutes what you did in days
Design Product News, June 2007
Tom Lee writes that using high end math software can save engineers significant amount of time. Unlike spreadsheets and other common engineering number-crunching tools, the high-end math systems can directly manage the algebra symbolically and keep all of the math in order.”

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