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Newsletter for July 2009

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Maple T.A. 5.0 is now available!

Maple T.A. is an easy-to-use web-based system for creating tests and assignments, automatically assessing student responses and performance. It supports complex, free-form entry of mathematical equations and intelligent evaluation of responses, making it ideal for mathematics, science, or any course that requires mathematics.

Maple T.A. 5.0, the newest version of Maple T.A.,includes a completely new question management model which provides increased flexibility when organizing questions. This new model also provides greatly improved performance when loading and saving questions, and an extremely simple process for sharing content with colleagues. With improved organization, searching, performance, and question sharing, instructors can assemble assignments more quickly and reuse questions more effectively.

Other enhancements include a new system administration interface makes it easier to set up and monitor Maple T.A. and support for Blackboard Vista (formerly WebCT). For the full list of new features, see What’s New in Maple T.A. 5.0.

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NSERC-Toyota-Maplesoft Industrial Research Chair in Mathematics-Based Modeling and Design announced

Maplesoft recently announced a partnership with the Universty of Waterloo, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and Toyota Corporation, that will produce new methods for modeling physical systems. The Industrial Research Chair is being granted to Dr. John McPhee, from the Department of Systems Design Engineering at the University of Waterloo, and Executive Director of the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR). Dr. John McPhee and his team will collaborate with experts at Maplesoft and Toyota to develop math-based models and computer simulations, with a focus on automotive applications.

To read the full article, click here.


MapleSim 2 and Maple 13 language editions announced

Maplesoft™ announced that the recently released products MapleSim™ 2 and Maple™ 13 are now available in several languages. These products are based on Maplesoft’s core technologies, which include the world’s most advanced symbolic computation engine and revolutionary physical modeling techniques.

For Japanese customers, Maplesoft has released Japanese editions of both MapleSim and Maple. In addition, Maple 13 language packs are now available in French, Greek, Spanish, Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Korean.

“In today’s challenging times, tools that provide speed and efficiency are extremely critical,” said Jim Cooper, president and CEO of Maplesoft. “Couple MapleSim and Maple’s technology superiority with the advantage of localized language editions, and the advantages of these products become multi-fold. Engineers, researchers, and teachers in various countries have easy access to the power of these cutting-edge tools for design, modeling, and high-performance simulation.”

“Maplesoft has always responded to the needs of local markets with language editions and we see it as one of their key attributes,” said Yoichi Mizoguchi, board member and general manager at Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd., Maplesoft’s partner in Japan. “Maplesoft users in different countries use these products to solve difficult problems, gain better insights, and achieve better performance.”

For pricing information, contact your regional reseller.


Enthusiastic and Positive Global Adoption of MapleSim Beats Expectations

Maplesoft's recently released modeling and simulation software, MapleSim, has received tremendous response from around the world. Close to 500 licenses have been sold in the six months since its release in December 2008. After a successful pilot testing period, MapleSim adoption has been swift and far-reaching.

“MapleSim saved me many hours of work because the model maps onto the topology of the physical system and the dynamic equations do not have to be developed by hand,” said Dr. Richard Gran, president and CEO of The Mathematical Analysis Company, and an early user of MapleSim. “MapleSim converts a painstaking and laborious process into one that is simple and enjoyable.” Dr. Gran used MapleSim to rapidly develop a model of an eight-room house to investigate a new home heating system controller.

MapleSim has received several accolades from engineers, researchers, instructors, and the media. In a review of the product for IEEE Spectrum magazine, software reviewer Ken Foster writes, “MapleSim has a lot in common with MathWorks®’ Simulink®, but, interestingly, it works by finding the differential equations for a system, which Maple simplifies analytically before solving. This process is potentially faster and more accurate than Simulink®’s purely numerical approach.”

To read the full article, click here.

3-D Hall Sensor Algorithm Developed in Maple Produces a More Efficient Washing Machine Design

Dr. Frank Allmendinger leads a research and development project team at Marquardt GmbH, a German company that develops and manufactures switches and switching systems. Over the last three years, his team designed an innovative three-dimensional load and imbalance sensor, which is used in a new washing machine model from a well-known company in the "white goods" sector.

The Marquardt group used Maple™ in this project. Dr. Allmendinger found Maple to be an invaluable tool, allowing him to work on complex problems such as modeling the magnetic fields, estimating the allowed tolerances for the magnet, and determining whether the tilt of the 3-D-Hall-Sensor module was within a very small tolerance of approximately two degrees.

To read the full article, 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.

My Son’s First Calculator
I was fully expecting to write Part 2 of my postcard from China when a life-changing event interrupted my creative processes. Read More>>

Sky Rockets in Flight, Afternoon Delight
It wasn’t that long ago that people were thinking that personal rocket jetpacks would be a reasonable means of transportation. Unfortunately, we’re still a bit of a ways off on that dream. That being said, we can still do a lot of cool things with rockets. Read More>>

The Changing Face of Technology
Ever since I filled out my university application papers, I’ve been faced with the cocktail party question, “So, why did you decide to study engineering?” Read More>>

Postcard From the Road: Keeping Austin Weird...
“Keep Austin weird” is probably the best civic slogan I have ever encountered. Austin, Texas is one of the most charming cities in the US. Read More>>
Notes from Stuttgart
Last week was rather crazy…Monday afternoon, I’m sitting in a canoe on a beautiful lake in the wilds of Ontario…Tuesday morning, I’m in Stuttgart for the Vehicle Dynamics Expo to introduce MapleSim 2... Read More>>
The Calculus of Teaching
A few weeks ago I made a short trip down to Lincroft, New Jersey, to deliver a Maple training course to a group of math professors at Brookdale Community College. I’d been to Manhattan before, but never New Jersey, and didn’t really know what to expect. Read More>>

To see all Maplesoft blog posts, click here.


Application Briefs

A Novel Approach to Stabilize the Re-Entry Path of a Space Shuttle
Stability and robustness are fundamental design requirements of any control system. Consequently, stability analysis is a vital stage in the design and development process of a control system. Read More>>

To see all Application Briefs, click here.


Product Tips & Techniques

Classroom Tips and Techniques: Jordan Normal Form of a Matrix
Author: Dr. Robert J Lopez

MapleSim Tips and Techniques: Cooling a Solid with a Cold Air Stream with MapleSim and Maple
Author: Maplesoft
Maple Tips and Techniques: Point-and-Click Tools for Control Systems Design
Author: Maplesoft

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

Application Center Highlights
Sudoku Solver
Author: Sebastián Varas Kittel
Normality for Empirical Stock Returns
Author:Marcus Davidsson
The Representation Triangle for a Three Candidate Election with Procedure Line and Approval Voting Region
Authors: Dr. Joseph Kolacinski
Ashley Althouse

d-dimensional Spherical Surface Harmonics (d >=3)
Authors: Dr. Thomas Wieder

To access the Maplesoft Application Center, click here.

Maplesoft Webinar Series

Introduction to Maple T.A. 5.0
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 2:00 pm ET.

Maple T.A. 5.0, the newest version of Maplesoft's web-based testing and assessment system offers a wide variety of enhancements and new features including a completely new question management model, a new interface to simplify system administration, and expanded connectivity supporting Blackboard® Vista.

Join us in this interactive presentation as we show how, with access to the full computation power of Maple 13, Maple T.A. 5.0 is the strongest version of Maple T.A. yet!

What's New with Maple T.A. 5.0
Wednesday, July 22, 2009 2:00 pm ET.


If you are already familiar with Maple T.A. but would like to learn more about the newest features available in Maple T.A. 5.0, this webinar is for you! In this session we will focus largely on the new question management model, which will provide instructors with greater options including greater control over available information, improved search capabilities, and access to earlier versions.

Getting Started with Maple 13 Academic for Evaluators
Thursday, July 30, 2009 2:00 pm ET.


Now that you’ve received your evaluation copy of Maple 13 Academic, you may be wondering what you can do with it! This webinar, presented by Dr. Robert Lopez, Maple Fellow and Emeritus Professor from the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, will provide you with tips and techniques that will help you get started with Maple 13. Dr. Lopez is an award winning educator in mathematics and is the author of several books. For over a decade, Dr. Lopez has also been a visionary figure in the introduction of math technology into undergraduate education.

In this 60 minute webinar, Dr. Lopez will show you how to begin using your evaluation copy of Maple 13, a powerful general purpose math tool designed to provide an environment for educators and students to explore and 'do' math. Used creatively, Maple 13 can help students learn better and faster. It can illuminate theory, clarify the abstract and give form and substance to general principles.

If you’ve already received an evaluation copy of Maple 13 Academic, register now. If you would like to receive an evaluation copy of Maple 13, please click here

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.


Maplesoft In The Press

Here are some highlights of this past month press coverage.

Maplesoft: Winner of the 2009 Omond Solandt Award
CORS-SCRO Bulletin, June 27, 2009

Maplesoft was presented with this award for "exceptional contribution to operational research and development of innovative and revolutionary mathematical software systems."

15 Ways to cut cost
IVT International, June 12, 2009

Maplesoft's modeling and simulation tool, MapleSim, helps companies to cut costs in these difficult times.

Math, Modeling and Simulation – MapleSim
Design Product News, June 12, 2009

This magazine showcases the best of MapleSim’s 3D visualization and animation feature through a combination of videos.

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

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