Newsletter for June 2006    
Welcome to the June 2006 Issue of the Maple Reporter!
We aim to keep you up-to-date on the latest news from Maplesoft, with articles highlighting new products, innovative application areas, tips and techniques, events and much more.

This month’s issue features news about Maple 10 support for the Intel-based Mac platform; and we’ve also compiled the results of the Engineering and Scientific Calculation Tool survey.   Also, check out this month’s Tips & Techniques as well as the latest MapleCast episodes, and more.

We hope you find this month’s issue an enjoyable and informative read. We have many more exciting developments in the works at Maplesoft and we look forward to sharing them with you in the future.
News & Announcements

Maplesoft’s Engineering and Scientific Calculation Tool Survey Results Are In Results were drawn from an extensive, international survey Maplesoft conducted of scientists, engineers and researchers across a variety of markets, including aerospace, automotive, electronics, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, life sciences, finance and education. With more than 2000 participants, the survey offers unprecedented insight into the daily practices, experiences and perceptions of the engineering community. Click here to read a full report of the survey findings.

Maple 10 Now Supported on the Mac-Intel Platform With the availability of a port that allows Maple 10 to run natively on new Mac models that feature Intel Core processors, Maple users operating on the Mac-Intel platform will benefit from significantly reduced start-up times, improved speed in rendering 2-D mathematics, and real-time 3-D plot manipulation that is both faster and smoother. All of the capabilities of Maple are fully supported, affording Mac-Intel users access to all of the same features that PowerPC-based Mac users enjoy.

Maplesoft-MAA Placement Test Suite Makes Traditional Placement Tests a Thing of The Past Launched this February, the Maplesoft-MAA Placement Test Suite has seen a strong early acceptance by many colleges and universities. Academic institutions are looking for a solution to help them place students related to course specific skills. The Placement Test Suite allows them to do that with the 6 different testing subjects. This fall 4000 students will be tested using the Maplesoft-MAA Placement Test Suite at various 2-year and 4-year academic institutions throughout the United States. The Placement Test Suite gives academic institutions the ability to provide MAA placement tests over the Internet, which allows easy administration, instant results, and flexible scheduling for incoming students. Institutions are judged by the success of their students, not by enrollment, a good placement test is vital to that success! Learn more about the Placement Test Suite.

Get Your Free Copy of the Units Poster Today! Throughout history, units have been based on properties that people experience in their everyday lives – for example lengths of body parts, cycles of the earth, harvested grain, and beer and wine production. This poster examines how these evolved into the units used today, and how the modernization of the study of units has led to the establishment of standard measures that are accepted throughout the world.  Click here to order your free copy.

Since last month we’ve released two more MapleCast episodes.

May 17th, 2006 - Episode 2: Building Blocks of Space
In this program Tom Lee interviews Dr. Dick Gran about designing fail-safe systems for the lunar module and other components of the Apollo space program; how our use of math has changed with the newest generation computers and software; and his first thoughts about using Maplesoft's new product BlockBuilder. Maplesoft product director Paul Goossens gives a detailed look at Blockbuilder for Simulink, and we dish out some of the latest math news as well as answer some more email questions.

May 31st, 2006 - Episode 3: Making the Grade
In this episode Tom Lee interviews Dr. John Kenelly about the standardized placement testing for incoming college students, about the new partnership between the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and Maplesoft to produce fully automated and statistically rigorous placement tests; and how computers and software like Maple and Maple T.A. have changed the way we learn and do mathematics. Eithne Murray drops by again to talk about help and tutorial resources in Maple; we also have some math news and then provide some answers to questions received in our mailbox.

Maple Adoption Program™

Register your summer courses today!

The Maple Adoption Program has become more streamlined and now includes online registration and the option to download Maple 10 or receive the shipped version. The Student Edition has now been equipped with the with the Pre-Calculus Study Guide, Calculus Study Guide and Clickable Calculus online demo at no additional charge.

Sign up today

Get started and register your summer courses today! Complete program information and electronic registration can be found at

Product Tips and Techniques

Maple T.A. Tips and Techniques – Creating Questions That Have Multiple Parts
Author: Maplesoft

Classroom Tips & Techniques: Integration by Parts in Maple
Author: Robert J. Lopez, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Maple Fellow, Maplesoft

Maple Tip & Technique: Quick Calculations using the Maple Graphing Calculator
Author: Maplesoft

For more details, visit

Maple Conference 2006 Poster Now Available

Download PDFs of the official conference poster. Two versions are available: large 11x17, standard 8.5x11, and standard A4. Post and pass on to your colleagues!

Maple Books:

Maple: Programming, Physical and Engineering Problems,
Victor Aladjav; Marijonas Bogdevicius, 2006, English

If you are publishing a paper or writing a book related to Maple, we can help you! Please send your comments to

Mapleprimes logo

Maple Primes Community Site Update

MaplePrimes, Maplesoft’s online user community is a great way to share your Maple applications. The site allows you to upload Maple worksheets that users can either download to use on their computers or use online through MapleNet. An example of an application which has been shared online is MapleStudio, created by JanE. This application lets you create complex two or three-dimensional plots with a simple, point and click interface. You may use the application right in your web browser by clicking on this link. If you have an application that you would like to share, or if you would like to see what other Maple users are creating, visit MaplePrimes today.


C2ES—Douglas Stewart Conference
June 8-11, 2006
Madison, Wisconsin
Click here for details.

ACC—American Control Conference
June 14-16, 2006
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Click here for details.

ASEE—American Society for Engineering Education
June 18-21, 2006
Chicago, Illinois
Click here for details.

Scientific Day 2006 Virtual Development
June 29, 2006
Fribourg, Switzerland
Click here for details.

See our Events page for other upcoming shows.

Maplesoft Seminar Series
Maplesoft’s monthly web seminars provide an excellent opportunity for you to learn about interesting applications, new techniques, and upcoming products. Hosted live by senior Maplesoft product experts, these 1 hour interactive sessions offer the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the presenter. Whether you are a seasoned Maple user, or someone looking to find out what Maple is all about, this seminar series will offer an opportunity to learn something new and interesting.

Tuesday June 6th, 2006, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT -
Introduction to Maple 10
Thursday June 9th & Monday June 26th, 2006, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT -
Maplesoft Solutions for Engineering Research and Education
Wednesday June 14th, 2006, 8:00 - 9:00 am EDT -
System modeling with Maple
Thursday June 15th, 2006, 8:00 - 9:00 am EDT -
La modélisation système avec Maple
Thursday June 22nd, 2006, 2:00 - 4:00 pm EDT
Modeling and Simulating Multibody Mechanical Systems using DynaFlexPro and BlockBuilder for Simulink

Application Center Highlights

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

Finite Discrete Signal Manipulation Tutorial
Mr. Rahidzab Talib
Révisions d'Analyse
Prof. Sebastien Kernivinen

Déterminant de Cauchy - Centralisateur d'une
Prof. Sebastien Kernivinen

Torricelli’s Law
Prof. David Macias
Fractal Teapot from Utah
Wieslaw Kotarski
Fractal Rendering of 3D Patches
Wieslaw Kotarski
Finite Trigonometric Representation of Legendre Polynomials by Cosine Polynomials
Mr. Konstantine R. Ninidze
The Paraboloid, a Case Study
Prof. David Macias
The Average Approximating Method on Functional Adjustment Quantity
Dr. Co Hong Tran
Numerical and Graphical Solutions of Duffing Equation
Dr. Co Hong Tran
A Maple Package for Computation with Differential Forms
Mr. John Fredsted
Demonstrating Soliton Interactions using 'pdsolve'
Dr. Frank Wang

Maplesoft in the Press

Maplesoft continues to receive much press. Recently there has been coverage in Cadalyst Newsline and in regional newspapers about the launch of MapleCasts.  There was also coverage in Control Engineering Magazine about BlockBuilder for Simulink.   And another piece in Cadalyst magazine also covered the Engineering Survey results.

Cadalyst, May 2006
Survey: Engineers, Scientists Still Rely On Hand Calculations
“Maplesoft reports that mathematical work is still often performed with paper and pencil.”
“On a daily basis, respondents turn to scratch pads and calculators more frequently than any other tool for mathematical tasks. The same survey also revealed this community largely considers its field of work and study as both modern and taking full advantage of modern tools and technology.”
Control Engineering, May 2006
Mathematical modeling environment
“BlockBuilder for Simulink mathematical modeling environment offers automated export to Simulink. Software is said to enable engineers to save time and reduce the risk of error in model-based design of dynamic systems. It lets users develop ideas from initial concepts to high-fidelity physical models and automatically generate Simulink SFunction blocks.”
The Record, May 6, 2006
Maplesoft tries ‘soft sell’ with podcast launch
"The podcasts, called Maplecasts, are geared to users of Maplesoft's software, a community of mathematicians, scientists and engineers estimated to number one to two million worldwide.”
“This company has a lot of stories that need to be told,” says Tom Lee, the Maplesoft executive who is the host and interviewer on the podcasts. “A lot of people really don’t know what kind of impact this company has had on the world. We have sort of changed the way math is done.”
Cadalyst Newsline, May 2006
Maplesoft Launches Podcast Series
“Maplesoft, a provider of engineering software, has made available a podcast series called MapleCasts. The series includes technical tips for Maplesoft products as well as interviews with notable personalities.”

In addition to this article, check out the Press Coverage area for all the latest coverage on Maplesoft.
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