Newsletter for June 2007    
Welcome to the June 2007 Issue of the Maple Reporter!
The Maple Reporter provides all the latest news from Maplesoft, with articles highlighting new products, innovative application areas, tips and techniques, events, and much more.

This month’s issue highlights the new Streaming Video and RSS Feeds added to the Maplesoft Website.  In addition, check out the latest review of Maple, and two new demo movies – Clickable Calculus and
Real-Time Simulation of a Full-Vehicle Dynamic Model. Also, check out this month’s Tip & Techniques, and the new additions to the Maple Application Center.

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News & Announcements

In his review of Maple 11, Mike Hudspeth asserts, “if you do math, you can definitely use Maple 11”. He gives the new release an
A+ grade in ease of use, innovation and features.  Read the full review.


View this interactive demo movie to see how Maple and its add-on tools, DynaFlexPro and BlockBuilder model the dynamics of a vehicle. Then see the model simulated in real-time on a dSPACE system.


“Clickable Calculus” refers to Maple 11’s remarkable set of user-interface features that makes common mathematical operations as easy as pointing and clicking. View our new Demo movie to see how Maple’s new-generation user interface allows students and new users to become proficient with Maple without the burden of learning commands and their related syntax.



Maplesoft's RSS Feeds

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Other Feeds
Latest posts to:
Maplecast Podcast
New Application Center Applications
Latest Maplesoft News and Press Releases
Upcoming Webinars


Introducing Streaming Video by Maplesoft – Introduction to Maple 11
Maplesoft now has streaming video for demo movies. What is streaming video? Playing video immediately as it is downloaded from the Internet, rather than storing it in a file on the receiving computer first. The result is a higher quality video that you can start watching right away.

User Case Studies

Using Maple T.A Improves Final Test Results of Engineering Students        
Two years ago, the Polytechnical Institute of Noordelijke Hogeschool Leeuwarden in Holland (NHL) introduced a collection of online math exercises using Maple T.A. Since then, 95% of the engineering students who regularly evaluated their math knowledge with Maple T.A. online exercises passed with significant improvement in their final scores. 

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

Product Tips & Techniques

Maple Tip & Technique: Using Embedded Components
in Maple 11

Author: Maplesoft
Classroom Tip & Technique: Eigenvalue Problems for ODEs - Part 1
Author: Robert J. Lopez, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Maple Fellow, Maplesoft

Maple Adoption Program™

Take Advantage of our Special Maple 11 offers

Are you teaching with Maple?  
Looking to have a free HOME USE copy of Maple 11?
Would you like to save your students money on today’s leading Math Software?
Sign up your courses today for the Maple Adoption Program!

June Webinar Highlights

From Theory to Practice: Maple to Increase Insight and Efficiency in Engineering Education and Research
June 7, 2007
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Clickable Calculus: Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, and Vector Calculus
June 12, 2007
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

View Complete Schedule


Chautauqua Short Courses for College Teachers
June 6-8, 2007
Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI.
Pedagogy and Methodology of Using Maple in the Classroom

2007 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition
June 24-27, 2007
Honolulu, Hawaii
Riding the Wave to Excellence in Engineering Education

Los Alamos Labs Science & Technology Expo
June 28, 2007
Los Alamos, NM

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

See our Events page for other upcoming shows.


Thomson Engineering has incorporated Maple into two of their best selling publications: Engineering Mechanics: Statics, and Engineering Mechanics: Dynamics – Computational Edition(s) by Robert Soutas-Little, Daniel J. Inman, and Daniel S. Balint. The two texts focus on the conceptual understanding of mechanics but with a totally new method of presentation; using computational software to compliment the level of computer sophistication possessed by today’s engineering student.


Maplesoft Webinar Series

June 5, 2007 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
From Theory to Practice: Maple to Increase Insight and Efficiency in Engineering Education and Research June 7, 2007 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
June 12, 2007 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
Maple Connectivity Tools for Simulink®/MATLAB® June 19, 2007 at 2:00 PM - 3:00 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:

The Countdown Numbers Game
Dr. Samir H Khan

Rosalind Franklin's X-Ray Diffraction Photograph of DNA
Dr. Frank Wang

dot Fourier Series package
Mr. Karel Srot

Learning Calculus III from Examples
Dr. Jianzhong Wang

Calculus I Part 1: Limits, Derivatives, and Extrema
Dr. Jianzhong Wang

Series Solutions to Differential Equations
Prof. Carl Madigan



Dijkstras Shortest Path Algorithm
Jay Pedersen


Prime Implicants of Boolean Expression by Concensus Method
Jay Pedersen


Prof. Jack Weiner, May 8, 2007

In this episode, Tom Lee has an engaging conversation with Prof. Jack Weiner from the University of Guelph, about the impact of new math teaching tools and the appropriate use of emerging technology in the classroom. Jack is an award winning teacher and the author of "The Math Survival Kit”. Tom also sits down with Jan Bakus, a senior applications engineer at Maplesoft, to talk about BlockImporter and why someone in the simulation and modeling world should get excited about this new product. In addition, Stephanie Rozek, a marketing engineer at Maplesoft, joins us for the latest news. This episode is also fortified with outtakes.


This month, the members of MaplePrimes , Maplesoft’s online user community have turned their focus back onto themselves. There were two main threads discussing the activity of users on MaplePrimes. The first was started by JacquesC, who decided to start a thread tracking the Maple ranking of MaplePrimes users. This ranking is an indication of how active a user is on the website, more active users receive a special icon next to their name. The other thread was a discussion started by alec on the total number of posts made over time by users. Come join in the discussion yourself, visit MaplePrimes today.

Maplesoft in the Press

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

do u im + txt or r u 1 who dsnt?
Control Engineering, May 25, 2007
Tom Lee, vice president of market development at Maplesoft writes in this contributed article, “There is a huge technology divide in society, but it is not where you might think it is. This divide does not separate those who have computers and those who don’t. It’s instant messaging. ...Working in new media has been a great way to reignite the passion that brought me into engineering. The ability to explore and share the most interesting parts of our profession has not only been therapeutic, but it has contributed to our company’s overall customer service and promotional efforts.”

Predictive Modeling Targets Unexploded Ordnance Location
DesignFax Online, May 18, 2007
This article looks at the use of Maple and the Global Optimization Toolbox in solving the challenge of accurately locating and discriminating unexploded ordnance (explosives). “It was established that UXOMF provides the highest accuracy of UXO discrimination, and its usage has led to a reduced need to dig test holes.”

Tactile Culture

The Record, May 13, 2007 
This article covered Tom Lee’s presentation on China at a tech forum organized to help high-tech companies break into Asian Markets. “Lee said piracy is a huge problem in China, but there still are a large number of legitimate customers who are willing to pay for solid technology products...Companies need to develop market sensitive business practices, he said, which include regular phone calls rather than email messages, and trying local cuisine.”

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