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 Welcome to the Maple Reporter Academic Newsletter!
Newsletter for June 2008


News & Announcements

Maple 12 is the Mathematical Tool of Choice for Education

Maple 12 responds to the most common complaint of faculty who integrate software into the classroom – time is spent teaching the tool, not the concepts. With Maple 12, educators get a better way of engaging students so that they fully understand the materials they are being taught. 

The response we’ve received following last month’s release of Maple 12 has been amazing! “As always with Maple, this is a substantial and worthwhile advance with plenty to justify upgrade by any type of user.”
Felix Grant, Scientific Computing World

“Once again, Maplesoft delivers an outstanding product. With Maple 12, a simple click of the mouse allows you to solve problems, demonstrate your work, create presentations, and produce live math documents.”
Mario Lemelin, Science Teacher

If you’ve not yet had an opportunity to explore what’s new in Maple 12, take the Maple 12 tour and see the many ways that Maple 12 can enhance your teaching and research. To see Maple 12 in action, view a demonstration at the Maplesoft Demo Center .


Maple 12 Language Editions Increase Global Reach and Coverage of Software

Close on the heels of the announcement of the latest edition of its flagship product, Maple 12, Maplesoft has announced language editions of the product. European, Asian and South American languages are now available.

Streaming Video
Introduction to Maple 12 for Academics
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Product Tips & Techniques
Classroom Tips and Techniques: Notational Simplification with the alias Command
Author: Dr. Robert J Lopez

Maple Tips and Techniques: Using The Exploration Assistant
Author: Maplesoft

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

Application Center Highlights

Can a Square Roll?
Author: Jason Schattman
Can a square wheel roll as smoothly as a round one? It can if you give it the right road to roll on! In this exploration, we'll figure out what such a road would have to look like, both mathematically, visually and through animation.

Stability of a Fixed Point in a System of ODE
Author: Dr. Yasuyuki Nakamura

Mathematics Pre-test
Author: Prof. Mario Lemelin

Deformation of a Beam
Author: Harald Kammerer

Plotting of Polar Points
Author: Prof. P. M. Velez

Solution of a System of Differential Equations
Author: Dr. Yasuyuki Nakamura

Generating Slide Show Maplets
Author: Prof. Czeslaw Koscielny

Maplesoft Webinar Series

Featured Webinar from the Maplesoft e-Symposium Series
Now That Machines Do Math, What Do Teachers Teach?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008 12:00 pm EDT.  Register here.

More and more the manipulation in mathematics is done by a machine and users are forced into using their energy in design and interpretation vs. past energy that was spent on “working the problem” How does that change teaching? You have to create grey box experiences that prepare students to work in a black box world.

For example, in finance, students need to construct and see loan payments in action (a grey box experience) to better understand the black box results of PMT keys. In Science, playing with the recursive derivations of solutions (a grey box experience) best instills understanding estimates and prepares one for a career built upon using the “SOLVE” key. Faculty mistakenly think that the laborious derivation of formulas (a white box experience) prepares one for a computer based world. The heart of this seminar is defining grey box experiences. Dr. John Kenelly, Alumni Distinguished Professor at Clemson University and Treasurer of the Mathematical Association of America, argues that classroom grey box experiences are the new challenge.


Introduction to Maple 12 for Academics
Wednesday, June 11, 2008 2:00 pm EDT.  Register here.
Thursday, June 26, 2008 2:00 pm EDT.  Register here.

Maple 12’s unique blend of computational power and ease-of-use makes it an essential tool for mathematics and modeling. Its smart document environment provides revolutionary Clickable Calculus™ and Clickable Engineering™ techniques for solving problems from any technical discipline, ensuring that students are instantly productive and engaged. The results can be incorporated in rich, interactive, live documents that are as professional-looking as a textbook.

In this one-hour demonstration and Q&A forum, you will learn how Maple 12 is redefining math education and opening new horizons in technical research. By taking advantage of such features as interactive tutors, context-sensitive menus, expanded mathematical capabilities, and the new Exploration Assistant, see how teachers can bring complex problems to life, students can focus on concepts rather than the mechanics of solutions, and researchers can develop more sophisticated algorithms or models.


Introduction to Maple 12 for Control Engineers

Thursday, June 12, 2008 2:00 pm EDT.  Register here.

As well as presenting a general introduction to Maple 12, this webinar will, by the use of introductory and more complex examples, demonstrate Maple’s ability to work with Controls Engineering problems. Maple 12’s new Dynamic Systems package offers a large selection of analytic and graphing tools for linear time-invariant systems, which are essential in control systems development. This session is designed for both those in industry and academia.


Clickable Engineering Math: Part 2 – Interactive Engineering Problem Solving

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 2:00 pm EDT.  Register here.

Maplesoft’s “Clickable Calculus” has introduced an exciting new dimension in calculus education. The idea of powerful mathematics, delivered through very visual, interactive, point and click methods, is spawning a new generation of teaching and learning techniques in mathematics. “Clickable Engineering Math” continues this philosophy into the applied sciences.

In Part 2 of this two-part Webinar, Dr. Robert Lopez explores exact and approximate solutions of a damped oscillator driven by a saw-tooth input; convolution; the Lagrange multiplier technique; temperatures in the exterior wall of a house; and the root locus. He will show how the discursive treatments of these calculations taken from his Advanced Engineering Mathematics ebook can be adapted to the new interface tools in Maple.

Introduction to Maple 12 – In German!
17.06.08 um 14 Uhr
18.06.08 um 14 Uhr
Scientific Computers bietet zum erfolgreichen Launch von Maple 12 mehrere Webinare zur Anwendung von Maple, sowie zu speziellen Themen und Toolboxen an.


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

Math & Modeling Made Simpler
Automotive Design and Production, May 30, 2008

Maple's direct connectivity to CAD is a popular feature in this latest edition

Mathematics, Simulation and Modeling - Maple 12
Scientific Computing World, May 23, 2008

Scientific Computing World takes a close look at Maple 12. Felix Grant, the reviewer, says Maple 12 is continuing the direction of “developing intuitive usability as well as power”

Groundbreaking Analysis Tool Now with CAD Connectivity
ConnectPress – Inventor Connections, May 7, 2008

The CAD community has much to explore with Maple's new feature that enables direct connectivity with CAD systems

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


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Maplesoft Events

2008 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition
June 22 – 25, 2008
Pittsburgh, PA

Teaching and Doing Mathematics with Maple
August 11 - 15, 2008
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC

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