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Newsletter for June 2009

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Maple 13 & MapleSim 2 Launch

The response we've received since the launch of Maple 13 and MapleSim 2 has been amazing!

Maple’s interactive interface helps students learn faster. It contains an easy-to-understand description of the syntax, with a wide array of examples that instantly clarify the concepts described therein. Professor Roger Kraft, Purdue University

Even a cursory reading of the examples in the Getting Started Guide (in Maple) will demonstrate the lengths that the developers have gone through to assist the novice with every imaginable task. .. I was able to solve many frustrating problems within minutes by using the full range of supports…. Did I neglect to mention that Maple does much more than fancy graphics? The lie algebras section under Differential Geometry was breathtaking (I know I was choked up!). From the new user roadmap to the minutiae of theoretical mathematics, it’s all here. Scientific Computing and Instrumentation

MapleSim is fantastic. Its representation looks better. Students and scientists alike are more at home with the acausal representation of a circuit, and find it easier to pick up. Dr. Stephen Lynch, Professor, Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK

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Webinar with the SAE: What Are the Key Next Steps in Engineering Modeling and Simulation?

Wednesday June 24, 2009 - 11:30 am ET

The task of effective modeling, simulation, or control has become complex and in many cases unwieldy. Whether it is multi-domain modeling, or high-performance real-time simulation for control applications, systems have become more sophisticated and requirements more stringent. Consequently, many engineers are evaluating the way they have been doing things and exploring possibilities for alternate approaches. This webinar presents two complementary perspectives on this critical issue: the application perspective and the computational perspective.

Joe Steiber, a Principal Engineer at the Southwest Research Institute in Texas, is currently engaged in a range of difficult modeling projects for tomorrow’s car. Challenges such as achieving sufficient computational speed, or how to reconcile empirical data with physical models, or how to increase model fidelity, are examples of the kinds of complex challenges that he and his colleagues must resolve. He will provide the audience of this webinar with insight into the nature of modern modeling challenges, including specific examples from various current projects, and some thoughts on where effective solutions may lie.

Dr. Tom Lee, Chief Evangelist at Maplesoft, and mechanical engineer by background, will offer his thoughts on how the computing industry is currently responding to emerging challenges. In the areas of dynamic simulation and control, the computing framework is literally decades old and is currently being supplemented with a new generation of modeling tools better adept at dealing with the scientific advancements and more complex mathematics of today. He will offer an historical and a contemporary survey as well as a roadmap for the near future of engineering modeling tools.

Maplesoft wins the 2009 Osmond Soland Award for outstanding contribution to operational research in Canada

Recently, Maplesoft received outstanding recognition for innovative and breakthrough research from the Canadian Operational Research Society (CORS). The 2009 Omond Solandt Award recognizes Maplesoft’s exceptional contribution to operational research and development of innovative and revolutionary mathematical software systems. The Omond Solandt Award is presented by CORS to an organization, private or governmental, that is deemed to have made an outstanding contribution to Operational Research in Canada.

Receiving the award on behalf of Maplesoft, Paul DeMarco, Director, Core Technologies, said, “Maplesoft is honored to be the recipient of the 2009 Omond Solandt award. We salute CORS for the leadership role it takes in the advancement of both the theory and the practice of Operational Research.  Our products continue to evolve and improve, and awards like this validate that our technology has a substantial impact on users.”



Maplesoft Blog Posts
Find out what's happening at the heart of Maplesoft, and provide your comments and feedback to the Maplesoft experts.

So a door slammed shut on me...
A few mornings ago, I drove to the office, bleary-eyed and still waiting for my first liter of coffee to kick in. Read More>>

The Great Shrinker
A Boston-area comedian by the name of Steven Wright used to say, “It’s a small world, but I wouldn’t want to have to paint it.”  Well, that tells you more about my sense of humor than about geography, but it’s true – it is a small world.  And it’s getting smaller and smaller. Read More>>

Postcard from the road: China... third time's a charm
The great Chinese philosopher Laozi (aka Lao-tzu) once remarked that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. With my recent business trip to China, I feel that I have a blog posting of a thousand miles ready to burst onto my keyboard... Read More>>

Lucky 13?
The Canadian Press reported last week the fortune of 13 women working on the 13th floor of an Edmonton bank tower winning a $50-million lottery jackpot. Combine this with the recently released version 13 of Maple and one might claim that notorious number 13's luck is changing.
Read More>>
Spring is in the Air
For me, spring in my town is not defined by the temperature or amount of sunshine. It’s defined, oddly enough, by robots…. Read More>>
Maple helps create popularity scores!
I used Maple to take these statistics and create a function that will calculate a popularity score...Read More>>

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Application Briefs

Accessing the accuracy of a rocket's trajectory through space
Since the goal of a rocket is to arrive at a particular destination point at a particular moment in time, understanding the trajectory the rocket will follow is an essential aspect of rocket design. Read More>>

To see all Application Briefs, click here.


Product Tips & Techniques

Classroom Tips and Techniques: Point-and-Click Access to the Differential Operators of Vector Calculus
Author: Dr. Robert J Lopez

Maple Tips and Techniques: Using the New Fly-Through Feature in Maple 13
Author: Maplesoft

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

Application Center Highlights
Constant Delay Differential Equations and the Method of Steps
Author: Dr. Leigh C. Becker
Karush Khun Tucker (KKT)
Author:Nicolas Palma
The Bellman-Ford Algorithm
Author: Marcus Davidsson

To access the Maplesoft Application Center, click here.

Maplesoft Webinar Series

Symbolic Computing Using the Maple Toolbox for MATLAB®
Friday, June 19, 2009 2:00 pm ET.

Many users rely on the world’s best symbolic computation engine, Maple, for their critical day-to-day work. With access to the Maple symbolic engine, formulating robust solutions is easier and faster than with numeric computation alone, enabling you to obtain highly accurate results.

Maple is unique in delivering greater depth and breadth of computational abilities and superior performance in power, speed, and scalability. Maple’s integration of special functions, advanced differential equation solvers, tools for solving systems of equations and a wide variety of built-in packages such as Optimization, Statistics, and Dynamic Systems allow you to extend your solutions well beyond the scope of traditional symbolic computing tools.

The Maple Toolbox for MATLAB® is a technical computing solution that is tightly integrated with MATLAB®, providing direct access to all the commands, variables, and functions of each product while working in either environment.

In this webinar and Q&A session, you will see:

  • How the Maple Toolbox for MATLAB® creates seamless interoperability between Maple and MATLAB®, making it easy to work in either environment
  • How you can leverage the extensive functionality available in order to use the tools that are best suited to your specific task
  • A wide range of applications in which the Maple Toolbox for MATLAB® can help you work more effectively and efficiently
  • How to conveniently manage and document your work as you develop solutions

You will also find out how you can get your free copy of the Maple Toolbox for MATLAB®!

Introduction to Maple 13 for Math Education
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 2:00 pm ET.

Many scientific and engineering applications have to obey tight performance tolerances. Initial designs are often sub-optimal, and to arrive at better operating conditions, manual iterative processes using, for example, calculators or spreadsheets are applied. This can take many hours, or even days. Often the solution obtained through such processes is still far from adequate. Over the last few decades, software tools boasting advanced nonlinear systems modeling and optimization algorithms have become significantly simpler to use, and no longer require specialized knowledge; this has accelerated the productivity of technical professionals across all domains. With Maple, you can take the result of over twenty-five years of continual investment in basic research and design to better model and optimize scientific and engineering designs in less time. This webinar will demonstrate, through several applications, how Maple provides an easy-to-use environment for advanced modeling and optimization.

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.

Modeling and Simulation - MapleSim
Scientific Computing World, June 12, 2009

Felix Grant, software reviewer, takes an in-depth look at MapleSim for Scientific Computing World, and finds the product "impressively easy to use."

Maple 13
Scientific Computing World, June 5, 2009

Software Reviewer Felix Grant takes a critical look at the new features, and finds them so delightful that he does unfamiliar mathematics just for the pleasure of doing it with Maple 13! “Maple development embraces the unspoken duty of such software to educate as well as perform,” he says

Renault, the leading car manufacturer, uses Maple to detect and solve the problem of unwanted engine noise
Design World, May 20, 2009

“After analyzing the simulation results, Ligier reduced engine noise by as much as 30%. Modeling the engine in Maple allowed him to analyze the symbolic equations and plot numeric results to locate unwanted vibrations. Using the software, Ligier was able to create and run the model in one day.”

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