The Maple Reporter Academic
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Newsletter for March 2008

This month’s issue highlights the new version of the Maplesoft-MAA Placement Test Suite, which includes several new features such as calculator-based tests.  In addition, read and download the latest additions to the Maplesoft Application Center such as, Eigenvalue/Eigenvector Sensitivity. Also, don’t miss this month’s Tips & Techniques:  Stepwise Solution of a Trig Equation in Maple and Assigning Partial Credit in Maple T.A.

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News & Announcements

New Version of Maplesoft-MAA Placement Test Suite Offers Improvements to Infrastructure, and New Calculator-Based Tests

The new version offers several new features including:

  • New Mathematical Association of America calculator-based tests, which contain problems similar to those seen in typical classrooms where calculator use is encouraged.
  • Improvements to infrastructure provide more options for analyzing test results and providing feedback to students.
  • Simplified administration of the placement tests.

Interact with leading professionals with Maplesoft’s new e-Symposium Series
During these live online seminars you’ll have an opportunity to listen to and interact with industry leading professionals from some of the most prominent organizations in the world. Throughout the series these industry experts will share their experiences and expertise on a variety of topics. Enroll in these webinars and get valuable information about important new developments in the field of engineering and mathematics.

Upcoming e-Symposium:
Physics-Based Plant Modeling for Automotive Control Design

Dr. Ken Butts
Thursday, April 3, 2008
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

Advanced Research Techniques in Mechatronics: Vehicle Dynamic Modeling in Steer-By-Wire Systems
Dr. Venkat Krovi
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
12:00 PM – 1:00 pm EDT

Product Tips & Techniques

Classroom Tips &Techniques: Stepwise Solution of a Trig Equation
Author: Robert J. Lopez, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Maple Fellow, Maplesoft

Maple T.A. Tips & Techniques:  Assigning Partial Credit in Maple T.A.
Author: Maplesoft

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

Maplesoft Webinar Series

Physics-based Plant Modeling for Automotive Control Design
April 3, 2008: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

In this web seminar, Dr. Ken Butts of the Toyota Technical Center, USA will present some of the physical modeling challenges facing the company and its vision for the future development of Rapid Plant Modeling methodologies based on symbolic computation.

Introduction to Maple 11
March 13, 2008: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST

In this one-hour demonstration and Q & A forum, you will learn about Maple 11’s:
• new smart-document user interface
• enhanced mathematical power
• increased connectivity to other tools

e-Symposium: Advanced Research Techniques in Mechatronics: Vehicle Dynamic Modeling in Steer-by-Wire Systems
March 18, 2008: 12:00 AM - 1:00 AM EST

This Webinar will present the work of Dr. Venkat Krovi and his innovative application of new design software tools to accelerate the model development process and simultaneously increase model fidelity.

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.

Application Center Highlights
Eigenvalue/Eigenvector Sensitivity
Author:  Hakan Tiftikci
In this application, a method to compute sensitivities of eigenvalues/eigenvectors is described and  exemplified by the application to simple systems. The method is based on the Cayley-Hamilton theorem.

3D Spline Interpolation
Author: Mr. Andreas Schramm

Billiard Ball Dynamics
Author: Dr. Ahmed C Baroudy

Probabilistic Characteristics for the Transforms of the Gaussian Random Variables
Author: Prof. Marcin M Kaminski

Asinchronous Sines Functions
Author: Prof. Dante E Wojtiuk

Beam on an Elastic Foundation
Author: Prof. Josef Betten
Maple Expressions to LaTeX Converter
Author: Mr. John Fredsted

Stopping Patterns in Random Sequences
Author: Mr. Roland Engdahl

Author: Prof. Josef Betten

Maplesoft in the Press

Let’s Get Physical
Engineering and Technology
Maplesoft's Paul Goossens reveals Maplesoft’s perspective on the new trend in Physical Modeling - and how it has become an essential part of the automotive design process.

Toyota Moves Model-Based Design Forward
Automotive Engineer
In an interview with Automotive Engineer, Maplesoft CEO talks about the Maplesoft-Toyota partnership to produce advanced physical modeling tools to help Toyota move to a new product development process.

Maplesoft and the Mathematical Association of America Strengthen Partnership with Joint Product Release
Maplesoft announces the availability of Maplesoft-MAA Placement Test Suite 3.0, with expanded content and tools for deeper analysis.

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

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Featured Webinar

Physics-Based Plant Modeling for Automotive Control Design
Thursday, April 3 2008
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST

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Maplesoft Events

2008 NYSMATYC Annual Conference
April 4 - 6, 2008
Holiday Inn - Suffern, NY

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