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Newsletter for May 2008


News & Announcements

Latest release of Maple redefines math education

The development of Maple 12 was driven by the belief that math software should be instantly accessible and easy to use. Maple 12’s “Clickable Math” features eliminate the traditional complex command sets that still encumber other math systems.  Necessary operations are now accessible purely through mouse movements, built-in assistants, tutors, embedded components, and button clicks, saving significant time and effort for users.

Maple 12 has also significantly broadened Maple’s applicability to Engineering departments.  In addition to many new features such as CAD connectivity and MATLAB code import and translation, Maple 12 brings to life the concept of “Clickable Engineering”. With the same philosophy as “Clickable Math”, which is powerful mathematics delivered through very visual, interactive, point and click methods, “Clickable Engineering” is shifting how engineering faculty approach instruction and research.

For more information about what’s new in Maple 12, take the Maple 12 tour >>

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Join Dr. Robert Lopez and Dr. Laurent Bernardin at Drexel University on May 29th, 2008. Dr. Robert J. Lopez, Maple Fellow, and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, USA, is an award winning educator in mathematics and is the author of several books. He will be presenting “Redefining Math Education with Clickable Math.” Dr. Laurent Bernardin, Chief Scientist at Maplesoft, will present “Innovations in Engineering Analysis, Design and Simulation.” Learn more >>


Application Briefs

Maple Optimizes Controller Design to Guide the Motion of a Maglev Train
An Electromagnetic Suspension (EMS) Magnetically Levitated (Maglev) train uses the attractive forces of magnets, positioned below a ferrous metal guideway, to levitate a train and guide its motion.


Product Tips & Techniques

Classroom Tips and Techniques: Interactive Plotting of Points on a Curve
Author: Dr. Robert J Lopez

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

Application Center Highlights

Optimizing the Controller Design to Guide the Motion of a Maglev Train
Author: Maple  
Magnetically Levitated (Maglev) trains differ from conventional trains in that they are levitated, guided and propelled along a guideway by a changing magnetic field rather than by steam, diesel or electric engine. The absence of direct contact between the train and the rail allows the Maglev to reach record ground transportation speeds, which are on par to that of commercial airplanes.

Maple, C, and Assembly Language - Performance Comparison
Author: Milorad Pop Tosic

Image Tools
Author: Maplesoft

Radiator Design
Author: Maplesoft

Mobile Robot
Author: Maplesoft

Harmonic Oscillator
Author: Maplesoft

Black-Scholes Model
Author: Maplesoft

Digital Filter Design
Author: Maplesoft
Mathematical Model to Simulation Code
Author: Maplesoft
DC Motor Control Design
Author: Maplesoft
Frequency Domain System Identification
Author: Maplesoft




Maplesoft Webinar Series

Introduction to Maple 12 for Academics

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 2:00 pm EDT.  Register here.
Tuesday, May 27, 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.

Clickable Engineering Problem Solving Part 1 

Thursday, May 15, 2008 2:00 pm EDT.  Register here.

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

Part I of this two part Webinar will present general engineering problem-solving methods using clickable techniques. Drawing on application areas in mechanics, circuits, control and others, Maple will be shown in a new light. Specific techniques including symbolic equation solving, differential equations and transforms, plotting and visualization, and units, will be covered.

Clickable Calculus: Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, and Vector Calculus

Wednesday, May 21, 2008 2:00 pm EDT.  Register here.

Join Dr. Robert Lopez as he explores Maple 11’s remarkable set of user-interface features that makes common mathematical operations as easy as pointing and clicking. By solving a spectrum of standard (and not-so-standard) problems drawn from differential equations, linear algebra, and vector calculus, this session will demonstrate

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Maplesoft Events

CIT 2008
May 27 – 30, 2008
Genesee Community College, Batavia, NY

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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