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Newsletter for May 2009

Welcome to the Maple Reporter Academic Newsletter!
Announcing Maple 13 & MapleSim 2

The world’s most advanced symbolic and numeric computing engine, Maple 13, comes together with a high-performance multi-domain modeling and simulation tool, MapleSim 2, for more effective and engaging virtual simulations and exercises, and dramatically more efficient models for real time simulations in research.

Maple 13
Maple 13 is a substantial release with many new features across three key areas including completely new 3-D plotting facilities, powerful new learning and problem-solving tools, and additional resources to enable users to find answers to questions quickly. New plotting facilities include extensive annotation tools and fly-through animations, making 3-D plots more meaningful and easier to interpret. New tools, such as tutors for complex variables and numerical analysis, point-and-click access to control systems design tools, and enhanced step-by-step problem solvers for calculus, help students explore, visualize, and understand mathematical concepts. Maple 13’s leading-edge solvers include revolutionary techniques for finding solutions to differential equations that are beyond the scope of standard methods.

  • For more information about Maple 13, click here.
  • For a complete list of everything that’s new in
    Maple 13, click here.

MapleSim 2
MapleSim 2 combines an intuitive physical modeling environment with powerful symbolic techniques that generate model equations in symbolic form, helping teachers to quickly demonstrate the connection between concepts and the underlying mathematical theory. The new release introduces extraordinary 3-D visualization and animation tools which easily transform multibody models into realistic animations, providing greater insight into the system behavior. It also provides tools for managing results from multiple simulations, simplifying a notoriously tedious and confusing task.

  • For more information about MapleSim 2, click here.
  • For a complete list of everything that’s new in
    MapleSim 2, click here.
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Register your summer courses with the Maple Adoption Program

The Maple Adoption Program offers a simple and effective way to introduce Maple into the classroom. Educators receive a free home use copy of Maple, and students receive a substantial discount on the Student Edition of Maple.  If you’re not already teaching with Maple, this is the easiest way to get started. If you are already teaching with Maple, this program gets Maple to your students at the lowest available cost.

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Clickable Math Examples
Maplesoft now offers a collection of interactive Maple applications that use Clickable Math methods to solve standard problems. A variety of Calculus applications and Engineering applications are available. These applications give detailed explanations of which tools to use and where to find them in Maple.

To go to the Clickable Math page, click here.


Maplesoft Blog Posts
Find out what's happening at the heart of Maplesoft, and provide your comments and feedback to the Maplesoft experts.
Maplesoft Announces New Versions of MapleSim and Maple
Modern industry is facing critical challenges, as design tasks become increasingly complex. Fortunately, we are seeing the development of new technologies that are allowing us to rise to the challenge. Read More>>
Twenty Years and Counting...
It was twenty years ago in May that I started with Maplesoft (known then as Waterloo Maple Software) in a tiny office at 608 Weber Street North in Waterloo, Ontario. Read More>>

Does Modelica Matter?
Modelica is an open language for (lumped parameter) modeling and simulation and is generating a growing following, especially in Europe. Modelica is also at the heart of simulation tools like MapleSim. Read More>>

Postcard from the Road: SAE World Congress Detroit
Even in these trying times in the auto industry, our corner remains vibrant and very optimistic about the future. Read More>>

To see all Maplesoft blog posts, click here.


Product Tips & Techniques

Classroom Tips and Techniques: An Implicit Analytic Solution of the Lotka-Volterra Model
Author: Dr. Robert J Lopez

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

Application Center Highlights
Let's Play Yahtzee!
Author: Maplesoft
Author: Maplesoft
Fractal Fun!
Author: Maplesoft

Analysis of Structures - Torque Motor
Author: Maplesoft

IC Engine Mechanical Model
Author: Maplesoft

To access the Maplesoft Application Center, click here.

Maplesoft Webinar Series
Introduction to MapleSim 2 & Maple 13 for Engineering Education
Thursday, May 14, 2009 2:00 pm ET.

This one-hour demonstration and Q&A forum introduces MapleSim™ 2, the high-performance, multi-domain modeling and simulation tool, and Maple™ 13, the technical computing software for mathematicians, engineers, and scientists. These products are based on Maplesoft’s core technologies, including the world’s most advanced symbolic computation engine and revolutionary physical modeling techniques. Together, they provide a platform where students can work confidently with everything from theoretical concepts to the subtleties and art of design.
Introduction to Maple 13 for Math Education
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 2:00 pm ET.

Friday, May 29, 2009 2:00 pm ET.

Maple 13’s unique blend of computational power and ease-of-use makes it an essential tool for doing mathematics. Its smart document environment provides revolutionary Clickable Math 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 13 is redefining math education and opening new horizons in technical research, with such features as interactive tutors, context-sensitive menus for mathematical operations, sophisticated visualization tools, and extensive mathematical capabilities. See how Maple 13 helps teachers bring complex problems to life, students focus on concepts rather than the mechanics of solutions, and researchers develop more-sophisticated algorithms or models.
MapleSim Training
Tuesday, May 12, 2009 2:00pm ET.

This MapleSim Training webinar is a 1 hour session that demonstrates how to get started with MapleSim. It starts with a step-by-step introduction to the MapleSim modeling environment. It also provides details on using Maple 13 for further analysis of MapleSim models, multibody system modeling, and creating custom components.
Hollywood Math
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 2:00 pm ET.

Over its storied and intriguing history, Hollywood has entertained us with many mathematical moments in film. John Nash in “A Beautiful Mind,” the brilliant janitor in “Good Will Hunting,” the number theory genius in “Pi,” and even Abbott and Costello are just a few of the Hollywood “mathematicians” that come to mind. During this webinar we will present a number of examples of mathematics in film, including those done capably, as well as questionable and downright “creative” treatments. See relevant, exciting examples that you can use to engage your students, or attend this webinar simply for its entertainment value. Have you ever wondered if the bus could really have jumped the gap in “Speed?” We’ve got the answer! Anyone with an interest in mathematics, especially high school and early college math educators, will be both entertained and informed by attending this webinar.
Maple and MapleSim for Controls Engineering Education
Thursday, May 28, 2009 2:00 pm ET.

This webinar will, by the use of introductory and more complex examples, demonstrate how Maplesoft’s products can be used when teaching and learning controls engineering concepts. The concepts will be demonstrated using MapleSim, a new high-performance multi-domain modeling and simulation tool, as well as with Maple and its Dynamic Systems package, which offers a large selection of analytic and graphing tools for linear time-invariant systems, essential in control systems development.

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.

Combination of high performance technologies from Maplesoft to help engineers fast track solutions
Forbes, May 7, 2009

Announcing MapleSim 2 and Maple 13!
Maplesoft Announces New Releases of MapleSim and Maple
Desktop Engineering, May 5, 2009

New releases come with extraordinary features in visualization and animation.

MapleSim 2 and Maple 13
Scientific Computing World, May 4, 2009

Announcing new versions of Maplesoft's core products.

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


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Maplesoft Events

ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition
June 15, 2009 - June 18, 2009
Austin, Texas

Applications of Computer Algebra 2009
June 24, 2009 - June 28, 2009 Montreal, Quebec

Campus Technology Conference
July 27, 2009 - July 30, 2009
Boston, Massachusetts

MathFest 2009
August 6, 2009 - August 8, 2009 Portland, Oregon

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