ACADEMIC EDITION | May 2012 | Issue 5

Teaching Concepts with Maple

Maplesoft has recently launched Teaching Concepts with Maple. This website contains a collection of common problems that instructors use with their students.  The solution to each problem is demonstrated by Dr.Robert Lopez as where he walks through one or more ways of solving the problem using Maple. These video examples and downloadable Maple documents are designed to help students learn concepts more quickly and with greater insight and understanding.

In his blog, Dr. Lopez describes his motivations for creating this section: "Classroom experience shows that students learn the necessary skills more efficiently and effectively when they have a clearer idea of why they are necessary. They’ve seen what the “right answers” are supposed to look like, they know where the parts belong, and they understand what the goal is supposed to be.

The collection of examples made available on the Maple web site, in a new section called Teaching Concepts with Maple, illustrates [Maple's ability to] resequence concepts and skills. Each example shows how, after a statement of a problem, it can expeditiously be solved in Maple. Then, like peeling away the layers of an onion, various facets of the solution process can be explored, using Maple’s point-and-click technologies. From a big-picture conceptual approach, to a mastery of details, Maple helps the student learn more quickly, and with greater insight and understanding."

To learn more, read the full blog.

About the author

Dr. Robert LopezDr. Robert J. Lopez
Robert Lopez, 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 including Advanced Engineering Mathematics (Addison-Wesley 2001). For more than two decades, Dr. Lopez has also been a visionary figure in the introduction of Maplesoft technology into undergraduate education.

Maplesoft Events
European Mechatronics Meeting
June 6th-7th
Le Grand-Bornand, France
ASEE Annual Conference
June 10th-13th
San Antonio, Texas
Vehicle Dynamics Expo
June 12th-14th
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
For further details about these events, click here.

Information Sheets
Maple 16 What's New?
New Features in Maple 16
Maple 16 Academic Datasheet
Key Features in Maple 16 for Academic Users

To access all Maplesoft Information sheets, click here.


Social Networks


University of Canterbury uses Maple T.A. to deliver innovative math courses online

Being innovators paid off in a time of real need for the University of Canterbury, based in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The University was one of the first institutions in New Zealand to adopt and utilize Maple T.A. to deliver their mathematics based course material and was quick to realize that they could use the software to avoid any disruption to their classes following a sizeable earthquake in Christchurch on February 22, 2011.

Phillipa Williams, from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, used Maple T.A. to create weekly online modules to support student learning. The previous year, Maple T.A. had been used primarily for summative assessment, measuring the progress of student learning. Since the success of the weekly online modules, the faculty has used Maple T.A. as a core formative assessment tool.

Students used home computers/laptops for online sessions and assignments, working through each of the online modules. Maple T.A. proved to be a perfect tool to help both students and teachers because its web-based interface promotes learning anytime, anywhere.

To learn more, read the full user case study.


3rd Annual Maplesoft Academic Summer Workshop at McMaster University
Thursday, July 19th, 8:30am-5:30pm - Friday, July 20th, 8:30am-12:00pm

This workshop is a continuation of the successful second workshop held in June of 2011, also hosted by McMaster University. The goal is to constructively engage engineering professionals exploring new techniques to improve engineering education through modeling and simulation, and the MapleSim technology in particular.

This year, the theme will be the use of engineering technology used in undergraduate engineering courses. McMaster University will present their results with regards to their dynamic modeling and simulation freshman design projects using MapleSim. As a group, we will then discuss and debate the various dimensions of the pedagogy and technology and ultimately aim for concrete conclusions and recommendations on the potential, implications, and methodologies inherent in introducing MapleSim into the curriculum.

Additional sessions include presentations from other user campuses and updates from Maplesoft on technology enhancements and roadmaps. There will also be a half-day hands-on tutorial on Maple and MapleSim on the second day. This will be a chance for new users to get a compact introduction to the key techniques.

For more information and to register, please click here.


Recorded Sponsored Webinar: Educational Techniques for the Next Generation of Engineers

This webinar highlighted the work of three engineering educators:

1. Dr. Thomas Doyle:
Transforming the freshman ‘cornerstone’ design course through modeling and simulation.
2. Dr. Venkat Krovi:
The use of symbolic computation to enhance robotics education and control education.
3. Dr. James Andrew Smith:
The benefits of using a dynamic modeling software package in electrical engineering courses.

In this panel discussion lead by Tim Vrablik of Maplesoft and moderated by Scott Williamson of ASEE, learn firsthand how advanced physical modeling and simulation technology can enrich your classroom and accelerate learning.


Video: Jack Weiner describing his use of Maple in the university classroom
  Listen as Professor Jack Weiner from the University of Guelph describes his use of Maple in his university classroom.
Teaching Concepts with Maple
  Being easy to use is nice, but being easy to learn with is better. Maple’s ease-of-use paradigm, captured in the phrases “Clickable Calculus” and “Clickable Math” provides a syntax-free way to use Maple.
Classroom Tips and Techniques: Fourier Series and an Orthogonal Expansions Package
Author: Dr. Robert Lopez
  This package provides commands for expansions in 17 other bases of orthogonal functions. In addition to looking at the Fourier series option, this article also considers the Bessel series expansion.
Live Webinars
Clickable Calculus Series - Part #6: Vector Calculus
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 at 10:00 am EDT
Maple 16 Training for Educators and Researchers
Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 2:00 pm EDT
Physical Modeling and Simulation with MapleSim
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm EDT
A Guide to Evaluating Maple 16
Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 10:00 am EDT
Educational Techniques for the Next Generation of Engineers
Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 10:00 am EDT
Recorded Webinars
Custom Palettes, Snippets,
and Task Templates

Maple 16 – Neues auf einen Blick
Math for Engineers: A look at Mathcad Prime 2.0 and Maple 16
Desktop Engineering, May 9, 2012

“Maple 16 benefits from major improvements in computational efficiency, in the areas of core polynomial operations, numeric differential equation solving, and linear algebra computations. It features better scalability on multi-core computers. The Maple programming language has been enhanced to support light-weight objects, for enhanced object-oriented programming ... Maple 16 is a fine choice as a tool for doing serious engineering math.”
Editor's Pick: Maplesoft Releases Maple 16
Desktop Engineering, May 9, 2012

Maplesoft (Waterloo, ONT) recently announced version 16 of Maple, its flagship technical computing system for mathematicians, engineers, scientists, and academia. Calling this a major release, Maplesoft says that Maple 16 has been extended with more than 4,500 additions and improvements across the entire product, including areas such as mathematical algorithms, visualization, programming language, engineering tools, documentation, education features, and authoring tools.
Maple 16
Scientific Computing World, March 30, 2012

Maple 16 features interactive assistants, palettes, context-sensitive menus, tutors and other Clickable Math tools that provide a point-and-click interface for solving, visualising and exploring mathematical problems.

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