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Newsletter for October 2009

IEEE Spectrum Online

We are pleased to announce our sponsorship of the Mathematics Post-Secondary Preparedness Package (MP3), published by Student Awards! With our sponsorship program, our goal is to support excellence in education. MP3 exemplifies that goal.

For over 35 years, award-winning Professors Jack Weiner and Hoshang Pesotan have helped thousands of students overcome their math anxiety. They know that a large part of getting through the fear of math is having a solid foundation in high school math concepts. Their new book provides an amazing bridge between high school and college math.

MP3 includes 9 problem sets covering topics from Basic Numeracy to Exponents and Logarithms. Complete solutions are provided, along with descriptions of common errors and links to “Great Websites for More Detail”—everything needed to clear the math mental cobwebs before classes begin.

Currently we're offering MP3 for a limited time to academic customers who purchase Maple 13, but we also wanted to share this valuable resource with our existing customers as well! If you are an existing Maplesoft customer, click here to receive a free sample copy of MP3. *Available until supplies last.

If you are not yet an existing Maplesoft customer, or you'd like to upgrade, contact our Sales Department to purchase Maple 13 and receive your free Mathematics Post-secondary Preparedness Package with your purchase . Call 1-800-267-6583.


Introducing Maplesoft's Application Engineering (AE) Group!

Due to a growing need for resources in engineering education, Maplesoft recently expanded the Application Engineering (AE) group to significantly increase our capacity to provide engineering support services. The goal of this team of engineers is to provide timely assistance to our growing customer base. The AE team now includes modeling and software experts representing all major engineering disciplines and the depth of experience in critical industry segments including automotive, aerospace, and advanced manufacturing. Some examples of projects that we have already completed as a value-added service are,

• Complex model of a hexapod for mechatronics research
• Countless custom components, analysis templates, and application-specific training
• Modeling assistance for a magnetically levitated MAGLEV train for an international transportation company
• Complete mean-value engine model for an automotive company

These projects were all provided free-of-charge in our efforts to ensure that our new customers are completely happy and successful with their MapleSim investment. The AE group is available to support you in the rapid and effective deployment of MapleSim for your engineering modeling challenges.

Please click here to complete the contact form with summaries of your requirements and a representative will contact you to assess your requirements and recommend the best course of action.


IEEE Spectrum Tech Insider Webinar Series - Getting the Most from MATLAB® and Simulink® with Symbolic Computation - Recording now available!

IEEE Spectrum OnlineThe turnout for this webinar was amazing! If you missed the live event, we are pleased to let you know that the recording is now available. Simply click on the link below and fill out the form on the IEEE's website. If you are unfamiliar with the webinar, here is a synopsis:

This webinar offers a series of powerful and practical techniques for reducing the time and effort required to develop engineering applications and models. For MATLAB® users, this means significantly greater flexibility in your applications. Although symbolic computation techniques have been an important part of the MATLAB® and Simulink® community for many years, recent developments in the technology have triggered a new generation of applications and techniques that are helping engineers respond to emerging complexities in modeling and design.

Efficient parameter analysis, a dramatically increased capability in mathematical computation, and a rich documentation environment for managing, presenting, and archiving results, are some of the immediate benefits from the appropriate symbolic strategies. In specific fields such as control systems, or dynamic modeling, the right symbolic tools can reduce modeling time from months to days while dramatically increasing model performance.

To view this recording, 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.

On Green Engineering
Green is definitely the color of the 21st century. Recently, I was attending the annual conference of the Society of Instrumentation and Control Engineers. The keynote was delivered by Dr. Tariq Samad of Honeywell and the President of the IEEE Control Systems Society. Read More>>

Selling a Company: Free Advice
Selling a company is emotionally wrenching. It was even more intensive for us at Maplesoft since we had a large number of founders who had been actively involved with the company for 20+ years. The decision for founders to sell a company so that it can move to the next stage is truly massive. Read More>>

The Romance of Engineering
Sometime in 1992 I was offered the title of “Applications Engineer” at Maplesoft. I was the company’s very first employee to hold this title and it was my first real job. I was thrilled! Imagine, if you will, an impoverished student who had been living on the most pitiful of incomes for almost ten years, all of a sudden being offered a great salary and the chance to travel and meet interesting people around the world! And for the most part, all I had to do was show people how great this thing called Maple was. Read More>>

To see all Maplesoft blog posts, click here.


Application Center Highlights

3 Dof Helicopter with PID
Author: Maplesoft

The model was based on a 3 DOF helicopter from Quanser. Two DC motors are mounted at the two ends of a rectangular frame and drive two propellers. The motors axes are parallel and the thrust vector is normal to the frame. The helicopter frame is suspended from an instrumented joint mounted at the end of a long arm and is free to pitch about its centre. Read More>>

Cornu Spiral
Author: Maplesoft
Biarc Curve Fitting
Author: Hakan Tiftikci
Sumobot Simulation
Authors: Maplesoft

Wind Turbine
Authors: Maplesoft

To access the Maplesoft Application Center, click here.


Maplesoft Webinar Series

Introduction to Maple T.A. 5.0
Monday, October 19, 2009 2:00pm ET.


Maple T.A. 5.0, the newest version of Maplesoft’s web-based testing and assessment system, offers a wide variety of enhancements and new features including a completely new question management model, a new interface to simplify system administration and expanded connectivity supporting Blackboard® Vista. Join us in this interactive presentation as we show how with access to the full computational power of Maple 13, Maple T.A. 5.0 is the strongest version of Maple T.A. yet!


Introduction to MapleSim 2 & Maple 13 for Engineering Education
Tuesday, October 20, 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 MapleNET 13: Learn how to publish your live Maple documents on the web
Thursday, October 22, 2009 2:00 pm ET.


With MapleNet, publication of applications created with Maple over the Internet has never been easier: you simply create your technical document in Maple, incorporating Embedded GUI Components to allow easy interaction with the math in the document, and then save it to your MapleNet server.

Your application is then available to anyone who has access to the MapleNet server through a standard internet browser. Maple documents can be readily browsed, and the reader can change parameters using the GUI Components. The analysis is carried out by the Maple engine on the server and the results returned to the browser – it’s as simple and quick as that! No Maple is required, and no plug-ins need to be downloaded.

MapleNET also allows to create comprehensive Web applications through JSP programming, applets, or by calling MapleNET services directly from a remote Web application. We will demonstrate how to call Maple from a dynamic Web page in PHP via a MapleNET Web service.

In this one hour session you will learn how easy it is to create live online technical content building on the power of Maple. In particular you will see how easy it is to build live technical documents, and then download them to an online server.


Clickable Engineering Problem Solving Part 1
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 2:00 pm ET.


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


Getting Started with Maple 13 Academic for Evaluators
Thursday, October 29, 2009 2:00 pm ET.


In this 60 minute webinar, Dr. Lopez will show you how to begin using your evaluation copy of Maple 13, a powerful general purpose math tool designed to provide an environment for educators and students to explore and 'do' math. Used creatively, Maple 13 can help students learn better and faster. It can illuminate theory, clarify the abstract and give form and substance to general principles.

If you’ve already received an evaluation copy of Maple 13 Academic, register now. If you would like to request an evaluation copy of Maple 13, please click here


Maplesoft-MAA Placement Test Suite
Thursday, November 5, 2009 2:00 pm ET.


This interactive session will provide an overview and demonstration of the Maplesoft-MAA Placement Test Suite. A result of the ongoing partnership between the MAA and Maplesoft, this exciting new product gives you the ability to provide MAA placement tests over the Internet. Find out how the Maplesoft-MAA Placement Test Suite will give you easy administration, instant results, and flexible scheduling for your incoming students.


SAE Webinar: Accelerating the Design of Embedded Control Systems for Vehicle Applications
Thursday, November 19, 2009 2:00 pm ET.


The computerization of automotive functionality over recent years has been nothing short of miraculous. Digital control systems have fundamentally changed the way automotive engineers think about and perform the task of design. As good as the processes are today, most OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers are openly admitting concern over emerging design challenges. Tomorrow’s cars must be greener, safer, just as fast or even faster, and cheaper than today’s cars. The consequent demands that these seemingly conflicting requirements put on the modern control system are enormous. The plant models now demand a level of fidelity that would literally suck months from an engineering team, and in many cases, resulting models may not have the speed necessary to support HIL simulations.

This seminar is about accelerating these tasks through the emerging generation of engineering modeling tools. Deploying advanced techniques such as physical modeling, symbolic computation, optimized code generation, and loss-less model simplification, engineering teams are beginning to see time savings of an order of magnitude in both the plant model development process and real-time execution. The webinar will present both the conceptual framework as well as practical application demonstrations of these techniques using the modeling system MapleSim.

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.

Maple 13 from Maplesoft
Higher Ed Morning, September 28, 2009

Extract : “Maple 13 includes 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.”

Maplesoft & Perimeter Institute Partner on Masters Program
Exchange Morning Post, September 21, 2009

Extract: “ Maplesoft and Perimeter Institute have announced a significant partnership that will have impact not just for the region of Kitchener-Waterloo, but also on scientists and researchers around the world. This initiative echoes Maplesoft’s continued support of higher education and high quality research in institutions across the globe.”

Software tool enables sharing of mathematical content
EPN, September 21, 2009

Extract : "The new version of MapleNet, which deploys live technical knowledge and applications on the web, is a tool for sharing live calculations, interactive technical documents and mathematical services over the Internet. MapleNet 13 makes it easy for programmers and non-programmers to provide mathematical content and advanced plots in interactive applications and web content.”

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

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Maplesoft Events


Educause Conference 2009
Nov. 3, 2009 - Nov. 6, 2009
Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO

35th AMATYC Annual Conference 2009
Nov. 3, 2009 - Nov. 6, 2009
Riviera Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, NV
2010 Joint Math Meetings
Jan.13, 2010 - Jan. 16, 2010
Moscone West Convention Center, San Francisco, CA


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