MapleSim 4.5, ASME & IEEE Webinar Recordings, Maple Video, Teacher Resource Center

Newsletter for October 2010

Product Design & Development Webinar

MapleSim 4.5 MapleSim™ 4.5, the latest version of Maplesoft's high-performance physical modeling and simulation tool, is now available. MapleSim is an advanced engineering software tool for design, modeling, and high-performance simulation, including real-time and hardware-in-the-loop applications. Unlike traditional, numeric-based modeling tools, the unique symbolic approach of MapleSim exposes and provides access to the model equations.

The latest release includes enhanced support for Modelica®, an open standard for describing physical models and components that forms the basis of many components in MapleSim. With MapleSim 4.5, engineers can now access new collections of components using the Modelica import feature, seamlessly including third-party Modelica libraries and their own custom Modelica components in their MapleSim models. Libraries, components, and models based on the electrical, 1-D mechanical, signals, and thermal heat flow domains from the Modelica 3.1 Standard Library can be easily imported into MapleSim and included with standard MapleSim components and models. Other enhancements include the ability to convert older MapleSim models to use Modelica 3.1, the latest version of the Modelica Standard Library, so that these models can take advantage of the latest improvements.

MapleSim 4.5 includes an improved simulation engine that can readily simulate continuous models with discrete events. The enhanced engine handles a much larger class of these systems than earlier versions, and shows significant performance improvements for existing hybrid discrete/continuous models. With the improved engine, MapleSim can now handle models that include hundreds of events. Models with discrete events will often run 10 times faster than in MapleSim 4, with some models running over 100 times faster. The improved simulation engine also results in reduced formulation times for large continuous models, shortening the time the engine requires to prepare the model for simulation.

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New Video: Real-World Experiences with MapleSim

Richard Gran & Jacob Apkarian
Discover why engineers and researchers rely on MapleSim in their design projects in this video featuring interviews with leading industry experts, including Dr. Richard Gran, Director (ret), Advanced Concepts, Grumman, and member of the Apollo Lunar Module Digital Autopilot design team, and Dr. Jacob Apkarian, Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Quanser.

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Recordings of recent webinars with ASME & IEEE now available!

Over the past month we have had the pleasure of presenting two sponsored webinars with the IEEE & ASME. To view the recordings, simply click on the webinar of your choice and register to access the recording. Registration is free.

Mechanical Engineering Magazine

Trends and Challenges in Modeling and Simulation: An Industry Perspective

Modeling and simulation have been core methods in modern engineering for decades. The basic question of whether the tools and techniques of today are sufficient to meet emerging design challenges has engaged the global engineering community in many segments. This webinar offers insights into the key challenges facing modern engineering, and some of the activities that address these challenges. View the recording here.

IEEE Spectrum Online

High Fidelity Physical Models of Automotive Batteries

This webinar presents some leading work in the development of high fidelity physical models of automotive batteries, including conventional lead-acid, but also NiMH and Lithium. Developed as part of the research program for the SERC/Toyota/Maplesoft Industrial Research Chair for Mathematics-based Modeling and Design, these models will plug into comprehensive system models for HEV and EV applications. View the recording here



New Video: How are Instructors Using Maple in the Classroom?

Maple has transformed the way that people teach and learn mathematics. It helps students learn better by illuminating theory and giving substance to abstract concepts. For instructors, it provides a creative environment for presenting math concepts in a relevant way. Learn how real educators are using Maple in their classrooms to provide an engaging, effective learning experience for their students.

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New Content available in the Teacher Resource Center

8 new topics are now available in the Teacher Resource Center. In particular, the sections regarding Inverse Functions & Exponential Functions have been updated with new videos, example worksheets & TA question banks. You can view the content here:

Bring math to life in your classroom! Download the course content for FREE directly from the Teacher Resource Center. Each topic includes a demo video, testing content, and Maple worksheets. Click here to explore the Maplesoft Teacher Resource Center and the new course content.



Maplesoft Blog Posts
Find out what's happening at the heart of Maplesoft, and provide your comments and feedback to the Maplesoft experts.
Wald-Wolfowitz Runs Test and Baseball
John May
In this post, I want to describe one of the tests used in the paper that initially inspired this series of posts: the Wald-Wolfowitz runs testRead More>>
More Testing Randomness: Autocorrelation
John May
In this post I'll introduce is a nice visual test of randomness from signal processing.
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Boyz from the eHood
Dr. Tom Lee
One of the best things about growing up in the “Hood” is that it feels really good when you leave. Read More>>
Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos
Dr. Robert Lopez
I spent this past week preparing a Webex presentation to a client who was interested in using Maple for a physics course in chaos. Read More>>
True Random Number Generators on the Web
John May
I thought I would share some routines I wrote that allow you to use the two main true random number sources available on the web... Read More>>
Foreign Exchange
Samir Khan
I lived in the UK before making the barely-considered decision to move to Canada...

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Is The Lottery Random?
John May
Looking for sources of things that might or might not be random, I decided to look at lottery draws. 
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Application Worksheet: Lottery Simulator
John May
Basically, you fill in your prefered numbers, and it simulates you playing the lottery in every draw since 1982. Read More>>
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Tips & Techniques

Classroom Tips and Techniques: The One- and Two-Argument Arctangent Functions in Maple
Author: Dr. Robert Lopez

In general, a "conversion" between the one- and two-argument artangent functions is not mathematically correct. However, we give two examples of calculations that benefit from a formal interchange of these two functions, and show how different programming strategies in Maple can be used to build tools to make these formal interchanges.

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



Application Center Highlights

Worm Gear
Author: Maplesoft

Cross Contraction Numbers
Author: Prof. Josef Betten


Some Fractals with Maple
Dr. Miriam Ciavarella & Prof. Marina Marchisio

Universal Portfolio
Author: Marcus Davidsson

To access the Maplesoft Application Center, click here.


Maplesoft Webinar Series
Maple 14 Academic Training
Thursday, November 4th, 2010 2:00 pm ET.

Sponsored Webinar with NASA Tech Briefs: Efficiently Modeling High-Fidelity Models for Aerospace Mechatronics Applications
Thursday, November 18th, 2010 2:00 pm ET.


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.

GM and Maplesoft to Collaborate on Electric Vehicle Technologies at the University of Waterloo
Yahoo! , October 15, 2010

Extract: "A new five-year, $10.5-million partnership between General Motors of Canada, Waterloo-based Maplesoft Inc., and a multidisciplinary research team at the University of Waterloo is tackling the challenges of next generation electric vehicles. Through model-based design and prototype testing, the team will investigate crucial technologies for achieving more widespread use of electric vehicles."

GM and Maplesoft to collaborate on electric vehicle technologies at the University of Waterloo
Design World, October 15, 2010

Extract: "Maplesoft, a leading developer of high performance physical modeling and simulation software, will incorporate the researchers’ innovative ideas into new design tools that GM’s staff can apply during their routine engineering work. Maplesoft is particularly interested in using its modelling capabilities to help improve the batteries deployed in electric vehicles."

Maple 14 Grid Computing Toolbox
Scientific Computing World , August 5, 2010

Extract: “Maplesoft has announced the release of the Maple 14 Grid Computing Toolbox, which enables distributed computing using the company's Maple software. Using this toolbox, users can run Maple computations in parallel, taking advantage of all the hardware resources available, cutting down on processing time, and enabling applications that were not possible before.”

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