Newsletter for September 2007    
Welcome to the September 2007 Issue of the Maple Reporter!

This month’s issue highlights the new Student Help Center and the Maple Mentor Awards.  In addition, check out the new calculus examples in the Teacher Resource Center, and the new Math Hard? poster, the latest addition to the Maplesoft poster series! Also in this issue don’t miss this month’s Tips & Techniques, and the latest additions to the Maple Application Center.

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News & Announcements

The new Student Help Center provides unmatched support to students in their math studies. Problems that students may encounter in a math course or in Maple™ can be solved faster with the help of this online support system. The site contains a dedicated student forum, online calculators, training videos, a math homework resource guide, and much more. Visit today!

New Interactive Clickable Calculus Examples  
We’ve added 23 new interactive calculus examples to the Teacher Resource Center. These Maple applications use Clickable Calculus methods to solve standard calculus problems. Explanations of interactive steps are given at every stage of the solution, making them easy to reproduce. Some applications include interactive components for concept exploration, and key steps are illustrated through videos.  Clickable Calculus refers to Maple 11’s remarkable set of user-interface features that makes common mathematical operations as easy as pointing and clicking.  
Here are just some of the examples you can explore:

New Version of DynaFlexPro 
DynaFlexPro 3.0 is a Maple package for modeling and simulating the dynamics of mechanical multibody systems. The latest usability features of DynaFlexPro 3.0 mean that you can produce models of complex mechanical systems without knowing anything about linear graph theory or Maple command syntax. New Task Assistants and a Coordinate Selection dialog provide a much easier user interface for developing your mechanical systems models.

The Maplesoft Complete Teaching Solution – full service, clear value
The Maplesoft Complete Teaching Solution has been designed to ensure you get the most out of your Maple teaching experience. It provides the academic community with a complete easy-to-implement and cost-effective solution with all of the products, services, training and content required for you to begin implementing Maple in your classroom quickly and easily.  For more information, please contact Maplesoft Sales.

Maple Mentors Awards
MaplePrimes couldn’t exist without the generous contributions of many talented users. They answer others’ questions and post their own valuable insights and experiences for the rest of us to benefit from.  The MaplePrimes editors would like to acknowledge their contributions and to encourage others to be inspired by their leadership. We will be awarding a series of prizes for exceptional and continued contributions to this site. Awards will be presented on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis.

August Webinar Highlights
Prototype and Simulate Vehicle Systems using Maplesoft’s Design Engineering

September 18, 2007
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

Clickable Engineering Math: Part I – Interactive Engineering Problem Solving
September 27, 2007
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT

View Complete Schedule

Maple Adoption Program™

Take Advantage of our Special Maple 11 offers

Registering courses has never been faster; with online registration you can have your Maple Adoption account up to date and ready to go for the Fall semester in no time. You can access your home use copy immediately and your students will have access to the best available pricing on Maple Student Edition.

Get started and register your Fall courses today!
Complete program information and electronic registration can be found at



Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE 2007)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
October 10-13, 2007

Seattle, WA
October 23-26, 2007

Vehicle Dynamics Expo
Detroit, Michigan
October 24-26, 2007

ASME International--Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
Seattle, WA
November 11-15, 2007

2007 AMATYC Annual Conference
Minneapolis, Minnesota
November 1-4, 2007

See our Events page for other upcoming shows.

New Poster From Maplesoft
The new Math Hard? poster from Maplesoft is the ideal decoration for your classroom, office, or computer lab.  Order it today!

Maplesoft Joins Books24x7 as an Affiliate Partner
Maplesoft has recently joined Books24x7® as an Affiliate Partner.  EngineeringPro™ from Books24x7 supports engineers in performing in today’s busy development environments by providing a reliable, quick and easy online resource that addresses the daily challenges they face, regardless of discipline.  Subscription clients receive access to hundreds of unabridged reference books from leading publishers in a fully searchable Web-based environment.  Maple’s MathML compliancy allows users to leverage EngineeringPro’s LiveEquations™ feature and effortlessly transfer MathML-encoded equations found within EngineeringPro titles into a mathematical analysis package such as Maple for immediate processing and manipulation.  
Try for yourself a complementary subscription to Books24x7 by registering here.

Application Briefs Logo

Maplesoft Application Briefs are a growing collection of key applications that show how Maplesoft solutions are applied to critical technical projects and interesting real world problems.
We have added  three new application briefs:

Visualizing the DNA Double Helix
Maple used to illustrate the double-helix structure of DNA.
Math Software Models Motions of Space Station’s Robotic Arm
Canadian Space Agency
Canada’s contribution to the International Space Station is the Mobile Servicing System (MSS), a complex manipulator that includes robot “arms” that can pick up and manipulate everything from delicate objects to large payloads.

Modeling and Simulation of a Stanford Robot Manipulator Using DH Notation
MotionPro Inc
A model of a Stanford manipulator arm was developed for use in a Maple document that allowed the robot geometry to be defined using the Denavit-Hartenberg (DH) notation.

User Stories

Imagine a time in which doctors can perform surgery on a patient without having to be in the same room, or even in the same city. Modern technology, aided by tools like Maple, is making such possibilities very real. Maplesoft is assisting Quanser Consulting to develop revolutionary haptic (feedback) technology, taking robotically assisted surgery to the next level


Maple and BlockBuilder for Simulink from Maplesoft help advance Maglev train technology
The complex design of a Maglev train is a disadvantage as the design process is extremely long. Dr. Richard Gran, Director (rtd) of Advanced Concepts Laboratories, Grumman, led a project funded by the U. S. Department of Transportation to develop a new model of Maglev trains using superconducting magnets mounted below the vehicle to attract the train to an iron rail.  The original simulation development process took several months, but Dr. Gran and his team used Maple™ and BlockBuilder for Simulink™ to reduce the design and simulation time from months to just a few weeks.

To read these user stories or others visit Maplesoft User Case Studies

Maplesoft Streaming Video

Clickable Calculus II
Clickable Math refers to Maple 11’s remarkable set of user-interface features that makes common mathematical operations as easy as pointing and clicking. This session will demonstrate the potential of Clickable Calculus to enrich the mathematical experience by solving a spectrum of standard (and not-so-standard) calculus problems.

Product Tips & Techniques

Maple Tips & Techniques: Setting Curve Colors in 2-D Plots
Author: Maplesoft

Maple T.A. Tips & Techniques: Importing Class Data from Maple T.A. 2.5 to Maple T.A. 3.0 
Author: Maplesoft

Classroom Tips & Techniques: Interactive Plotting: Vertical lines and Multiples of Pi
Author: Robert J. Lopez, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Maple Fellow, Maplesoft

Maplesoft Webinar Series

dot September 18, 2007 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
dot September 19, 2007 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
dot September 19, 2007 - 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM EDT
dot September 20, 2007 - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT     
dot September 25, 2007 - 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT
dot September 27, 2007 - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

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.


The Maple Application Center has received the following new applications over the last month:

Scalar Volterra Integro-Differential Equations
Author:  Dr. Leigh C. Becker

Konforme Abbildung, Ausweichströmung um eine Ellipse
Author:  Prof. Josef Betten

"Just Move It Over There, Dear!" 
Author:  Dr. Jason Schattman

Maplesoft in the Press

Here are some highlights of this past month’s press coverage.

Making child's play of power tools
Scientific Computing World, August 2007
Maplesoft featured in Scientific Computing in an article that compares various data analysis software.

Maple 11 math software really adds up
Design Product News, August 2007
With Maple 11, Maplesoft continues to develop and improve its interface, its computational engine, and its connectivity capabilities.

Mathematical modeling and optimization increase vehicle design efficiency and productivity

Automotive Design Line, August 2007

Paul Goossens of Maplesoft writes in Automotive Design Line that mathematical modeling can increase vehicle efficiency and productivity.

“Smart” Mathematics software cuts project time, costs
Autotech Daily, August 2007
Maplesoft’s expertise in the automotive sector is highlighted in a feature article in Autotech Daily that discusses how mathematics software can reduce time and costs.

DynaFlexPro Case Study in Automotive DesignLine
Automotive DesignLine, August 2007
Automotive Design Line carries a byline article by Jack Liu of Ford Motor Company about his use of Maple to understand vibrational behavior in chain drive systems and to develop predictive design tools.

AM 570 News Radio, August 2007

AM 570 News profiles Maplesoft and talks to Tom Lee about the company and the local technology community

Maplesoft seeks new uses for math software

The Record, July 2007
Maplesoft and the University of Guelph partner to increase the use of technology tools in the classroom.

Vehicle Dynamics
ATZ MTZ Extra, July 2007
Paul Goossens and Frank-Michael Kaussen from Scientific Computers have co-authored an article in a German publication ATZ MTZ on how mathematical modeling and optimization increase efficiency and productivity in vehicle design.

Mathematics Readers Choice – Maple
Scientific Computing, July 2007
Maple has won the Bronze place in the Scientific Computing Readers Choice Awards for the category “Mathematics”.

Software helps quell transmission noise
Automotive Design Line, July 2007
Automotive Design Line carries a byline article by Jack Liu of Ford Motor Company about his use of Maple to understand vibrational behavior in chain drive systems and to develop predictive design tools.

Analytical predictions of system resonances developed

DPA, July 2007
Ford Motor Company uses Maple to understand vibrational behavior in chain drive systems and develop predictive design tools.

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