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Newsletter for September 2009

Welcome to the Maple Reporter Academic Newsletter!

Clickable Math with Maple 13 offers educators a better way to engage their students!

Maplesoft has introduced one of the most exciting concepts in math software history: Clickable Math. This concept brings an exciting new dimension to math education; the idea of powerful mathematics delivered using very visual, interactive point-and-click methods is launching a new generation of teaching and learning techniques. Clickable Math techniques offer educators a better way of engaging students so that they fully understand the materials they are being taught.

Clickable Math techniques are redefining what is possible in mathematics education. With Maple 13, Maplesoft has taking the concept of Clickable Math to a new level of possibilities for mathematics educators. Maple 13 offers learning tools for exploring, visualizing, and understanding mathematical concepts; “Getting started” material to accommodate different learning styles; and a smart document environment that produces rich documents that are fully interactive and as professional looking as a textbook. Its point-and-click interface makes math easy to do, easy to learn, and easy to teach.

For an opportunity to test out Maple 13, click here to request an evaluation copy.

A number of Clickable Math resources are available on the Maplesoft website:

- A series of "Clickable" webinars, presented by Dr. Robert Lopez, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.

- A Clickable Math movie that lets you see firsthand how Maple's easy-to-use equation editor, context menus, palettes, and other clickable interface features let you focus on the concepts, not the tool.

- The Maplesoft Teacher Resource Center offers an extensive range of resources for teachers including a large collection of "clickable" applications for teaching and learning.


IEEE Spectrum Tech Insider Webinar Series - Getting the Most from MATLA®B and Simulink® with Symbolic Computation

IEEE Spectrum OnlineThursday, September 24th, at 2pm Eastern Time.

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 register for this webinar, click here.


Upgrade to Maple 13 and/or MapleSim 2 before September 30th, 2009 and save 15%

Click here or call 1-800-267-6583 to upgrade today!

If you are a user of any version of Maple prior to Maple 10, this is your final upgrade opportunity - upgrade discounts, and any special upgrade promotions that we offer will not be available to users of versions prior to Maple 10 after September 30th, 2009.

If you own a version of Maple prior to Maple 10, you have until September 30th to take advantage of both the regular upgrade discounts and the additional 15% off. Don't let this opportunity pass you by!

*This promotion is available until September 30th, 2009 on a single-user upgrade purchase of Maple 13 and only in Canada and the USA. For multiple purchases of Maple 13, please call 1-800-267-6583. Pricing may vary for other Maple license options and multiple license purchases.


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Give your students a head start on their studies by registering your fall courses and providing them with their discounted student edition of Maple.

The Maple Adoption Program not only provides all instructors with a complimentary home use copy of Maple, it also provides students with an impressive discount on the student edition of Maple.

To learn more about how you can join the Maple Adoption Program, please click here.*

*Please note: Tthe Maple Adoption Program is only availabe in the U.S., U.K., Canada, France, New Zealand, and Switzerland.


Maplesoft Blog Posts
Find out what's happening at the heart of Maplesoft, and provide your comments and feedback to the Maplesoft experts.

An “Animated” Conversation
This week I decided to do some research and find out the details of how to make model animations with MapleSim by adding in CAD drawing files of the component parts. Read More>>

Hardware-in-the-Loop Vehicle Stability Control Test Application with MapleSim and LabVIEW
At the recent Vehicle Dynamics Expo in Stuttgart, I presented an example that demonstrates the speed with which you can perform the complete model-development-to-HIL process for a vehicle stability controller using MapleSim. Read More>>

Man, what a ride!!
Recently, we were asked by a designer of thrill rides if we could help them define a design tool that would allow them to push the envelope in rider experience, while considering engineering constraints and, of course, rider safety. Read More>>

Which Way Is Up? - Thoughts on Orientation
It’s been nearly ten years since I first walked onto the University of Waterloo campus as a freshly minted undergraduate, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and eager to learn all about electrical engineering. Read More>>

To see all Maplesoft blog posts, click here.


Application Center Highlights

Ramachandran Map
Author: Prof. Godfrey Beddard

The Ramachandram map is a plot of the phi vs psi torsion angles in a protein and is formed by adding a point at (phi, psi) for each amino acid residue. The atom coordinates are read in from a .pdb which result from an x-ray analysis of a protein crystal. The coordinates of many proteins are stored in the RCSB PDB data bank. Read More>>

Coin Tossing and Dice Rolling
Author: Marcus Davidsson
Creep Functions and Creep Sprectra
Author: Prof. Josef Betten
Design of Simple Nomogram by Maple
Authors: Dr. Laczik Bálint

To access the Maplesoft Application Center, click here.


Product Tips & Techniques

Classroom Tips & Techniques: Tensor Calculus with the Differential Geometry Package
Author: Dr. Robert J Lopez

This article is an overview for implementing tensor calculus in the Tensor subpackage of the Differential Geometry package. Our goal is to show how to enter covariant and contravariant tensors, compute their covariant derivatives, obtain the equations of parallel transport and of geodesics, and compute the basic tensors of general relativity.

MapleSim Tips & Techniques: Creating a Simple Temperature-Dependent Resistor using Custom Components
Author: Maplesoft

This article looks at creating a temperature dependent resistor using MapleSim’s custom component template.

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

Maplesoft Webinar Series

Introduction to Maple 13 & MapleSim 2 for Engineering Education
Tuesday, September 22, 2009 2:00 pm ET.

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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.

MapleSim 2 combines an intuitive physical modeling environment with powerful symbolic techniques to drastically reduce the time and effort required to create highly efficient models. With intuitive model entry, automatic equation generation and model simplification, and powerful analysis, optimization and code generation tools, MapleSim 2 will enrich your classroom and accelerate your research. MapleSim 2 makes it easy to develop high-fidelity models of complex physical systems, and provides an environment where teachers can quickly demonstrate the connection between concepts and the underlying mathematical theory.

At the core of MapleSim 2 lies Maple 13, the technical computing software which contains a highly advanced symbolic computation engine, powerful numeric solvers, and an intuitive technical document interface. Maple 13 can be used in conjunction with MapleSim 2 or as a stand-alone product. Maple 13 lets you explore, visualize, and solve even the most complex mathematical problems, reducing errors and providing greater insight into the math. Maple 13’s world-leading computation engine offers the breadth and depth to handle every type of mathematics, redefining math education and opening new horizons in technical research.

Getting Started with Maple 13 Academic for Evaluators
Monday, September 28, 2009 2:00 pm ET.

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Now that you’ve received your evaluation copy of Maple 13 Academic, you may be wondering what you can do with it! This webinar, presented by Dr. Robert Lopez, Maple Fellow and Emeritus Professor from the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology, will provide you with tips and techniques that will help you get started with Maple 13. Dr. Lopez is an award winning educator in mathematics and is the author of several books. For over a decade, Dr. Lopez has also been a visionary figure in the introduction of math technology into undergraduate education.

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 receive an evaluation copy of Maple 13, please click here


Clickable Engineering Part 2: Interactive Engineering Problem Solving
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 2:00 pm ET.

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Maplesoft’s “Clickable Calculus” has introduced an exciting dimension in calculus education. The idea of powerful mathematics, delivered through visual, interactive, point-and-click methods, is launching a new generation of teaching and learning techniques in mathematics. “Clickable Engineering Math” continues this philosophy into the applied sciences.

Dr. Lopez explores exact and approximate solutions of a damped oscillator driven by a saw-tooth input; convolution; the Lagrange multiplier technique; temperatures in the exterior wall of a house; and the root locus. He will show how the discursive treatments of these calculations taken from his Advanced Engineering Mathematics ebook can be adapted to the new interface tools in Maple.

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.

Maplesoft Gets Visual with MapleSim 2
Design News, September 10, 2009

Extract: “With the powerful Maple technical computing software at its core and with new 3-D animation and visualization capabilities, Maplesoft's MapleSim 2 multi-domain modeling and simulation tool goes a long way to improving engineer's insight into designs.”

Maplesoft Announces Partnership With Siemens PLM
Product Design and Development, September 10, 2009

Extract: “Using Maple, design engineers can answer questions such as “What are the mathematical relationships between objects?” and “How do changes to object properties impact other objects?” NX connectivity also provides a convenient way to start Maple from within the NX environment... NX users who choose to implement Maple software will benefit from its ability to reduce the time needed to create complex designs and perform deep analysis.”

Share the engineering wealth with MapleNet
DesignFax, September 8, 2009

Extract: “MapleNet 13 is an easy and convenient tool for sharing live calculations, interactive technical documents, and mathematical services over the Internet.”

Testing and assessment tool makes online assessment technology easier and more cost-effective
Electrical Review Online, August 29, 2009

Extract: “With a spectrum of new features Maple T.A. 5.0, released globally, is expected to significantly enhance flexibility and performance of content management, as well as simplify system administration. Maple T.A. is an easy-to-use web-based system for creating tests and assignments, automatically assessing student responses and performance.”

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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