New Mathematics Survival Kit ebook, IEEE Spectrum Webinar

Newsletter for September 2010

Product Design & Development Webinar

Maplesoft is please to announce the publication of the second edition of The Mathematics Survival Kit - Maple Edition. This unique e-book is designed to give students precisely the information they need to overcome difficulties encountered while working on homework or assignment problems. It gives students the opportunity to review exactly the concept or technique they are struggling with, learn what they need to know, work through an example, practice as much as they want using randomly generated and automatically graded questions on that exact topic, and then continue with their homework.

The e-book was written by award-winning teacher Jack Weiner and is based on the recent second edition of his popular printed book, The Mathematics Survival Kit published by Thomson Nelson. Drawn from his 30 years of teaching experience, Weiner identified topics that both university and high school students find most problematic. The latest release of The Mathematics Survival Kit - Maple Edition contains 25 additional topics, bringing the total to 140. All of the new topics were created by Weiner in direct response to requests from readers of the first edition of the book, including students, teachers, and even parents. New materials range from basic operations such as factoring and fractions, to graph sketching, vectors, and integration.

“People who have used the first edition of The Mathematics Survival Kit – Maple Edition, including both students and teachers, have told me how genuinely helpful they’ve found this e-book,” said author Jack Weiner. “With all the great feedback I’ve received from readers leading to this second edition, I’m confident that students in high school and university will find the new version even more useful. I truly believe that with the help Maple provides and what they learn from this e-book, students will feel more confident in their mathematical abilities and experience more success in their mathematics courses.”

The Mathematics Survival Kit - Maple Edition is available in the Maplesoft webstore.


Sponsored Webinar: High Fidelity Physical Models of Automotive Batteries
Wednesday, September 22nd, 2:00pm Eastern Time

IEEE SpectrumThe auto industry is in transformation. New generation vehicles deploying hybrid (HEV), fully electric (EV), and fuel cell powerplants are presenting significant challenges to automotive engineers. The complexity of the automobile has increased exponentially in the past decades with higher performance components and digital control. This has triggered a design revolution in the industry called Model Based Design (MBD) which stresses detailed modeling and simulation steps prior to committing to metal and plastic. With new generation vehicles the need for MBD is considerably greater due to increasing complexity. The battery is becoming one of the most critical components in alternative powerplant development. 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 NSERC/Toyota/Maplesoft Industrial Research Chair for Mathematics-based Modeling and Design, these models will plug into comprehensive system models for HEV and EV applications.

Additionally, Dr. McPhee and Dr. Thanh-Son Dao will discuss new software tools that deploy symbolic techniques for physical modeling. In particular they will present the application of MapleSim and Maple for efficiently managing the mathematics of models and quickly developing complete system models. They have found the symbolic approach to be an effective way to develop simulation models that have very high fidelity, compared to conventional modeling tools, and fast realtime speeds for HIL testing.

To register for this webinar, click here.


Maplets for Calculus 1.3


New Release!

MYMathApps announces the release of version 1.3 of the award-winning Maplets for Calculus. M4C is a collection of 129 Maple applets covering topics from precalculus, limits, derivatives, integrals, differential equations, sequences and series, and multivariate calculus.

As an electronic study guide for students, each maplet asks algorithmically-generated or user-entered questions, guides you through the solution process, checking intermediate responses and offering hints along the way.  You can also ask to see each step in the solution – a virtual tutor without the tutor (at a fraction of the cost).

Instructors use M4C as lecture demonstrations or lab explorations.

For more information, visit Maplets for Calculus on the Maplesoft website or


New Placement Test Program Guide now available!

The new Placement Test Program Guide from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) provides a comprehensive introduction to placement testing, including its place in collegiate mathematics programs, factors to take into account when considering implementing a placement test program, selecting appropriate tests and cut-off scores, and analyzing the results. It will be useful to anyone using the Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite, as well as those considering starting a placement test program at their institution.

This guide is available from the Maplesoft Documentation Center.



Maplesoft Blog Posts
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A sign of a very successful period of work is the tally of how many email messages I’ve written that start with … “First, let me apologize for the delay in my response… Yes, if you are the recipient of one of these notes from me, you’re probably more annoyed than pleased that I’m finding lots of very interesting things to fill up my ever-shrinking Outlook schedule." Read More>>
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Tips & Techniques

Classroom Tips and Techniques: Diffusion with a Generalized Robin Condition
Author: Dr. Robert Lopez

The one-dimensonal heat equation with a generalized Robin condition is solved on [0, 1] by a finite-difference scheme and by the Laplace transform, with the inversion implemented numerically. The left end is insulated and the initial temperature is zero. The Robin condition at the right end is driven by a function governed by an ODE, that is in turn, driven by the endpoint temperature.

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



Application Center Highlights

Richard Dawkins' Battle of the Sexes Models
Author: Dr. Frank Wang

Flexible Joint
Author: Maplesoft


Determine Integrals by Monte-Carlo method
Duong Ngoc Hao

To access the Maplesoft Application Center, click here.


Maplesoft Webinar Series
Potentiale von Maple für die Ingenieur-Ausbildung nutzen
Thursday, September 23, 2010 9:00 am ET.


Introducing Modern Modeling Techniques to the Undergraduate Control Course
Friday, September 24, 2010 2:00 pm ET.


Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 2:00 pm ET.

Getting Started with Maple 14 Academic for Evaluators
Wednesday, September 29, 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.

MapleSim Used to Rapidly Develop a High Fidelity Multi-Domain Model of a Robotic Space Rover
Yahoo! , August 10, 2010

Extract: “Unmanned planetary exploration is a focus for many space research agencies worldwide today. To do this successfully, advanced autonomous robotic rovers are needed. ”

Maplesoft Announces New Version of Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite
Yahoo! , August 17, 2010

Extract: “The latest release of the Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite incorporates the results of modern research into calculus assessment. A new Calculus Concepts Readiness Test determines if a student has a good understanding of the mathematical concepts needed to succeed in a calculus course. Pilot testing has shown the test has high predictive validity of success in a first calculus course.”

Maple T.A. MAA placement test suite
Scientific Computing World, August 17, 2010

Extract: “A new Calculus Concepts Readiness Test determines if a student has a good understanding of the mathematical concepts needed to succeed in a calculus course. Pilot testing has shown the test has high predictive validity of success in a first calculus course.”

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

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