Newsletter for August 2006    
Welcome to the August 2006 Issue of the Maple Reporter!
The Maple Reporter provides all the latest news from Maplesoft, with articles highlighting new products, innovative application areas, tips and techniques, events, and much more.

This month’s issue features news about two new Maplesoft products; DynaFlexPro/Tire, an add-on to DynaFlexPro that allows users to incorporate the latest pneumatic tire models into simulations of vehicle systems, and the Global Optimization with Maple e-book. Also, check out this month’s Tips & Techniques, the latest MapleCast Episodes, and a new Maple 10 review in Cadalyst Magazine.

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News & Announcements

DynaFlexPro/Tire Module DynaFlexPro is a very effective tool for creating efficient models and simulations of complex mechanical systems, such as mechanisms, robots, and machinery. With the DynaFlexPro/Tire Module, an optional add-on package to DynaFlexPro, the range of applications is further increased to include vehicles. The generation of efficient models and real-time simulations will facilitate the development of new vehicle designs, including active sub-systems and their electronic controllers.

Global Optimization with Maple E-Book
This electronic book presents Maple as an advanced model development and optimization environment. A special emphasis is placed on solving multiextremal models, using the Global Optimization Toolbox™ for Maple™. Following a brief topical introduction, an extensive collection of detailed numerical examples and illustrative case studies is presented.

New Version of BlockBuilder for Simulink® Can Handle Models from Third-Party Products like DynaFlexPro With BlockBuilder 1.1 and DynaFlexPro 2.3, you can now develop very efficient, high-fidelity models of mechanical systems for use with Simulink, Real-Time Workshop and your HIL test systems. The major enhancement to Version 1.1 of BlockBuilder for Simulink is the ability to handle models from third-party products. In particular, this allows models that have been created in DynaFlexPro to be automatically converted to a Simulink S-function. If you are modeling multi-body mechanical systems using DynaFlexPro, you can now quickly generate Simulink blocks that are ready for real-time implementation, using Real-Time Workshop.

New Product Mechanics of Materials Offers Solutions to Linear and Elastic Beam Bending Problems
Using Maple’s powerful math engine, problem specifications can be formulated in numeric or symbolic form, offering graphical and analytical solutions for beam sections with up to 100 separate segments. The functions yield impressive graphics and detailed analytical solutions, ideal for education and training applications.

July 25th - Episode 7: Maple Conference 2006 Highlights
In this episode we bring you some highlights from the Maple Conference 2006, which took place at the end of July. The highlights include several brief interviews with keynote speakers and poster presenters, as well as a collection of "hellos from around the world."

July 12th - Eposode 6: Looking Ahead
Maplesoft's Chief Scientist Dr. Laurent Bernardin joins us to talk about the primary goals of developing Maple 10 and some challenges the team faced. Eithne Murray explains e-books and their relation to MapleConnect; she also divulges information on an interesting new interactive e-book coming soon. And as usual, we have some more helpful news and answers to email questions.

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Product Tips and Techniques

Classroom Tips and Techniques: Task Templates in Maple
Author: Robert J. Lopez, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Maple Fellow, Maplesoft

Maple Tip & Technique: Sharing Your Maple Files Using the MaplePrimes File Manager
Author: Maplesoft

Maple for High Schools
Check out the new datasheet

Maple Books:

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Maple Primes Community Site Update

MaplePrimes, Maplesoft’s online user community is a great place to learn how to get the most out of Maple. For example, last month, Joe Riel posted two articles on advanced techniques for using Maple, Measuring Maple with Macros and Sorting Lists of Names. To get more tips visit this page: High performance Maple programming techniques where more tips are being added regularly. Visit MaplePrimes today and see what new techniques can help you in your work with Maple.


MathFest 2006
August 10-12, 2006
Knoxville, Tennessee
Click here for details.

Los Alamos Science and Technology Expo 2006
August 16, 2006
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Click here for details.

AIAA—Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference and Exhibit
August 21-24, 2006
Keystone, Colorado
Click here for details.

ASME—18th International Design Engineering Technical Conference
September 10-13, 2006
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Click here for details.

See our Events page for other upcoming shows.

Maplesoft Seminar Series
Maplesoft’s monthly web seminars provide an excellent opportunity for you to learn about interesting applications, new techniques, and upcoming products. Hosted live by senior Maplesoft product experts, these 1 hour interactive sessions offer the opportunity to ask questions and interact with the presenter. Whether you are a seasoned Maple user, or someone looking to find out what Maple is all about, this seminar series will offer an opportunity to learn something new and interesting.

August 10th, 2006, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT - Maple Toolbox for MATLAB
August 15th, 2006, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT - Introduction to Maple 10
August 17th, 2006, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT - Automated Testing and Assessment with Maple T.A.
August 22nd, 2006, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT - Modeling Multi-body Mechanical Systems with DynaFlexPro
August 24th, 2006, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT - Maplesoft Solutions for Engineering Research and Education
August 30th, 2006, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT - Modeling and Simulation with the New BlockBuilder for Simulink
September 18th, 2006, 2:00 - 4:00 pm EDT - Modeling and Simulating Multibody Mechanical Systems Using DynaFlexPro and BlockBuilder for Simulink
September 21st, 2006, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT - Maplesoft Solutions for Engineering Research and Education
September 26th, 2006, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT - Introduction to Maple 10
September 28th, 2006, 2:00 - 3:00 pm EDT - Maple Toolbox for MATLAB

Application Center Highlights

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

Roark and Young Calculation Sheet: Transverse Shear, Slope, Bending Moment and Deflection along a Beam
Automatic Computation of Conservation Laws in the Calculus of Variations and Optimal Control
Prof. Delfim F. M. Torres
Prof. Paulo D. F. Gouveia
Relativistic Medium From Unified Energy Vector
Mr. David Harness
Investigating the DES Properties Using the GenDES Package
Prof. Czeslaw Koscielny
Helical Flagellum - Dynamic Multi-body System Modelling with DynaFlexPro
Tom Uchida
Prof. John McPhee
Solving the Viscous Composite Cylinder Problem by Sokolov's Method
Dr. Co Hong Tran
Probability Games - Parrondo's Paradox
Mr. Mario M Martínez
Translation, Area Between Two Curves and Volume
Muharrem Aktümen

Maplesoft in the Press

Maplesoft continues to receive much press. Recently there has been coverage in Campus Technology, an article in UniversityBusiness and a review of Maple 10 in Cadalyst.

Feature Review
Cadalyst Magazine, July 2006
First Look Review: Maple 10
Maple 10 is “Highly recommended”

Mike Hudspeth of Cadalyst Magazine has just published a new review of Maple 10. In his review he “highly recommends” Maple 10 stating that “it's the last math program you'll likely ever need.” He writes about its ease of use, knowledge capture, and functions like the Maple Calculator and the Symbol Writer, “Maple Calculator is like the Windows calculator -- on steroids. It uses the Maple 10 core, so it's got enough horsepower to get you what you need.” He also stated “Literally thousands of mathematical symbols are available in Maple 10 … And if you can't find the symbol you're looking for, Maple 10 has a truly innovative way to help you -- the Symbol Writer. It's a menu window where you write or draw the symbol you want. Below your graphic, a couple of guesses appear of what Maple 10 thinks might fit the bill. You merely select the one you want.

University Business, July 2006

More than a Numbers Game
“ Don't just give students basic chunks of knowledge. They need greater motivation.”

Tom Lee recently attended and judged the national FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Competition, a multinational robotics competition that teams professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. In this article Lee writes about the importance of competitions like FIRST and how schools can draw from a range of tools and resources to help “streamline knowledge” and “establish real context and relevance to engineering.”

Campus-Technology, July 2006
Improving the Administration of Mathematics Placement Tests
By Scott Sutherland, Director of Undergraduate Studies in Mathematics, SUNY Stony Brook

“Stony Brook wanted to be able to administer the placement test before the students came to orientation and they wanted the students to be as prepared as possible. Maplesoft’s Maple T.A. addressed all of these issues by automating the entire process, from assessment to diagnostics, enabling the placement test to be done anytime, anywhere.”

In addition to these articles, check out the Press Coverage area for all the latest coverage on Maplesoft.
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