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Newsletter for February 2006     
Welcome to the February 2006 issue of the Maple Reporter e-newsletter! We aim to keep you up-to-date on 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 on two new products. The first is the new Maplesoft-MAA Placement Test Suite, developed in partnership with the MAA to deliver online placement tests.”.. The second is Structural Mechanics for Maple, an add-on package to Maple 10 which allows the calculation of statics and dynamics of spatial beam structures including discrete masses and inertias in points, springs and dampers. In addition, check out recent news on the Adoption Program, Seminars and Tip & Techniques.

We hope you find this month’s issue an enjoyable and informative read. We have many more exciting developments in the works at Maplesoft and we look forward to sharing them with you in the future.
News & Announcements

Maplesoft™-MAA® Placement Test Suite Now Available
Developed in partnership with the Mathematical Association of America (MAA), the largest professional society that focuses on undergraduate mathematics, the Placement Test Suite dramatically enhances colleges’ and universities’ ability to assess students’ knowledge of math. The new product replaces the MAA’s paper-based placement tests, which have been used by hundreds of institutions across North America since 1977. The new tests are delivered by a powerful Web-based system, automatically assessing student responses and performance.

Introducing Structural Mechanics™ for Maple™
Structural Mechanics™ for Maple™ is a collection of procedures which gives engineers and scientists familiar with the theory of Structural Mechanics and the Finite Element Method, a new approach to the calculation of statics and dynamics of spatial beam structures including discrete masses and inertias in points, springs and dampers. This package can be used for solving modern and classical problems and creating graphical representations of their solutions.

Visual Solutions Inc. Releases New Version of Product to be Compatible with Maple
VisSim™ provides a seamless connection to the Maple symbolic computation system in its new release, Professional VisSim 6. The new Maple interface blocks communicate with Maple. These blocks allow the reading and writing of scalar and matrix data to the Maple workspace, as well as execution of Maple scripts, which means you can manipulate data in a symbolic or algebraic manner, and display it in dynamic 3-dimensional plots. This brings a fast smooth interface between VisSim and Maple.

Last Chance to Take the Engineering and Scientific Calculation Tool Survey!

Maplesoft’s first-ever international Engineering and Scientific Calculation Tool survey will be concluded this week. Results will be tallied and distributed to those who participated. Take the survey now and be automatically entered to win an iPod Nano.

Maple Conference 2006 - Important Dates
February 28, 2006: Intent to submit a paper. Send a note to the Contributed Program Chair indicating your intent to submit a paper. You should include tentative title and a brief paragraph describing the topic.

  • March 17, 2006: Submission deadline for full paper
  • April 24, 2006 : Acceptance notifications sent

For more details, visit

Advanced Engineering Mathematics with Maple is a finalist for Desktop Engineering's 2005 Readers' Choice Product of the Year Award.
Unlike so many awards handed out by trade magazines, this is truly a people’s choice award. The winner will be announced this March at the National Manufacturing Week trade show in Chicago. The winner will also be announced online and in the May issue of Desktop Engineering magazine. Click here to vote.

Special Training Offer
Purchase a single user license of Maple 10 Professional and receive a FREE online training session.

Special training offers also available for multi-user purchases. Contact Maplesoft for details.

* Offer expires March 31, 2006. Valid in United States and Canada only.

Product Tips & Techniques

Maple Tip and Technique: Making Substitutions
Author: Maplesoft

Classroom Tips and Techniques: Dot and Cross Products
Author: Maplesoft

Maplesoft Seminar Series
Online Placement Testing from Maplesoft and the MAA
Tuesday March 14, 2006 - 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST
Control System Development Using System Identification
Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST
  Please visit for additional details and to register.

Maple Adoption Program: Enrollment Successes Continues

The Maple Adoption Program is thriving as we continue to find new ways to engage faculty members and students. Read More...

Complete program information and electronic registration can be found at

Application Center Highlights
New Applications
Homographie Complexe - Polynomes
Mr. Sebastien Kernivinen
Mr. Sebastien Kernivinen

A Counter-Example on the Density of Integers
Prof. Steven R. Dunbar
The MLA Steganography
Prof. Czeslaw Koscielny
topicIDEA package
Prof. Czeslaw Koscielny


Joint Regional Meeting MAA & SIAM
Problem-Solving with the Point-and-Click Interface in Maple 10
March 30-April 1, 2006

NYSMATYC 2006 Annual Conference
April 7–9, 2006 - Holiday Inn in Cortland, NY.
Presentations and workshops related to mathematics and mathematics education at the two-year college level. For more information please visit: or contact the conference organizer and president-elect, Abe Mantell at

Chautauqua Short Courses for College Teachers
Pedagogy and Methodology of Using Maple in the Classroom
May 12-14, 2006
Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI.

See our Events page for other upcoming shows.

Maplesoft in the Press

Maplesoft continues to receive much press. Recently there has been coverage in the Associated Press, CNN, Desktop Engineering and 2Math.The following editorial by Jim Cooper was featured in the Desktop Engineering:

Desktop Engineering, February 2006
Fading Number of Students Threaten Our Technology Leadership

“The long-term solution for this dilemma is a drastic improvement of the image of technology in North America to convince more of our best and brightest students to enter the technical fields. In an open market, however, it’s not clear how to do this. Even if our younger generation recognizes the importance of technology in building a better future, it could take many years to compensate for the smaller numbers of graduating engineers and scientists”.

In addition to this article, check out the Reviews & Press area for all the latest on Maplesoft.

Maple Conference 2006
July 23-26 2006

Important Dates:
• Last chance - February 28, 2006: Intent to submit a paper
• March 17, 2006: Submission deadline for full paper
• April 24, 2006: Acceptance notifications sent
For more details, visit
Maple Conference 2006 Poster Now Available

Download PDFs of the official conference poster. Two versions are available: large 11x17, standard 8.5x11, and standard A4. Post and pass on to your colleagues!

Online Registration Now Available - Resgister Today

Maple Books:

If you are publishing a paper or writing a book related to Maple, we can help you! Please send your comments to

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Maple Primes Community Site Update

MaplePrimes, the online community of Maple users is a great place to find tips on how to do your work in Maple. On MaplePrimes, you can find information on Curve Fitting; working in Document Mode; and making use of Code Generation. If the information that you need is not on the site yet, you can ask a question in the forums. There are many users on MaplePrimes who are more than willing to help you. Check out MaplePrimes today and see how it can help you with your work.

Maplesoft Resources
Recorded Seminars
Maplesoft offers a series of recorded downloadable demonstrations and seminars highlighting key features and functionality of Maplesoft products. Click here to view the available seminars.

Customized Seminars

Maplesoft is pleased to offer personal online seminars. These seminars assist users in learning new techniques to increase their effectiveness with Maplesoft products.
Contact Maplesoft today to schedule your seminar.
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