The Maple Reporter - Academic
Webinar with ASEE: Transforming the freshman “cornerstone” design course through modeling and simulation

The University of Waterloo faced an all-too-familiar problem: increasing enrollment and decreasing budgets. They firmly believe that students need to actively do mathematics in order to learn mathematics, so their courses involve very frequent tests and assignments. Their original approach to handle this workload involved hundreds of teaching assistants and undergraduate graders to help with the grading, but that was simply no longer a viable option due to growing class sizes and reduced budgets for teaching support. As an institution that is renowned for the quality of its mathematics education, staff and faculty at the University of Waterloo were not willing to compromise their students’ learning by reducing the number of graded assignments offered in each course. They had to find another solution.

The University of Waterloo chose Maple T.A. to automate the assessment tasks for many of their mathematics-based courses. Today, Maple T.A. is used to deliver tests and assignments to approximately 9000 students/year, spread over more than 40 courses. Students in the mathematics, engineering, and science faculties use Maple T.A. every day.

“Maple T.A. has made a huge difference to us, on many levels,” says Carrie Howells, Instructional Support Coordinator for the Mathematics Faculty Computing Facility. "We can offer an appropriate number of assignments to our students without being overwhelmed, and students appreciate the improved feedback on all their assignments. In addition, after moving to Maple T.A., we've found that we can save approximately $100,000 per year on our grading budget, which we can use to support activities and programs we couldn't otherwise offer."

Read the full user story here.

Newsletter for February 2011
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Professional Reporter
MapleSim and Maple Used in Advanced Research Projects at the Automation, Robotics, and Mechatronics Lab at SUNY Buffalo

March 23, 2011 at 2:00 PM ET

The freshman design course, or “cornerstone” course, is a critical component of the curriculum at most institutions. The goal of these courses is to teach students proper design principles by following the engineering design process. Unfortunately, the reality is that overly simplistic projects are often a necessary compromise in these courses due to time constraints. However, a new generation of tools and techniques is transforming the cornerstone design course, offering students a more realistic experience and greater insight into the design process.

On March 23, join Maplesoft and the ASEE at a joint webinar to learn about a recent McMaster University initiative to enrich its cornerstone course. The key new element is the introduction of the dynamic modeling software package, MapleSim, which allows students to analyze and explore the system dynamics, and ultimately the design options, for a real system.

Register for the webinar here.

Dr. Thomas Doyle P.Eng.
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, McMaster University
presenters Dr. Tom Lee
Vice President Applications Engineering and Chief Evangelist, Maplesoft
presenters Robert F. Black
Deputy Executive Director, American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

Webinar: Grid Computing
  March 29, 2011: 1:00 pm EDT

The Maple Grid Computing Toolbox, combined with Microsoft® Windows® HPC Server 2008 R2, provides researchers with a powerful tool for their demanding computations. In this webinar, you will learn how one researcher used these products in an attempt to compute a record number of digits of a famous constant from number theory. His path of mathematical research led to a number of interesting discoveries, and ultimately advanced the computing power of a popular computer algebra system. Along the way, you will have the opportunity to see how easy it is develop and test your applications locally using the Maple Grid Computing Toolbox and then deploy them to your Windows HPC Server.
Register for this webinar here.

Classroom Tips and Techniques
Media Center
Classroom Tips and Techniques:
Yet More Gems from the Little Red Book of Maple Magic

Author: Dr. Robert Lopez

Five more bits of accumulated "Maple magic" are shared: the limit of Picard iterates, combining radicals, factoring, yet another trig identity, and sorting strategies..
See the Maplesoft website for more Tips & Techniques.

Application Center
Color Image Cryptosteganography
Author: Prof. Czeslaw Koscielny

This application allows Maple users to protect files against unauthorized access and intentional damage by generating cryptosteganograms that are regular image files of BMP or TIFF format.
Application Center
Signal Processing in Maple
Author: Maplesoft

Consider the problem of evaluating the impact of a structure against a hard surface. The resulting acceleration will typically consist of the actual physical transient acceleration signal plus high frequency sensor resonance. We define a few simple analytical functions to model these responses. The effect of adjusting the sampling rate will be explored.
Application Center
Généralisation du Sudoku
Author: Xavier Cormier

Cette maplet conçue entièrement par moi (algorithme et interface) permet de jouer (générer et résoudre) les sudokus de taille (nxm)x(nxm) (zones nxm).

Maplesoft Webinar Series
register Transforming the Freshman “Cornerstone” Design Course Through Modeling and Simulation
  March 23, 2011: 2:00 pm EDT

register Maple & MapleSim pour la robotique
  March 24, 2011: 9:00 am EDT
register Maple 14-Schulung für Akademiker
  March 24, 2011: 10:00 am EDT
register Introduction to Maple T.A. 7
  March 24, 2011: 2:00 pm EDT
register MapleSim-Schulung 1: Eine Führung durch die Grundlagen von MapleSim
register Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite
  March 29, 2011: 2:00 pm EDT
register Using the Maple Grid Computing Toolbox to Push Computational Boundaries
  March 29, 2011: 1:00 pm EDT
register Modeling and Simulation Techniques for Unmanned Vehicle System Research and Development
  March 30, 2011: 2:00 pm EDT
register Robotics Applications with MapleSim and Maple
  March 31, 2011: 2:00 pm EDT

For further details or to enroll in a webinar please click

Missed a webinar? Check out our Recorded Webinar section where you can browse and view recordings of past webinars.

Humanoid Robots Learn to Walk Faster
Scientific Computing World, March 21, 2011

Extract: One of the challenges facing the Manchester team, lead by Martin Brown and Gustavo Medrano-Cerda, is visualizing experiments quickly and effectively, to avoid slowing down the process and to ensure that experimentation is valid and relevant. “The ability to visualize in MapleSim, without having to write our own programs, has been invaluable,” says Ph.D. student Houman Dallali. “What's more, we can directly generate C++ code to interface with the hardware and speed up the controller implementation/debugging process.”
Application Center
  MapleSim et Maple sont utilisés par le laboratoire ARM de l´Université d´Etat de Buffalo (France), March 17, 2011

One of the ARM lab’s research projects involved the study of kinematic and dynamic simulations of 6 degree of freedom 6-Prismatic-Universal-Spherical (6-P-U-S) type manipulators. This type of manipulator combines a platform that moves and a fixed base, interconnected by several legs. In his research, Dr. Venkat Krovi and his research team analyzed a general 6 DOF 6-P-U-S manipulator. They used Maple and MapleSim to automatically generate the governing equations, and conducted a kinematic analysis of those equations with Maple.
Application Center
  MapleSim di Maplesoft crea modelli fisici di batterie per veicoli ibridi ed elettrici (Italy) – Feb 21, 2011

One of the most important components of a hybrid-electric or fully electric vehicle is the battery itself. Having a good virtual model of the battery is essential so that both battery behavior and the physical interaction of the battery with all the other components are properly reflected in the model. A team developing high-fidelity models chose MapleSim because of the symbolic approach in MapleSim.

Maplesoft events
New York State Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges

April 8, 2011 – April 10, 2011
Corning, New York
GAMM's 82nd Annual Scientific Conference

April 18, 2011 - April 21, 2011
Graz, Austria
Minnesota Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges

April 29, 2011 – April 30, 2011
Duluth, Minnesota
For further details about these events click here.

Maplesoft Books
Solving Nonlinear Partial Differential Equations with Maple and Mathematica
Authors: Dr. Inna Shingareva, Carlos Lizárraga-Celaya
Partielle Differenzialgleichungen
Authors: Wolfgang Arendt, Karsten Urban
Principles of Linear Algebra With Maple
Authors: Prof. Kenneth Shiskowski, Dr. Karl Frinkle

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