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Newsletter for October 2008

Welcome to the Maple Reporter Academic Newsletter!


Maplesoft’s Maple engine will no longer be sold by The MathWorks under the product name Symbolic Math Toolbox

For many years, The MathWorks has resold the Maple™ engine under the product names Symbolic Math Toolbox and Extended Math Symbolic Toolbox. These products were designed for high performance symbolic computations. As the partnership between Maplesoft and The MathWorks is changing, the Maple engine will now be sold exclusively by Maplesoft. This change will take effect September 28th, 2008.

For a limited time the Maple Toolbox for MATLAB is being offered free of charge. To learn more, click here.

News & Announcements

Join Dr. Lopez at North Carolina State University!

On November 5th at 4:30 pm in Harrelson Hall Room 307, Dr. Lopez, Emeritus Professor at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, will present “Redefining Math Education with Clickable Math.” During his presentation, Dr. Lopez will present the concept of 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 offers educators a better way of engaging students so that they fully understand the materials they are being taught.  It responds to the most common complaint of faculty who integrate software into the classroom – time is spent teaching the tool, not the concepts.

To RSVP to attend this seminar, click here to RSVP. Please note: This event is live and requires in person attendance. This is not a webinar. Address information and directions will be emailed to registrants prior to the event.

The Maplesoft Application Center has changed!

The Maplesoft Application Center is one of the most popular resources on our site, with contributions from our members added regularly. It offers over 1,500 Maple applications, Maplet applications, tutorials, Maple PowerTools, MapleSim models, and Maple packages for free download. We’ve redesigned the App Center home page to include links to featured applications, and we’ve made the newest content easier to find. More changes are coming soon!

Add your applications! We’re always looking for new content from our members. Every application that is added to the Application Center is published in either the professional or the academic Maple Reporter.

To visit the Application Center, click here


Application Briefs
Modeling the Dynamics of an Ice Tank Carriage

User Stories

Financial Engineers at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International Use Maple in Multi-asset Product Development

The latest release of Maple offers quantitative finance professionals a platform for maximizing their productivity and efficiency, strengthening its reputation as their tool of choice. Maple’s powerful mathematical engine and sophisticated algorithms deliver a rich environment for modeling financial products and for process optimization.  “In the world of financial options, analytical results are not always obvious, and testing for their existence can be a tedious and lengthy process. Employing Maple makes it very different; if a symbolic solution exists, Maple finds it quickly and correctly,” said Igor Hlivka of Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International. He recently developed a series of applications using Maple for multi-asset product development and for deriving semi-analytical solutions to non-standard options where multivariate stochastic processes play a determining role.

To read the full story, click here.

To read other user stories visit Maplesoft User Case Studies

Streaming Video
Hollywood Math
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e-Symposium: Challenges and Solutions in Implementing Technolgy in Distance Education in (STEM) Programs
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Product Tips & Techniques

Classroom Tips and Techniques: Plotting Curves Defined Parametrically
Author: Dr. Robert J Lopez

Maple Tips and Techniques: Using the Startup Code Region
Author: Maplesoft

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

Application Center Highlights

Fluid Flow Past a Cylinder
Author: Maplesoft

This application uses Maple to illustrate the fluid dynamics problem of flow past a cylinder.


Rectification of the Circular Arc by Cochleoidal Curve Construction
Author:  Dr. Laczik Bálint

3D Vector Algebra
Author: Prof. P. M. Velez

Regression and Data Fitting in Maple
Author: Maplesoft

Maplesoft Webinar Series

Clickable Calculus: Differential Equations, Linear Algebra, and Vector Calculus
Wednesday, October 15, 2008 12:00 pm EDT
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“Clickable Math” refers to Maple’s remarkable set of user-interface features that makes common mathematical operations as easy as pointing and clicking. Unique among professional math tools, Maple provides both computational power and a new-generation user interface that allows students and new users to become proficient with Maple without the burden of learning commands and their related syntax. The result is that instructors can spend their time teaching mathematics rather than the tool. Overall, teaching and learning become more efficient and effective. By solving a spectrum of standard (and not-so-standard) problems drawn from differential equations, linear algebra, and vector calculus, this session will demonstrate the potential of “Clickable Calculus” to enrich the mathematical experience.

Introduction to Maple 12 for Academics
Monday, October 20, 2008 2:00pm EDT.
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In this one-hour demonstration and Q&A forum, you will learn how Maple 12 is redefining math education and opening new horizons in technical research. By taking advantage of such features as interactive tutors, context-sensitive menus, expanded mathematical capabilities, and the new Exploration Assistant, see how teachers can bring complex problems to life, students can focus on concepts rather than the mechanics of solutions, and researchers can develop more sophisticated algorithms or models.

Maple 12 and MapleSim for Controls Engineering Education
Wednesday, October 22, 2008 2:00pm EDT.
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This webinar will, by the use of introductory and more complex examples, demonstrate how Maplesoft’s products can be used when teaching and learning controls engineering concepts. The concepts will be demonstrated using MapleSim, a new high-performance multi-domain modeling and simulation tool, as well as with Maple 12 and its new Dynamic Systems package, which offers a large selection of analytic and graphing tools for linear time-invariant systems, essential in control systems development

MapleSim for Engineering Education: Innovations in Analysis, Design and Simulation
Thursday, October 23, 2008 2:00pm EDT.
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MapleSim is a modeling and simulation software that derives numerically efficient models of complex systems using an intuitive block-diagram approach to defining system models. MapleSim offers significant reduction in model development time and runtime performance from traditional systems. Distinct from traditional math and simulation software, MapleSim offers automatic derivation of model equations for more effective and engaging virtual simulations and exercises, dramatically more efficient models for real time simulations in research, and direct application to the emerging modeling problems in industry.

Clickable Engineering Math Part 2: Interactive Engineering Problem Solving
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 2:00pm EDT.
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Maplesoft’s “Clickable Calculus” has introduced an exciting new dimension in calculus education. The idea of powerful mathematics, delivered through very visual, interactive, point and click methods, is spawning a new generation of teaching and learning techniques in mathematics. “Clickable Engineering Math” continues this philosophy into the applied sciences.
In Part 2 of this two-part Webinar, Dr. Robert 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.

Physical Modeling Consortium serves a wake-up call on the automotive industry: Part 2 - Latest techniques in physical modeling look to enhance 'signal-flow' methods
Automotive DesignLine, October 3, 2008
Maplesoft’s Tom Lee writes about the Physical Modeling Consortium in a renowned online automobile engineering magazine.

European Models Promote Fidelity

Scientific Computing World, September 26, 2008

Scientific Computing World publishes an article on physical modeling by Laurent Bernardin, Maplesoft’s Chief Scientist. He writes that physics-based modeling – or physical modeling – for virtual prototyping of engineering products has brought about dramatic savings in time and cost over the last 20 years.

Golden Mousetrap Award - Category: Analysis & Calculation Software
Design News, September 25, 2008
Maple 12 has been selected as the Best Finalist in the 2008 Design News Golden Mousetrap Awards.

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

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Maplesoft Events

Educause 2008
October  28 – October 31, 2008
Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida

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