Newsletter for September 2006    
Welcome to the September 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 on the launch of the Mathematics Survival Kit- Maple Edition, the Maple-based e-book based on the popular book by award winning teacher Jack Weiner Also, listen to the Surviving Math Education podcast where Jack discusses the e-book and the role of technology in teaching and learning. We have also launched the Engineering Toolkits, which are suites of analytical design tools that offer a combination of powerful mathematical solvers with domain-specific functions that target your particular application. In addition, check out the Maple 10 review in ORMS, and the special Mathematics Survival Kit Student Bundle promotion.

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News & Announcements

Mathematics Surival Kit
The Mathematics Survival Kit-Maple Edition
- This Maple-Based E-Book is the Essential Companion to Any College or High School Math Course. Based on the popular book “The Mathematics Survival Kit” written by award-winning teacher Jack Weiner, this new ebook provides students with quick, concise and friendly five-minute reviews of 115 mathematical concepts, allowing them to navigate through challenging homework assignments with greater ease. By combining standard first-year university calculus and algebra curricula and high school course outlines with his 30 years of teaching experience, Weiner identifies those topics that both university and high school students find most problematic. He also offers two great strategies—“How to Get an A in Math” and “How to Get Extra Help” —for tackling those concepts in a step-by-step fashion.

Maplesoft Engineering Toolkits - The new Engineering Toolkits from Maplesoft are suites of analytical design tools that offer a combination of powerful mathematical solvers with domain-specific functions that target your particular application.

Based on the power of Maple, the components in each of these Toolkits have been carefully selected and validated by domain experts to ensure you arrive at the best solutions for your engineering design tasks, rapidly, without error, and at the right price!

Maple Toolbox for MATLAB
Maple Toolbox for MATLAB Beta Testing Ends
The Maple Toolbox for MATLAB beta testing ended last week. We would like to thank everyone who participated. The purpose of the public beta was to gather customer feedback on this toolbox, so that we can improve the product and ensure it meets our customers' needs. The toolbox will be available for purchase mid September.

Maplesoft-MAA Placement Test Suite Online Product Demonstration
A result of the ongoing partnership between the MAA and Maplesoft, this exciting product gives you the ability to provide MAA placement tests over the Internet, gives you easy administration, instant results, and flexible scheduling for your incoming students. View the online product demonstration.

August 30th, 2006 - Surviving Math Education
Professor Jack Weiner (University of Guelph) joins us at the Maplesoft headquarters to discuss the Maple e-book version of his popular "Mathematics Survival Kit", his thoughts about what makes a great math teacher, and the role of technology in teaching and learning. Eithne Murray is back with an inside look into the world of Maple T.A, Maplesoft's Web-based system for large-scale, automated testing and assessment of math students. Of course, we also have some more current news and mailbag questions.

August 16th, 2006 - Business of Math
In this episode Tom Lee interviews Dr. Paul Bragg (via telephone from Letchworth, England) about the future of scientific software, the differences between North American and European software markets, and his thoughts about choosing a sales over a scientific career. Paul DeMarco, a senior product manager and architect, joins us to discuss an exciting new product called the Maple Toolbox for MATLAB; and of course, we have some more news and mail for you.

Special Offer
The Mathematics Survival Kit Student Bundle – Purchase our specially priced bundle of Maple 10, the new Mathematics Survival Kit, and our two popular study guides, the Precalculus and Calculus Study Guides.

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Maple Primes Community Site Update

MaplePrimes, is a great place to learn new ways to use Maple. New techniques for using Maple are regularly posted to the site. For example, TomM posted a blog entry about how to use Maple to show students in a classroom the steps needed to solve a problem. From the other end of the spectrum, jenni, a high school student wanted to know how to use Maple to see all of the steps necessary to solve a problem. In response, several different solutions were posted. If you want to learn more ways to use Maple, visit MaplePrimes to see what is there to help you..


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.

Maple Adoption Program™

Still Time to Register for Fall

Registering courses has never been faster; with online registration you can have your Maple Adoption account up to date and ready to go for the Fall semester in no time. You will be able to use your home use copy of Maple 10 immediately with the new download feature.. Read More...

Sign up todayGet started and register your Fall courses today! Complete program information and electronic registration can be found at

Product Tips and Techniques

Classroom Tips and Techniques: The Lagrange Multiplier Method
Author: Robert J. Lopez, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Maple Fellow, Maplesoft

Maple Tip & Technique: Creating Plots using the Plot Builder
Author: Maplesoft

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.

September 18th, 2006, 2:00 - 4:00 pm EDT - Modeling and Simulating Multibody Mechanical Systems Using DynaFlexPro and BlockBuilder for Simulink
September 21th, 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

Missed a seminar? Check out our recorded seminar section where you can browse and view recordings of past seminars.

Application Center Highlights

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

PX: A package for multiplication and commutation of quantum operators
Dr. Marvin Weinstein
Ray Tracing Package
Dr. Marvin Weinstein
Crankshaft Mechanism Modeling & Simulation
Mr. Sergey N Chudinov
A Simple Expression Parser
Prof. Bill C Bauldry
Aspherical Lens Surface Identification - Non-Linear Fitting with the Global Optimization Toolbox
Cybernet Systems Co., Ltd .

Maplesoft in the Press

Maplesoft continues to receive much press. Recently there has been coverage in DesignFax, Scientific Computing and a Maple 10 review by Jason Shattman in ORMS Today.

Feature Review
ORMS Today, Software Review, August 2006
Maple 10: From symbolic computer to universal math machine.
Dr. Jason Schattman, in his review of Maple 10, which he calls a “universal math machine”, notes: “Ease-of-use and presentability have improved dramatically (in Maple 10 compared to earlier versions) and have surpassed competitors MathCAD and Mathematica along many dimensions….Maple's greatest strength — and sharpest edge over other players in the optimization game: that you can extend its functionality using its programming language “

Optimization Methods and Software, August 2006
Global Optimization Toolbox for Maple: an introduction with illustrative applications
This article presents a concise review of the scientific–technical computing system Maple and its application potentials in Operations Research.

Designfax, August 2006

Maple Toolbox for MATLAB
“The Maple Toolbox for MATLAB consists of two components, Maple 10 — a tool for solving complex mathematical problems and creating rich, executable technical documents — and the Maple-MATLAB Connector”

Scientific Computing, August 2006
BlockBuilder for Simulink

Blockbuilder is a mathematical modeling environment that offers automated export to Simulink. Featuring Maple mathematical software, the modeling environment enables engineers to develop ideas from initial concepts to high fidelity physical models and automatically generate S-Function blocks.

Designfax, Most Requested Software Products, August 2006
Mathematical modeling environment

“BlockBuilder is … designed to allow users to fully encapsulate their analysis, manipulations, transformation, code generation, verification, and documentation in a flexible mathematical environment.”

Designfax, August 2006
Honk if you love your TI-89

"An International survey by Maplesoft finds scratchpads and calculators most-often-used design and analysis tools. With more than 2,000 participants, the survey offers what Maplesoft describes as unprecedented insight into the daily practices, experiences, and perceptions of the technical user community."

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