What's New in Maple 12?
The following is a summary of the major improvements in Maple 12. For an index of the updates, see the Index of New Maple 12 Features.
Smart Document Environment
The World's Richest Computational Environment
Fully Integrated in your Existing Workflow
Resources for Education
Maple's smart document environment is easy to learn and easy to use. New features in Maple 12 include new plotting and visualization tools, additional support for document creation, and more resources for easy "clickable math" interaction.
New plotting capabilities include dual axis plots, polar plots, and specialized engineering plots such as frequency domain responses and root-locus plots.
Improved interactive 2-D plot customizations are maintained on re-execution.
The Exploration Assistant allows you to instantly create interactive mini-applications used to explore the parameters of expressions. Other improved "clickable" tools include palettes, task templates, and the drawing canvas.
New interactive embedded components include dials, gauges, and radio buttons.
Command completion templates provide a fill-in-the-blank approach to common commands.
More document layout templates, document headers and footers, and table enhancements make it even easier to create polished documents.
New code edit regions, including a start-up code region for initialization code, provide a convenient means of developing your programs directly inside the final application document.
The Maple Portal for Students acts as a guide for hundreds of common tasks from mathematics courses. The portal makes use of interactive assistants, context menus, and task templates, including over a dozen new task templates created for the portal.
A new Plotting Guide provides easy access to Maple's plotting types and options, while the updated Getting Started Guide for new users includes many more examples using interactive, "clickable" methods for problem-solving.
Improved help pages offer the choice between 2-D and 1-D math display.
Maple delivers a vast breadth of mathematical coverage, offering high-performance computing with optimized numeric and symbolic routines. Maple 12 enriches the computational environment even further.
Improvements to solvers for differential equations (ODEs), partial differential equations (PDEs), and differential algebraic equations (DAEs) continue to strengthen Maple's world-leading position in numeric and symbolic differential equation solving. Enhancements include the ability to symbolically solve entire classes of ODEs for which no algorithms previously existed, and support for user-defined events in numeric solutions to DE and DAE initial value problems.
The new Dynamic Systems package offers a large selection of analytic and graphing tools for linear time-invariant systems.
Wavelet transforms have been added to the Discrete Transforms collection.
Performance improvements include fast block copy for matrices and powerful multi-dimensional data interpolation functionality.
The Student Vector Calculus package has been updated to take advantage of recent enhancements in vector calculus support inside Maple.
Various programming improvements include improved syntax for entering and indexing arrays and matrices.
Multi-threading enhancements make multi-threaded programs easier to write and more efficient.
Numerous improvements and additions include the new ability to analyze and solve systems of parameterized polynomial equations and inequalities, and enhancements to equation solving, number theory, and linear algebra.
Maple can be integrated into your existing workflow. Maple 12 offers connectivity to many new tools, as well as enhancements to existing functionality.
CAD connectivity adds important analysis capabilities to CAD systems.
MATLAB(R) to Maple code translation allows you to leverage existing work.
Database connectivity gives you the ability to apply analysis and visualization tools to large datasets.
Code generation and the Maple compiler now support complex arithmetic and elementary functions.
Maplesoft has developed a wide selection of resources for teachers and students.
The Teacher Resource Center provides sample applications, course material, training, and best practices, including:
Clickable Calculus(TM) applications illustrating interactive "clickable" techniques for solving problems from calculus and other subjects.
Movies and recorded seminars demonstrating clickable math techniques for a variety of subjects.
Tips and Techniques for the classroom.
Podcasts on subjects related to the use of technology in teaching and learning.
The Student Help Center is designed to help students get the most out of their Maple experiences. Resources include:
A Student Help Forum where students can get answers from experts.
Free access to the Math Oracles, a collection of online tools for solving a variety of common mathematical problems.
Training movies designed especially for students.
The Math Homework Resource Guide, a collection of recommended homework help sites.
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