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I am very happy to announce the addition of 36 new videos to the Maple T.A. Tutorial section on the Maplesoft website. These videos demonstrate how to create questions using each of the different question types in Maple T.A. You’ll find videos for multiple choice, true and false, maple-graded, mathematical formula, and much more, including the new graph sketching and free-body diagram questions introduced in Maple T.A. 10.

Jonny
Maplesoft Product Manager, Maple T.A.

A new release of the Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite  is now available.

The latest release takes advantage of the streamlined interface, accessibility from tablets, and other new features of Maple T.A. 10. It also includes new testing content to determine if your students understand the concepts needed for success in their algebra and precalculus courses; new parallel versions of the calculus concepts readiness test; and improved searching and browsing of testing content.

To learn more, visit What’s New in Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite 10.

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Maplesoft regularly hosts live webinars on a variety of topics. Below you will find details on upcoming webinars we think may be of interest to the MaplePrimes community.  For the complete list of upcoming webinars, visit our website.

Creating Questions in Maple T.A. – Part #1

This webinar will demonstrate how to create questions in Maple T.A., Maplesoft’s testing and assessment solution for any course involving mathematics. The presentation will begin with an overview of the basic types of questions available, and then delve into how to create various types of questions in Maple T.A. Incorporating algorithms and feedback directly into questions will also be touched on. Finally, the session will wrap up with an explanation and several examples of how to create better questions using the question designer.

This first webinar in a two part series will cover true/false, multiple choice, numeric, mathematical formula, fill in the blank, sketch, and FBD questions. A second webinar that demonstrates more advanced question types will follow.

To join us for the live presentation, please click here to register.

Clickable Calculus: Linear Algebra

In this webinar, Dr. Robert Lopez will apply the techniques of “Clickable Calculus” to standard calculations in Linear Algebra.

Clickable Calculus, the idea of powerful mathematics delivered using very visual, interactive point-and-click methods, offers educators a new generation of teaching and learning techniques. Clickable Calculus introduces 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 join us for the live presentation, please click here to register.

With the 2014 Maple T.A. User Summit completed and conference goers have returned to their home cities, it’s time to recap what happened on day 2. We started things off in the morning with an energized presentation by Prof. Jack Weiner of the University of Guelph. Jack pointed out that the University of Guelph has revolutionized their teaching and online homework solutions by using Maple and Maple T.A. He also gave an example of one of this famous Friday Specials – an example of math being used in the real world and discussed other teaching suggestions from his 40+ years of experience in the field.

Hi,

I'm using my own Maple package to make questions in Maple T.A.. I'm working with finite automata so I'd like to draw graphs in the text of the questions. I have a function that draws automata, it uses plots:-display as it's output. Is there a way that I can use plots:-display in plotmaple, like this? (This is example doesn't work, I'd like to know why and how I have to modify it.)

$circ=maple("geometry:-circle('Circ', [geometry:-point('PP',0,0),3]);
DRA:=geometry:-draw(Circ);
DISP:=plots:-display(DRA);
DRA;");
$plo=plotmaple("plots:-display($circ),plotdevice='gif', plotoptions='height=250, width=250'");

Thank you for the answers.

Reporting from Amsterdam, it's a pleasure to report on day one of the 2014 Maple T.A. User Summit. Being our first Maple T.A. User Summit, we wanted to ensure attendees were not only given the opportunity to sit-in on key note presentations from various university or college professors, high school teachers and Maplesoft staff, but to also engage in active discussions with each other on how they have implemented Maple T.A. at their institution.

We started things off by hearing an encouraging talk by Maplesoft’s president and CEO Jim Cooper. Jim started things off with a question to get everyone thinking; “How will someone born today be educated in the 2030s?” From there, we heard about Maplesoft’s vision on education, learning, and questions we have to ask ourselves today to be prepared for the future.

Up next was Louise Krmpotic, Director of Business Development. Louise discussed content and Maple T.A. This included an overview of our content team operations, what content is currently available today, and how users can engage themselves in the Maple T.A. community and get involved in sharing their own content with other users.

We then heard our first keynote presentation by Professor Steve Furino and Rachael Vanbruggen of the University of Waterloo.  We were provided with a brief history of the University of Waterloo and mathematics as well as their ever expanding initiative in brining math courses into an online environment both at the university level and high school level. We then heard in detail of how Maplesoft technologies have been implemented in various math courses and the successes and challenges of creating their own content.

I (Jonny Zivku, Product Manager of Maple T.A.) then delivered a presentation on all the new features in Maple T.A. 10. I won’t get into detail about the new features in this post, but if you’d like to read more about it, check out my previous post from a few weeks ago.

Meta Keijzer-de Ruijter of TU Delft University then took the floor and delivered our second keynote presentation. She discussed the history of Delft as well as the new initiative, the Delft Extension School. She then went on to discuss Delft’s experiences with implementing Maple T.A. at their campus and maintaining it since 2007 as well as how they’ve managed to maintain their academic integrity while using online tools. We also had the opportunity of seeing several examples of some of their excellent questions they’ve created which included adaptive, math apps, algorithms, maple-graded and more.

After a delicious lunch break, Paul DeMarco from Maplesoft, Director of Maple and Maple T.A. Development, talked about the future of testing and assessment. Paul went over various topics and how we envision them changing which included partial marks, skills assessment, learning, feedback, and content.

Jonathan Kress from the University of New South Wales was up next and discussed their experiences with implementing Maple T.A. into their mathematics and statistics courses at a first year, second year, and higher level of learning. He then discussed the various scenarios for how Maple T.A. is deployed which included both formative and summative testing. Moving on, we then were briefed on Maple T.A. use from a student's perspective and an overview of various pieces of content.

We then moved on to an engaging panel discussion which featured Grahame Smart, math and e-learning consultant, Professor Marina Marchisio of the University of Turin and Dr. Alice Barana also from the University of Turin. Grahame first started things off by discussing how he doubled the pass rates in his prevoius high school using investigative and interactive learning with Maple T.A. Marina and Dr. Barana then gave us a brief overview of Maple T.A. at the University of Turin and their exciting PP&S project. The panel then answered various questions from the audience

William Rybolt of Babson College then closed off the presentations with a discussion about how his school has been a long time user of EDU, Maple T.A.’s predecessor.  Going from ungraded web pages, web forms, and Excel, we heard about Babson’s attempts at converting paper-based assignments into an online format until 2003 when they decided to adopt EDU.

To end the day, we enjoyed a nice cruise on the canals of Amsterdam while enjoying a delicious three course meal. Not a bad way to end the day!

Jonny
Maplesoft Product Manager, Maple T.A.

Maplesoft regularly hosts live webinars on a variety of topics. Below you will find details on some upcoming webinars we think may be of interest to the MaplePrimes community.  For the complete list of upcoming webinars, visit our website.

Maplesoft Solutions for Math Education

This webinar will demonstrate how Maplesoft’s solutions for mathematics education help teachers bring complex problems to life, allow students to focus on concepts rather than the mechanics of solutions, and offer students the necessary practice to master the concepts being taught.

Key takeaways include:

• How to quickly and painlessly place incoming students in the correct math courses

• How you can use hundreds of intuitive Clickable Math tools to demonstrate and explore up to advanced-level problems and algorithms in the classroom

• How to automate your testing and assessment needs, specifically for math courses

• How to bring your STEM courses to life in an online environment

To join us for the live presentation, please click here to register.

Introduction to Maple T.A. Placement Test Suite 10

This webinar will provide an overview and demonstration of the latest release of the Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite. A result of the ongoing partnership between the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) and Maplesoft, this product gives you the ability to provide the renowned MAA placement tests in an online testing environment. Learn how the Maple T.A. MAA Placement Test Suite can greatly simplify your placement process and explore the latest additions, including a streamlined interface and new tests to determine your students’ readiness for Precalculus and Algebra courses.

To join us for the live presentation, please click here to register.

There is also a recording available from another live webinar we did earlier this month: Introduction to Maple T.A. 10.

Several Maple T.A. users have developed comprehensive sets of question content and assignments to support full courses in Maple T.A. These questions are available through the Maple T.A. Cloud, and we have decided to also post the associated course modules on Maple Primes as an alternative way of accessing this content.

Below you will find a link to the Introductory Calculus Maple T.A.. course module developed by Keele University.

This testing content is freely distributed, and can be used in your own Maple T.A. tests either as-is, or with edits.

These questions are designed to accompany the first semester of an introductory honours calculus course. The course is intended primarily for students who need or expect to pursue further studies in mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering and computer science. With over 250 question, topics include: basic material about functions, polynomials, logs and exponentials, the concept of the derivative, and lots of practise exercises for finding derivatives and integrals, and material about series.

Jonny Zivku
Maplesoft Product Manager, Maple T.A.

Several Maple T.A. users have developed comprehensive sets of question content and assignments to support full courses in Maple T.A. These questions are available through the Maple T.A. Cloud, and we have decided to also post the associated course modules on Maple Primes as an alternative way of accessing this content.

Below you will find a link to the Introductory Calculus for Biological Sciences Maple T.A.. course module developed by the University of Guelph.

This testing content is freely distributed, and can be used in your own Maple T.A. tests either as-is, or with edits.

The Introductory Calculus for Biological Sciences course module is designed to cover a single-semester introductory calculus course for biological sciences students at the first-year university level. The questions are designed to span the topics listed below, allowing for practice, homework or testing throughout the semester.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Functions
  • Composite and Inverse Functions
  • Trigonometric Functions
  • Logarithms and Exponents
  • Sequences and Finite Series
  • Limits and Continuity
  • Derivatives
  • Curve Sketching
  • Differentials
  • Linear Approximation
  • Taylor Polynomials
  • Difference Equations
  • Log-Log Graphs
  • Anti-Differentiation
  • Definite Integrals

Jonny Zivku
Maplesoft Product Manager, Maple T.A.

Several Maple T.A. users have developed comprehensive sets of question content and assignments to support full courses in Maple T.A. These questions are available through the Maple T.A. Cloud, and we have decided to also post the associated course modules on Maple Primes as an alternative way of accessing this content.

Below you will find a link to the Introductory Mathematical Economics Maple T.A.. course module developed by the University of Guelph.

This testing content is freely distributed, and can be used in your own Maple T.A. tests either as-is, or with edits.

The Introductory Mathematical Economics course module is designed to cover a single-semester course in mathematical economics for economics and commerce students at the second-year university level. The questions are designed to span the topics listed below, allowing for practice, homework or testing throughout the semester.

Topics include:

  • Rules of Differentiation
  • First Order Differential Equations
  • Higher Order Derivatives
  • Optimization in One Variable
  • Second Order Conditions for Optimization
  • Systems of Linear Equations
  • Optimization with Direct Restrictions on Variables
  • Over Determined and Under Determined Systems
  • Matrix Representation of Systems
  • Gauss Jordan
  • Matrix Operations
  • Types of Matrices
  • Determinants and Inverses
  • Partial Differentiation
  • Second Order Partial Derivatives
  • Multivariate Optimization
  • Second Order Conditions for Multivariate Optimization
  • Multivariate Optimization with Direct Restrictions of Variables
  • Constrained Optimization and the Lagrangean Method
  • Second Order Conditions for Constrained Optimization

Jonny Zivku
Maplesoft Product Manager, Maple T.A.

Several Maple T.A. users have developed comprehensive sets of question content and assignments to support full courses in Maple T.A. These questions are available through the Maple T.A. Cloud, and we have decided to also post the associated course modules on Maple Primes as an alternative way of accessing this content.

Below you will find a link to the Introductory Electricity & Magnetism Maple T.A.. course module developed by the University of Guelph.

This testing content is freely distributed, and can be used in your own Maple T.A. tests either as-is, or with edits.

The Introductory Electricity & Magnetism course module is designed to cover a single-semester course in electricity and magnetism for physical sciences students at the first-year university level. The questions are designed to span the topics listed below, allowing for practice, homework or testing throughout the semester. Using the Maple engine that is part of Maple TA, a custom grading engine has been developed to provide even more flexible grading of scalar and vector responses. This partial grading engine can be configured to, among other things, assign part marks for missing units, transposed or missing vector components or missing algebraic terms.


Topics include:

  • Cross Products
  • Coulomb’s Law
  • Electric Fields
  • Point Charge Distributions
  • Continuous Charge Distributions (Integration)
  • Electric Potential
  • Electric Potential Energy
  • Electromotive Force
  • Resistance
  • Capacitance
  • Kirchhoff’s Laws
  • Magnetic Fields
  • Magnetic Fields Due to Current Carrying Wires
  • Forces on Wires in Magnetic Fields
  • Forces on Charges in Electric and/or Magnetic Fields
  • EM Waves
  • Two Source Interference
  • Double Slit Interference
  • Single Slit Diffraction
  • Diffraction Gratings

Jonny Zivku
Maplesoft Product Manager, Maple T.A.

Several Maple T.A. users have developed comprehensive sets of question content and assignments to support full courses in Maple T.A. These questions are available through the Maple T.A. Cloud, and we have decided to also post the associated course modules on Maple Primes as an alternative way of accessing this content.

Below you will find a link to the Calculus 1 Maple T.A.. course module developed by the University of Guelph. This course material also forms part of Teaching Calculus with Maple: A Complete Kit, which provides lectures notes, Maple demonstrations, Maple T.A. assignments, and more for teaching both Calculus 1 and Calculus 2.

This testing content is freely distributed, and can be used in your own Maple T.A. tests either as-is, or with edits.

The Calculus 1 course module is designed to accompany the first semester of an introductory honours calculus course. The course is intended primarily for students who need or expect to pursue further studies in mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering and computer science.

Topics include:

  • trigonometry including the compound angle formulas
  • inequalities and absolute values
  • limits and continuity using rigorous definitions, the derivative and various applications (extreme, related rates, graph sketching)
  • Rolle's Theorem and the Mean Value Theorem for derivatives
  • the differential and anti-differentiation
  • the definite integral with application to area problems
  • the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus
  • logarithmic and exponential functions
  • the Mean Value Theorem for Integrals

The Calculus 2 course module is designed to accompany the second semester of an introductory honours calculus course.

Topics include:

  • inverse trigonometric functions
  • hyperbolic functions
  • L'Hôpital's Rule
  • techniques of integration
  • parametric equations
  • polar coordinates
  • Taylor and MacLaurin series
  • functions or two or more variables
  • partial derivatives
  • multiple integration

Jonny Zivku
Maplesoft Product Manager, Maple T.A.

 

We are using your maple service and required your help in solving below problem '
1. Create a question type Maple Numeric with correct answer 27
2. If user gives 27d and 27e and on evaluate with your service getting response as true.

Please find the attached screens for more information. Also see request and response for numeric value 10 and if you see response even 10d is evaluating as true. This is wrong, please review and advice.

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mapleScript :: before substitution

expr1:="<math><cn>${#answer}</cn></math>"; expr2:="<math><cn>${#correctAnswer}</cn></math>"; expr3:="<math><cn>${#tolrence}</cn></math>";expr1 := StringTools[SubstituteAll](expr1, ",", "");expr1 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<apply>< *([a-zA-Z]+)[ /]*>" = "<apply><ci>\1</ci>", expr1);expr1 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<apply><ci>(plus|minus|divide|times|power)</ci>" = "<apply><\\1/>", expr1);expr1 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<apply><ci> *([a-zA-Z]+) *</ci>" = "<apply><ci>x_\\1</ci>", expr1);expr1 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<c[ni]> *([0-9]+\\.[0-9]+) *</c[ni]>" = "<apply><ci>convert</ci><cn>\\1</cn><ci>rational</ci><ci>exact</ci></apply>", expr1);expr2 := StringTools[SubstituteAll](expr2, ",", "");expr2 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<apply>< *([a-zA-Z]+)[ /]*>" = "<apply><ci>\\1</ci>", expr2);expr2 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<apply><ci>(plus|minus|divide|times|power)</ci>" = "<apply><\\1/>", expr2);expr2 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<apply><ci> *([a-zA-Z]+) *</ci>" = "<apply><ci>x_\\1</ci>", expr2);expr2 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<c[ni]> *([0-9]+\\.[0-9]+) *</c[ni]>" = "<apply><ci>convert</ci><cn>\\1</cn><ci>rational</ci><ci>exact</ci></apply>", expr2);expr1 := MathML[ImportContent](expr1);expr2 := MathML[ImportContent](expr2);expr := combine(expr1-expr2, [radical,power,trig,ln,power,radical], symbolic);expr3:=MathML[ImportContent](expr3);result := evalb(abs(simplify(expr, symbolic))<=expr3);result := evalb(result = true);if not result then result := evalb(abs(simplify(expr, assume = real))<=expr3) end if;result := evalb(result = true);

mapleScript :: (user input) 10d

expr1:="<math><cn>10d</cn></math>"; expr2:="<math><cn>10</cn></math>"; expr3:="<math><cn>0</cn></math>";expr1 := StringTools[SubstituteAll](expr1, ",", "");expr1 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<apply>< *([a-zA-Z]+)[ /]*>" = "<apply><ci>\1</ci>", expr1);expr1 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<apply><ci>(plus|minus|divide|times|power)</ci>" = "<apply><\\1/>", expr1);expr1 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<apply><ci> *([a-zA-Z]+) *</ci>" = "<apply><ci>x_\\1</ci>", expr1);expr1 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<c[ni]> *([0-9]+\\.[0-9]+) *</c[ni]>" = "<apply><ci>convert</ci><cn>\\1</cn><ci>rational</ci><ci>exact</ci></apply>", expr1);expr2 := StringTools[SubstituteAll](expr2, ",", "");expr2 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<apply>< *([a-zA-Z]+)[ /]*>" = "<apply><ci>\\1</ci>", expr2);expr2 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<apply><ci>(plus|minus|divide|times|power)</ci>" = "<apply><\\1/>", expr2);expr2 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<apply><ci> *([a-zA-Z]+) *</ci>" = "<apply><ci>x_\\1</ci>", expr2);expr2 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<c[ni]> *([0-9]+\\.[0-9]+) *</c[ni]>" = "<apply><ci>convert</ci><cn>\\1</cn><ci>rational</ci><ci>exact</ci></apply>", expr2);expr1 := MathML[ImportContent](expr1);expr2 := MathML[ImportContent](expr2);expr := combine(expr1-expr2, [radical,power,trig,ln,power,radical], symbolic);expr3:=MathML[ImportContent](expr3);result := evalb(abs(simplify(expr, symbolic))<=expr3);result := evalb(result = true);if not result then result := evalb(abs(simplify(expr, assume = real))<=expr3) end if;result := evalb(result = true);

evalResult ::
expr1 := "<math><cn>10d</cn></math>" expr2 := "<math><cn>10</cn></math>" expr3 := "<math><cn>0</cn></math>" expr1 := "<math><cn>10d</cn></math>" expr1 := "<math><cn>10d</cn></math>" expr1 := "<math><cn>10d</cn></math>" expr1 := "<math><cn>10d</cn></math>" expr1 := "<math><cn>10d</cn></math>" expr2 := "<math><cn>10</cn></math>" expr2 := "<math><cn>10</cn></math>" expr2 := "<math><cn>10</cn></math>" expr2 := "<math><cn>10</cn></math>" expr2 := "<math><cn>10</cn></math>" expr1 := 10. expr2 := 10 expr := 0. expr3 := 0 result := true result := true result := true

mapleScript :: (user input) 10
expr1:="<math><cn>10</cn></math>"; expr2:="<math><cn>10</cn></math>"; expr3:="<math><cn>0</cn></math>";expr1 := StringTools[SubstituteAll](expr1, ",", "");expr1 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<apply>< *([a-zA-Z]+)[ /]*>" = "<apply><ci>\1</ci>", expr1);expr1 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<apply><ci>(plus|minus|divide|times|power)</ci>" = "<apply><\\1/>", expr1);expr1 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<apply><ci> *([a-zA-Z]+) *</ci>" = "<apply><ci>x_\\1</ci>", expr1);expr1 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<c[ni]> *([0-9]+\\.[0-9]+) *</c[ni]>" = "<apply><ci>convert</ci><cn>\\1</cn><ci>rational</ci><ci>exact</ci></apply>", expr1);expr2 := StringTools[SubstituteAll](expr2, ",", "");expr2 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<apply>< *([a-zA-Z]+)[ /]*>" = "<apply><ci>\\1</ci>", expr2);expr2 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<apply><ci>(plus|minus|divide|times|power)</ci>" = "<apply><\\1/>", expr2);expr2 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<apply><ci> *([a-zA-Z]+) *</ci>" = "<apply><ci>x_\\1</ci>", expr2);expr2 := StringTools[RegSubs]("<c[ni]> *([0-9]+\\.[0-9]+) *</c[ni]>" = "<apply><ci>convert</ci><cn>\\1</cn><ci>rational</ci><ci>exact</ci></apply>", expr2);expr1 := MathML[ImportContent](expr1);expr2 := MathML[ImportContent](expr2);expr := combine(expr1-expr2, [radical,power,trig,ln,power,radical], symbolic);expr3:=MathML[ImportContent](expr3);result := evalb(abs(simplify(expr, symbolic))<=expr3);result := evalb(result = true);if not result then result := evalb(abs(simplify(expr, assume = real))<=expr3) end if;result := evalb(result = true);

evalResult ::
expr1 := "<math><cn>10</cn></math>" expr2 := "<math><cn>10</cn></math>" expr3 := "<math><cn>0</cn></math>" expr1 := "<math><cn>10</cn></math>" expr1 := "<math><cn>10</cn></math>" expr1 := "<math><cn>10</cn></math>" expr1 := "<math><cn>10</cn></math>" expr1 := "<math><cn>10</cn></math>" expr2 := "<math><cn>10</cn></math>" expr2 := "<math><cn>10</cn></math>" expr2 := "<math><cn>10</cn></math>" expr2 := "<math><cn>10</cn></math>" expr2 := "<math><cn>10</cn></math>" expr1 := 10 expr2 := 10 expr := 0 expr3 := 0 result := true result := true result := true

It is possible to add groups of questions to an assignment in Maple T.A. But how do you see the grades divided into these groups? As an example, suppose we have two groups of questions say 5 questions in the group "algebra" and 5 questions in the group "geometry". The class grades show the grades for all 10 questions all together, but I would like to see the grades for two groups individually.

 

 

Announcing the 2014 Maple T.A. User Summit

Maplesoft will be hosting the 2014 Maple T.A. User Summit this October 22-24 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. This conference discusses important trends in education, how technology is changing, and what all this means for educators and students. This is an opportunity for Maple T.A. users to learn first-hand how Maple T.A. is transforming testing and assessment, and non-users can also benefit by learning about current and future trends in online education.

Conference highlights include:

  • Expert advice from long term users on how they’re using Maple T.A.
  • Comprehensive hands-on Maple T.A. training
  • Demonstration of new features in Maple T.A., and where the technology is heading
  • Social events with Maplesoft staff and other educators from around the world

We invite users who are using Maple T.A. in an innovative way in their classroom to submit a presentation proposal by July 15th, 2014. For details, please visit: https://webstore.maplesoft.com/taconference/MapleTA_Summit_CFP.pdf

For more details, preliminary agenda, and to register, please visit our website: https://webstore.maplesoft.com/taconference/  

Jonny
Maplesoft Product Manager, Maple T.A.

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