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Since we’re almost at the end of the year, I thought it would be interesting to look back at our most popular webinars for academics in 2015. I found that they fell into one of two categories: live streaming webinars featuring Dr. Robert Lopez and Maple how-to tutorials.  (If you missed the live presentation, you can watch the recordings of all these webinars below.)

The first and second most popular webinar were, unsurprisingly, both of the live streaming webinars that featured Dr. Robert Lopez (Emeritus Professor at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and Maple Fellow at Maplesoft). These webinars were streamed live to an audience and allowed many people to get their first glimpse of the man behind the Clickable Calculus series and Teaching Concepts with Maple:

1.       Eigenpairs Enlivened

In this webinar, Dr. Robert Lopez demonstrates how Maple can enhance the task of teaching the eigenpair concept, and shows how Maple bridges the gap between the concept and the algorithms by which students are expected to practice finding eigenpairs.

2.       Resequencing Concepts and Skills via Maple's Clickable

In this webinar, Dr. Lopez presents examples of what "resequencing" looks like when implemented with Maple's point-and-click syntax-free paradigm. Not only can Maple be used to elucidate the concept, but in addition, it can be used to illustrate and implement the manipulations that ultimately the student must master.

The next three were all brief webinars on how to complete specific tasks in Maple 2015. Just under a dozen of these were created in 2015 and they were all quite popular, but these three stood out above the rest:

3.       Working with Data Sets in Maple

This video walks through examples of working with several types of data in Maple, including visualizing stock and commodity data, forecasting future temperatures using weather data, and analyzing macroeconomic data, such as employment statistics, GDP and other economic indicators.

4.       Custom Color Schemes in Maple

This webinar provides an overview of the colorscheme option for coloring surfaces, curves and collections of points in Maple, including how to color with gradients, according to function value or point position. Examples of how the colorscheme option is used with various commands from the Maple library are also demonstrated.

 5.       Working with Units in Maple

Maple 2015 allows for more fluid and natural interaction with units. This webinar provides an overview of the new unit formatting controls and new Temperature object, and demonstrates how to compute with units and tolerances.

Are there any topics you’d like to see Robert cover in upcoming webinars? Or, any Maple how-to videos you think would be a helpful addition to our library? Let us know in the comments below!


Philip Yasskin, a long-time Maple user and professor at Texas A&M University is passionate about getting young people engaged in mathematics. One of his programs is SEE-Math: a two-week summer day camp for gifted middle school children interested in math. Maplesoft has been a long-standing supporter of SEE-Math, providing software and prizes for the campers.

A major project in SEE-Math is developing computer animations using Maple. Students spend their time creating various animations, in hopes of taking the top prize at the end of the workshop. A slew of animations are submitted, some with pop-culture references, elaborate plot lines, and incredible detail. The top animations take home prizes, while all animations from that year are featured on the SEE-Math website.

Maplesoft proudly sponsors this event, and many like it, to promote interest in STEM education. To see all of the animations from this year’s SEE-Math camp, please visit: You can find the animations listed under “Euler,” “Godel,” “Noether,” and “Ramanujan,” found halfway down the page.

I'll be vacationing in Amsterdam May 1-11. I was wondering if there are any Maple-related activities or institutions there that I might visit. I believe that the Netherlands has somewhat of a national drive toward the use of computer algebra in education, much more so than the United States. Can anyone here confirm that? And if that's true, is Maple a big part of it?


It's been 3+ months since we launched this new, experimental, Maple Physics: Research & Development webpage, containing fixes and new developments around the clock made available to everybody. Today we are extending this experience to Differential Equations and Mathematical functions, launching the Maple Differential Equations and Mathematical Functions: Research & Development Maplesoft webpage. Hey!

With these pages we intend to move the focus of developments directly into the topics people are actually working on. The experience so far has been really good, putting our development at high RPM, an exciting roller-coast of exchange and activity.

As with the Research version of Physics, when suggestions about DEs or Mathematical Functions are implemented or issues are fixed, typically within a couple of days when that is possible, the changes will be made available to everybody directly in this new Maplesoft webpage. One word of clarification: for now, these updates will not include numerical ODE or numerical PDE solutions nor their numerical plotting. Sorry guys. One step at a time :)

This first update today concerns Differential Equations: dsolve and pdsolve can now handle linear systems of equations also when entered in Vector notation (Matrices and Vectors), related to a post in Mapleprimes from October/29. Attached is a demo illustrating the idea.

Everybody is welcome to bring suggestions and post issues. You can do that directly in Mapleprimes or writing to While Differential Equations and Mathematical Functions are two areas where the Maple system is currently more mature than in Physics, these two areas cover so many subjects, including that there are the Research and the Education perspectives, that the number of possible topics is immense. 


Edgardo S. Cheb-Terrab
Physics, DEs and Mathematical Functions, Maplesoft

Recently, a Maplesoft customer service representative received an e-mail from one of our users with the subject line: A Simple Thank You. We wanted to share this message with you, as it demonstrates how the power and flexibility of Maple helped one student get ahead in his studies.

The following is an actual email we received from Eli E., which describes his experience using Maple as a university student.

Hello, my name is Eli...

Dear Maple users

I like to use animations in Maple for different educational purposes. The other day I tried making an animation simulating a simplified Epicycle, which is a small circle with its centre running on a larger circle. The smaller one has a ball running on it with a constant velocity. I used the following code:

> with(plots);
> with(plottools);
> omega := 1; k := 5; R := 5; r := 2;
> plot1 := plot([R*cos(omega*t), R*sin(omega*t), t = 0 .. 2*Pi]);

Being easy to use is nice, but being easy to learn with is better. Maple’s ease-of-use paradigm, captured in the phrases “Clickable Calculus” and “Clickable Math” provides a syntax-free way to use Maple. The learning curve is flattened. But making Maple easy to use to use badly in the classroom helps neither student nor instructor.

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In memory of a Friend. Maple 16 for Russian students.

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I did not come across with a sorting algorithm animation that allows me to enter my own data, so I decided to write one in Maple.

In this worksheet, you can create an animation on sorting the integers that you have entered. If you let the worksheet to generate the data for you, you can specify the sortedness of the data. This feature allows you to visualize how some algorithms perform better or worse on data of a certain characteristic: The time complexity may not be...

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