## A room with a view

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This post is primarily a test of attaching pictures and documents within the environment. If this works, you should see a photo of the view from our rental apartment during my family's recent holiday in Tuscany, and you should be able to access a Maple document via the attachment. Any problems in viewing or detaching, contact me. Any questions on the apartment, see www.toscanacasevacanza.com.

I'm not sure what the snail-mail addresses are going to be used for. In any case, if they're going to be requested, it would be helpful to include a field for province/state information there. We currently have just "City" and "Country". As it is, there isn't enough information to create a mailing address from what's provided. (There's actually a Waterloo, Quebec, as I'm reminded of every time I go to theweathernetwork.com site.)

## Can the site navigation tabs be rearranged?

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Might it make better sense to have the 'Home' and 'About' site navigation tabs in the top right of the page to be reversed?

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It would be nice if the site could remember the login information, so that we don't have to log in every time.

## Mapping angles to a range of 0 to 360 degrees

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In some applications it is necessary to map an angle to a range of 0 to 360 degrees. Adding 360 degrees to an angle, or subtracting 360 from an angle does not change actually change the angle. One way to do this would be to add (or subtract) enough multiples of 360 degrees until the angle falls between 0 and 360. For example, given an angle of 400 you would subtract 360 to get an angle of 40 degrees. In Maple, this is easily accomplished by the following function.

Frem := (x,y) -> x - y*floor(x/y);

## MaplePrimes??!??

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Yesterday, I was in a Maplesoft management meeting where we concluded that the launch of MaplePrimes was to become the number one (or maybe two) priority for the company. So here it is ...

## Solitons: A Closer Look at Solitary Waves

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Solitary waves, or solitons were first described by Scott Russell, who noted the phenomenon while riding alongside a canal in 1834. He described a peculiar wave in the canal wave a single well-organized heap that propagated, seemingly without dissipation, for several miles. As a naval designer, Scott recognized that there were important things to be learned from these unusual waves.

## MaplePrimes Community Guidelines

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## Why doesn't Maple recognize the standard mathematical...

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Here is an example to illustrate the problem.
```
> y := SQRT(4);
y := SQRT(4)
```
To get the square root function, you must use the name "sqrt", because Maple is case sensitive. Other examples of this are:
• use "Pi" rather than "pi" to get 3.141etc
• use "exp(1)" rather than "e" to get 2.718etc
• use "I" rather than "i" to get the square root of minus 1
Also note that, for example, "Int" and "int" are both Maple commands, but work differently.

## What does "unexpected" mean?

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Here are some examples to illustrate syntax errors.
``` > fsolve((1-x)/x^2),x);
`)` unexpected
```
In this case, I made a typing error; there is an extra right parenthesis after the "2". Removing it fixes the problem.
```
> fsolve((1-x)/x^2,x);
1.

> y : = sqrt(4);
`=` unexpected
```
In this case, the problem is that the ":=" has a blank separating the ":" and the "=".
```
> y := sqrt(4);
y := 2

> by:=3;
`:=` unexpected
```
In this case, the problem is that the variable name "by" is a word

## What does "a constant is invalid as a variable"...

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Here are some examples illustrating this problem
```
> x:=3;
...various other calculations, during which you forget that you
gave x a value
> solve(2*x=1,x);
Error, (in solve) invalid arguments

> plot(2*x,x=-1..1);  No complaint is written out, but the plot is
just the line y=6.
```
Here x already equals 3, so it doesn't make sense to use it in an assertion like "2*x=1", and plotting "2*x" is just plotting "6". Just as the above section shows an example of having too many indeterminates, this example shows what happens when there are too

## Why doesn't my function definition work?

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Here are two correct ways to define functions.
```
> f:=2-x;           One way is by assigning a formula to a name.
> plot(f,x=-1..1);  If you use this method you can refer to f,
> solve(f=0,x);     BUT referring to "f(x)" yields nonsense.
> f(x);      WRONG
2 - x(x)

> f:=x->x^2;          Another way is by using an arrow.
> f(x);               If you use this method you can refer to f(x),
> f(1);               BUT referring to just "f" only yields "f",
> plot(f(x),x=-1..1); not the function.
> solve(f(x)=0,x);
```

## When I enter the same command repeatedly, why...

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Some commands change the internal state of the calculation, so the results have to be different each time. For example, if x is 1, entering x:=x+1; repeatedly obviously yields values of x that count up. A less obvious way that a command can do different things different times it is used is if it includes the % reference to the previous result. Then, the result from the command will depend on what the previous result was. It is less confusing to assign a name to a result you want to use again, rather than referring to it with %.
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