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I was computing an integral (Running Maple 18 on Windows 10):

The classic lenght of arc Integral of sqrt(1+(dy/dx)^2) dx

In this case, the function was a cartesian circle (x-R)^2+y^2=R^2 isolated as y=sqrt(R^2-(x-R)^2)

When I do the integration, the result of the integral is not correct.
But if I change R for a, the result is correct. Why? This does not make any sense.

R wasn't assigned to any variable. The code was:

Good Integral


Wrong Integral


In fact, any UPPERCASE letter used as the radius gives me the wrong answer whereas any LOWERCASE letter gives me the proper result. Why is this?

Thanks and have a nice day
EDIT: I added a Screenshot

A simple question:

Can I define a Vector using:

a) Initial Value (a), Final Value (b) and the number of elements (N) (assuming linear spacing)
For example: Starts at 1, finishes at 12 with 5 elements:

[ 1 , 3.75 , 6.5 , 9.25 , 12 ]

b) Initial Value (a), Final Value (b) and step (s)
For example: Starts at 2, finishes at 6 with a step of 0.5

[ 2 , 2.5 , 3 , 3.5 , 4 , 4.5 , 5 , 5.5 , 6]

but using only a,b and N ; or a,b and s directly?



I know this can be done using the seq command and some basic definitions:

In the first case:
Vector([ seq(a+(b-a)/N*i,i=0..N) ]); should do the trick

And the second case is even easier:

PS. I know for the second case that using any arbitrary step can result in loosing the final value "b" of the sequence because you won't step on b using that arbitrary step value.

As I said above. I just want to know if there is a direct way to define these cases.

Hello, I found this very strange behavior in Maple and I can't explain why this is not working

A little bit of context first:

1. I placed a polygon as a boundary for a section and then two polygons that correspond to inner holes to the first one.
2. Then I proceed to create a regular mesh that places N x M points spread across the region (OK here)
3. A procedure checks weather or not a Point is inside the region, on the borders or in the inner holes (OK here)
4. Then I want to select the closest (but exterior) ones so I can create a path using the mesh points.

Here is where I find the issue. I start at a vertex called V[1,1] and I want to arrive at V[1,2] (in the document they are blue solid points marked they are near-vertices near the original polygons). The procedure that I apply finds a path towards the V[1,2] as I was expecting but when the procedure hits the V[1,2] coordinates the while loop does not stop

The condition I wrote was:    while point<>V[1,2] do  where 'point' is correctly generated by another procedure.

This happens in a 40 by 50 mesh but with other configurations it works properly (there are also another kind of errors but it's inherent to lack of optimization in my procedures).

What baffles me is why doesn't it stop the cycle, if I test the condition outside the loop it DOES recognize the points are indeed equal. Is it something in Maple or is it something in my PC?

Thanks to anyone who can see the error or the problem because I don't understand the nature of the problem.


My question is quite simple yet maybe a bit hard since I understand that messing around with series can lead to dead ends.

Given a certain general term, for instance sum(x^n/n!,n=0..infinity): Can Maple recognize which function does it come from (in case such analytic function is known)? in the example I would expect it to return exp(x).

Thank you very much.


Due to an unexpected maintenance operation, I had to uninstall Maple 18 from my Windows 7-64 bit PC.

Later on I installed it without any problems but, to my surprise now I can't configure it properly. This is:

* Enabling Maple Text as Input (classical input method)
* Removing numbers from equations
* Setting Maple language to English (it took Spanish by default because of Windows)
* Hiding left panel

As usual, this is performed under Tools/Options/Interface and so on...

After I modify my preferred settings, apply globally and close-open again, the program is again in its original form.

How can I do in this case? I have installed it several times. It is also worth noting that the maintenance that I performed was related to deep Windows registry modifications. 

Thanks and regards.


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