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Learning to walk faster with high performance modelling
March 1, 2011
Maplesoft
The ability for robots to mimic humans is one of science's most talked about issues. The rewards for reproducing human movement and actions go far beyond engineering, having applications and ramifications for medical treatment, computer technology, defence, exploration and much more. A project using MapleSim physical modelling software at the University of Manchester, is helping to perfect the process of humanoid walking in robots.
MapleSim and Maple Used in Advanced Research Projects at the Automation, Robotics, and Mechatronics Lab at SUNY Buffalo
January 12, 2011
Maplesoft
The Automation, Robotics and Mechatronics (ARM) Lab is a research laboratory in the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences in The State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo. The lab combines an in-depth understanding of mathematical theory with experimental validation to develop a new generation of smart mechanical and mechatronic systems. Their work includes projects in haptic devices for surgical simulations, musculoskeletal simulation to refine human-machine interactions, cooperative payload transport by robot collectives, and omnidirectional wheeled robots.
Maple the ideal vehicle for algebra students at Bath University
July 15, 2010
Maplesoft

Maplesoft’s mathematics software, Maple, is being used at Bath University to provide a framework for the teaching of complex mathematics problem solving and for students to complete course work and assessment.

The Art of Modeling Seashell Morphology
May 27, 2010
Maplesoft

Modeling the varied shapes of seashells is an appealing application of several mathematical concepts that are introduced in multi-variable calculus. And despite the staggering variety of shell shapes found in nature, the growth of almost all seashells can be described in terms of three exponential functions and a closed curve that describes the shape of the shell’s aperture, or opening. The challenge in modeling the morphology of these seashells is that the process requires a tool that combines mathematical muscle, outstanding 3D graphics, and a powerful programming language. It’s in this combination of requirements that Maple truly excels.

Advanced teaching benefits with control hardware and modeling software
March 8, 2010
Maplesoft

Products supplied and supported by Adept Scientific are providing real teaching and research benefits at Bristol University. Use of a Quanser design control system is challenging students to look beyond the immediate project confines to find new solutions, whilst MapleSim modeling software is aiding postgraduate students in the development of robotic systems.

Chalmers University of Technology uses Maple T.A. to improve student success in mathematics
February 9, 2010
Maplesoft

Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, is considered one of Sweden’s most distinguished technical universities. The university’s programs are focused on research and teaching within technology and natural science, and mathematics is foundational to all technical programs offered at Chalmers. When the faculty at Chalmers realized that new students were struggling with advanced mathematics, they took immediate action.

Maple: A Natural Fit for Natural Convection
October 14, 2009
Maplesoft

At Gonzaga University, Professor Abdul Aziz teaches undergraduate mechanical engineering students about heat transfer, the study of how systems behave under the influence of heating or cooling. His students use the extensive symbolic capabilities in Maple to explore the principles and equations that govern natural convection without getting bogged down in complicated numerical methods.



Exploring Chaos and Dynamical Systems with MapleSim
March 16, 2009
Maplesoft

Dr. Stephen Lynch is a world class leader in the use of mathematical software in teaching and learning, and a renowned expert on dynamical systems and their applications. He teaches a range of courses at Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK, and has been nominated for a second time by MMU for a National Teaching Fellowship. Dr. Lynch has chosen to feature MapleSim in the second edition of his best-selling book, Dynamical Systems and Applications using Maple. The book introduces readers to the theory of dynamical systems through theoretical and practical examples, all illustrated with programs created with software tools from Maplesoft.

MapleSim used in the field of renewable energy engineering
February 9, 2009
Maplesoft

David Parker, an engineer with many years of experience working in electronics engineering and related fields, has always been interested in the topic of renewable energy, particularly solar energy. For a recent course on Laplace Transforms and Applications, Parker wrote a paper on the analysis in the s-domain of a series RLC circuit. In the paper, he predicts the response of a bandpass filter RLC circuit using theoretical Laplace transform techniques, and then compares his calculated results with simulated measurements from MapleSim and with the actual physical response of a breadboarded circuit. The resultant MapleSim simulations for frequency, impulse, step, and ramp responses matched the theoretical predictions extremely well.

“[My work] would have been much more difficult without Maple and MapleSim,” said Parker.

Building Better Mathematicians
January 23, 2009
Maplesoft
Math software technology from Maplesoft is helping Professor Roger Kraft to better teach math students at Purdue University Calumet. He uses Maple, the award-winning math tool, to give students a greater understanding of the subject, help clarify concepts taught in the classroom, and deliver an interactive medium for exploring and visualizing functions.
Students and lecturers solve assessment problems using Maple T.A.
December 18, 2008
Maplesoft
The marking of mathematical questions is time consuming and prone to inconsistency, particularly when assessing problem-solving skills. At the University of Portsmouth Maple T.A., a web-based system developed by Maplesoft for creating tests and assignments and automatically assessing student performance, has not only enabled the efficient and accurate marking of examinations papers, but has also allowed their peer moderation by students.
Maple and Moodle Transform Math Teaching at the University of Turin:The E-Learning Project of the Faculty of Sciences
December 18, 2008
Matteo Baldoni, Sandro Coriasco, Marina Marchisio, Sergio Rabellino
The Faculty of Sciences at the University of Turin started in 2007 the Project “E-learning and interactive teaching”, financially supported by the Compagnia di SanPaolo of Turin. This Project is aimed at extending the e-learning services offered by the Faculty to its students and enriching the traditional teaching of Mathematics with the new technologies available nowadays. One of the highlights of this project has been the use of the Maplesoft suite of products (Maple, MapleNet, Maple TA), making them the “core” of the preparation and distribution of the didactic material. Maplesoft products were made available mainly within the open source e-learning platform “Moodle”, widely adopted in Italian Universities.
RMIT University in Australia transforms teaching and assessment using Maple
September 16, 2008
Maplesoft
With the rapid advancement of technology and the introduction of powerful software tools, engineers are increasingly using software products for computation and design. To prepare their engineering students for the job market, the faculty at RMIT University in Melbourne faced the challenge of introducing several software products into the engineering curriculum. It was Maple from Maplesoft, the world-leading tool for solving complex mathematical problems and creating rich technical documents that met their curriculum needs and proved to be most effective in their teaching.
Professor of Mathematics redefines math education with the help of Maple
July 7, 2008
Maplesoft

“Mathematics is not old or static; it is alive and students need to experience it,”exclaims Professor Laureano Gonzalez-Vega, describing his philosophy on math education. In his years of teaching, Prof. Gonzalez-Vega has realized that students spend a lot of time trying to understand the mathematic and scientific formulas that are the basis for concepts in scientific or engineering programs, often without much success. He introduced Maple in his courses and Prof. Gonzalez-Vega noticed positive changes in his students’ approach and in their results. With the new software, the students found it much easier and faster to solve problems and understand the mathematics.

University of Guelph partners with Maplesoft to measure the effect of technology in the classroom
December 18, 2007
Maplesoft

Most educators agree that technology can have a beneficial impact on mathematics students, and ample anecdotal evidence from individual teachers and classes supports that position. What is less clear is the extent of the impact of emerging technology on student success, the types of tools that provide the most benefit, and the best practices to achieve these benefits. The University of Guelph, in partnership with Maplesoft, has launched a multi-year project to study these questions and to evolve the next generation of teaching techniques. In addition to Maple™, which has been used in many classrooms for years, the project employs newer technologies such as Maple T.A.™ (Maplesoft’s automated system for exercises and assignments), e-books, chat rooms, and blogging sites.

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