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# Maple

What is Maple: Product Features

Maple is math software that combines the world’s most powerful math engine with an interface that makes it extremely easy to analyze, explore, visualize, and solve mathematical problems. With Maple, you aren’t forced to choose between mathematical power and usability, making it the ideal tool for both education and research.

### Mathematics

Maple has over 5000 functions covering virtually every area of mathematics, including calculus, algebra, differential equations, statistics, linear algebra, geometry, and much more. Here are just a few of the many areas of mathematics Maple can handle:

##### Symbolic and Numeric Math

The Maple computation engine combines high-performance numeric computations with world-leading symbolic capabilities.

##### Comprehensive Mathematics

Maple contains comprehensive, in-depth coverage of a vast range of mathematical topics.

##### Equation Solving

Maple can solve a wide range of equations and systems of equations.

##### Differential Equations

Maple can solve differential equations problems no other system can handle.

##### Differential Calculus

Maplesoft offers an extensive collection of products and free resources to support teaching and learning differential calculus.

##### Linear Algebra

Maple has efficient and comprehensive linear algebra support for both small- and large-scale problems.

##### Optimization

Maple has flexible, powerful tools for solving optimization problems.

##### Group Theory

The Maple Group Theory package has over 150 commands for constructing groups, examining their properties, performing operations, and visualization.

##### Statistics and Data Analysis

The Statistics package, like Maple itself, combines the advantages of numerical and symbolic approaches to problem solving.

##### Units and Dimensions

You can assign units to your input variables, and the necessary dimensional analysis is performed by Maple to give you the correct unit in your result.

##### Tolerances

Maple allows you to perform precision computations with quantities involving tolerances. Tolerances are entered and displayed using standard notation, for example, 1.45 ± 0.05.

### Interface

##### Math Equation Editor

With Maple’s equation editor, you can express complicated mathematical problems easily using standard mathematical notation.

##### Visualization

Maple provides an extensive suite of visualization tools. Create 2-D and 3-D plots and animations interactively using the Plot Builder Assistant and context-sensitive menus.

##### Plot Annotations and Customizations

In Maple, you can customize and annotate plots easily using the Plot Builder Assistant, context-sensitive menus, or options in plot commands.

##### Context-Sensitive Menus

In Maple, context-sensitive menus allow you to perform mathematical operations by simply clicking the object and selecting the desired operation from the menu of choices provided.

##### Smart Popups and Drag-to-Solve™

Smart Popups and Drag-to-Solve™ are part of Maple's collection of Clickable Math tools, which also include palettes, interactive assistants, context-sensitive menus, tutors, and more. These tools make it easy to learn, teach, and do mathematics with Maple.

##### Interactive Assistants

Maple includes many interactive assistants that allow you to perform related tasks in a single point-and-click environment.

##### Task Templates

Task templates provide convenient, fill-in-the-blank problem solving for hundreds of tasks.

##### Interactive Components: Buttons, Sliders, Dials, and More

In Maple, you can embed interactive components in your document. Using elements such as sliders, buttons, dials, and gauges, your document becomes both a technical report and an easy-to-use application.

##### Variable Manager

The variable manager provides easy access to all variables in your Maple session, allowing you to better manage your documents, quickly assess the state of your computations, and inspect variable values without the need to navigate through the document.

##### MapleCloud

Easy access to the MapleCloud gives you a revolutionary way to share work with colleagues and students.

##### Live Data Plots

Live Data Plots help with insight, understanding, and publication of your data, all at the click of a button.

##### Slideshows

With Maple's slideshow mode, you can solve problems, document your work, and present your solution, all in a single document and environment.

##### Handwritten Symbol Recognition

To help you find a symbol that you need from a collection of over 1000 symbols, Maple allows you to use your mouse to sketch the symbol in the Symbol Recognition palette as you would draw it on paper.

##### Exploration Assistant

The Exploration Assistant allows you to instantly create interactive mini-applications, which can be used to explore the parameters of expressions.

##### International Language Support

Maplesoft provides support in Maple for a variety of languages.

### Application Areas

##### Financial Modeling

Maple has many tools for advanced financial modeling, as well as accessible tools for personal finance.

##### Statistics and Data Analysis

The Statistics package, like Maple itself, combines the advantages of numerical and symbolic approaches to problem solving.

##### Physics

Maple allows you to study and tackle a large range of problems in computational physics, including problems in classical mechanics, quantum physics, and relativistic field theory.

##### Control Design

Maple, in conjunction with MapleSim and the MapleSim Control Design Toolbox, provides extensive capabilities for plant modeling and advanced control system design.

##### Signal Processing

Maple offers signal processing tools for analyzing and manipulating data in the frequency and time domains.

##### Thermophysical Properties

With Maple, you can perform calculations with thermophysical properties of pure fluids, humid air and mixtures, generate customized psychrometric charts, and more.

### Application Development

##### Code Editor

The code editor offers many features to assist in writing, reading, and debugging Maple code.

##### Interactive Components: Buttons, Sliders, Dials, and More

In Maple, you can embed interactive components in your document. Using elements such as sliders, buttons, dials, and gauges, your document becomes both a technical report and an easy-to-use application.

##### Exploration Assistant

The Exploration Assistant allows you to instantly create interactive mini-applications, which can be used to explore the parameters of expressions.

##### Snippets Palettes

Maple puts over 30 different palettes at your disposal to help with numerous tasks, including building and editing mathematical expressions, keeping track of variables, and sharing documents with other users.

##### Code Generation

Maple’s code generation feature allows you to easily deploy your solutions to other programming languages.

##### Maple Player

The free Maple Player lets you share your interactive Maple applications with people who do not have Maple.

##### Programming

Maple includes a full featured programming language that can be used to create scripts, programs, and full applications.

### High Performance Computing

##### Automatic Parallelism

Maple takes advantage of the full processing power of your computer, automatically detecting and using all available processor cores to perform many computations in parallel.

##### Multi-process Programming on a Local Grid

Maple now allows you to launch multiple compute processes right from the user level without the need for any prior setup or administration.

##### Multithreaded Programming

Maple is the only technical computing system that allows you to take advantage of multithreading in your own programs. The Maple programming language offers direct access to launching and controlling threads.

##### Grid Computing (Parallel Distributed Computing)

Distributed systems offer fantastic gains when it comes to solving large-scale problems. By sharing the computation load, you can solve problems too large for a single computer to handle, or solve problems in a fraction of the time it would take with a single computer.

##### CUDA Support

Maple can take advantage of CUDA-enabled graphics cards to leverage the tremendous computational power of those cards, dramatically speeding up key computations.

### Connectivity

##### Overview of Connectivity Features

Maple can be easily integrated with other tools using a wide range of connectivity features.

##### MATLAB® Connectivity

Maple provides several different connectivity options for MATLAB®.

##### CAD Connectivity

Maple adds important analysis capabilities to CAD systems, giving CAD users the ability to use Maple's computational power to analyze and optimize designs.

##### Internet Connectivity

Using Maple, you can connect to data feeds, online databases, and other sources of Internet and intranet information, and incorporate that data automatically into Maple applications.

##### Database Connectivity

With built-in database connectivity, Maple allows engineers and scientists to quickly develop and deploy powerful applications that combine large enterprise datasets with the state-of-the-art analysis and visualization tools of Maple.

##### Code Generation

Maple’s code generation feature allows you to easily deploy your solutions to other programming languages.

##### Quandl Data Sets

Utilize Maple’s tools for statistics and data analysis on Quandl’s extensive collection of data. Over 12 million time series data sets are available directly from within Maple; no extra packages are required.

### Education

##### Tutors

Maple provides a large collection of built-in, point-and-click learning tools for most key topics in calculus, algebra, and more.

##### Math Apps

Use interactive features and visualization to explore mathematical concepts.

##### Maple Portal for Students

The Maple Portal for Students acts as a starting point for hundreds of common tasks from mathematics courses, and anticipates the question "How do I ..." in Maple.

##### Task Templates

Task templates provide convenient, fill-in-the-blank problem solving for hundreds of tasks.

##### Smart Popups and Drag-to-Solve™

Smart Popups and Drag-to-Solve™ are part of Maple's collection of Clickable Math tools, which also include palettes, interactive assistants, context-sensitive menus, tutors, and more. These tools make it easy to learn, teach, and do mathematics with Maple.

##### Context-Sensitive Menus

In Maple, context-sensitive menus allow you to perform mathematical operations by simply clicking the object and selecting the desired operation from the menu of choices provided.

##### Statistics Education

Maple provides a rich environment for statistics education, helping teachers present and students understand a wide variety of topics from probability and statistics.

##### Student Packages

Student packages offer focused learning environments in which students can explore and reinforce fundamental concepts in the same way their instructor does in class.

##### MapleCloud

Easy access to the MapleCloud gives you a revolutionary way to share work with colleagues and students.

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