Introduction to Maple

This term we will offer a brief introduction to the computer algebra program Maple. We feel that mathematics students should be aware of the capabilities of programs of this sort.  You will find that your textbook gives many examples of Maple code to parallel your work in the course.  You are strongly encouraged to play with this program.

Note:  This is a rather longwinded document.  In two weeks, you will be sufficiently comfortable with your mac, that I could reduce this entire mess to the following: ``Retrieve Maple V from PUBLIC/Licensed Software/Keyserver Controled Software/Limited Support, and install it on your mac.''  Unfortuantely, you may not yet be that comfortable with the mac, so what follows should be as close to step-by-step instructions as I can manage.
 

Downloading and Installing Maple.
  1. Mount the PUBLIC file server.  You may have an ``alias'' on your desktop which looks like the Dartmouth shield (double click on it), or maybe there is a line in your Apple menu that says PUBLIC (select it).  If not, use the Apple menu and select Chooser.  When it opens, select AppleShare (in the upper left-hand box).  Then in the Appletalk Zones below, select Hosts.  When you do this ``DartFiles'' appears in the top right box.  Select it, and click OK.  When a dialog box appears, click on the ``Guest'' button, and click OK.  The next dialog box should list PUBLIC in it.  Select it (if not already highlighted) and click OK.  PUBLIC has now mounted on your desktop.  You may close the Chooser.  You can make an alias of this fileserver by selecting it, and choosing ``Make alias'' from the File menu.  Just for fun, throw the PUBLIC icon (not the PUBLIC alias) in the trash.  Henceforth to mount PUBLIC, just double click on the alias.
  2. Open PUBLIC (if not already open).  If you don't know about Stuffit Expander, drag the document ``About the Compression''  (top right) to your hard disk where it will be copied.
  3. Navigate to the Maple folder:    Open Licensed Software,  then KeyServer Controlled Software, then Limited Support.
  4. Drag the Maple V folder onto your hard disk icon, and the folder will be copied to our hard disk.  Note:  this could take a couple of minutes; it's a 9M file.
  5. Throw PUBLIC into the trash (after the copy is complete).
  6. It will probably help if you organize your hard disk a little.  If you don't have a folder called Applications, make one, and use it to keep things like BlitzMail, Word, Excel, Netscape, Acrobat Reader, and Maple in there.  So move your Maple V folder into your Applications folder, and open it.  You should see Maple V install*READ ME! and Maple V Release4.sit.
  7. Check for the presence of Stuffit Expander on your hard disk.  If the people setting up your machine were nice to you, there may be an alias on your desktop.   If not, follow along.  From the File menu, select ``Find''.  In the appropriate field type in ``stuffit expander'', and click Find.  This will list all occurrences of documents on you hard disk with stuffit expander appearing in the name.  In the Items Found window (I am presuming it has been found), select  (one click) the application program Stuffit Expander.  Below it will list the path to follow to find it.  If you are lazy, you can just double click on the last folder which contains it, and that folder will be brought to the front of your desktop.  For convenience, select Stuffit Expander, make an alias of it, and put the alias on your desktop.  You can then close the folder.  If for some reason Stuffit Expander is not found on your hard disk, read the document ``About the Compression" which you copied earlier for how to obtain it.
  8. Unstuff Maple.  To uncompress it, drag the file  Maple V Release4.sit  onto  Stuffit Expander or an alias of it, and sit back for a minute.
  9. You can move the new ``Maple V Release 4'' folder out of the Maple V folder.
  10. Read the ``Maple V Install*READ ME!'', and do what it says.  Afterwards you can throw away the original Maple V folder (NOT the new one!)
Testing the Installation.
  1. Open the new Maple V Release 4 folder.  To test things, just double click on the ``Maple (PPC)'' icon.  If the application starts successfully, you can quit it, and skip to Downloading the Maple Primer.
Troubleshooting.
  1. If the application failed to start successfully, you most likely have a problem with the keyserver.  First determine whether you have Key Access in your System/Extensions folder.  You can do this by either looking there directly or using the Find feature (File Menu) to look for Key Access.  If it is not there, you must get it from PUBLIC.  To do so, mount PUBLIC, and navigate to Licensed Software, then KeyServer Controlled.  Opening the latter, you will see Key Access.  Drag it to you hard disk.  When done, throw PUBLIC into the trash.  Drag KeyAccess on top of your System folder.  It should grab it and ask if you want it in your extensions folder.  Say yes.  You may have to restart your machine.  To determine whether you need to, try the next step.  If you can't follow through on the instructions, reboot and resume your instructions at this point.
  2. Now open the Chooser (Apple Menu).  Select KeyAccess.  Select Kiewit for a zone.  Then select Dartmouth Keyserver.  Finally click the Log On button.  You should now be all set.  Close the chooser, and test the application as in the previous step.  If it works, continue.  If not, you'll have to contact me for help.  You will need to tell me the details of what went wrong.
Downloading the Maple Primer.
  1. Finally, you should download an elementary Maple primer which we have prepared for you. This document is available in a pdf format. This is a common format for many documents on the web which renders a good image and is printable on both ink jet and laserwriter printers.   Most of our handouts will be in this format, so be sure you are able to handle it.
  2. To read the pdf file, you need Acrobat Reader.   You should already have it on your mac (Use Find to check), however, if you don't, you can download it from PUBLIC, and install it on your mac. You will find the installer at:  PUBLIC/Core Dartmouth Software/Acrobat Reader/Acrobat Reader Installer 3.01.  Drag this to your hard disk, and double click to install.
  3. After installation, open up the Acrobat folder. Transfer the PDFViewer plugin from the Web Browser Plug-in folder to the Plug-ins folder in your Netscape Navigator folder. Also, check the fonts folder in your Acrobat folder. If you find a control panel called ~ATM there, transfer it to your system folder. Restart your mac, and henceforth you can just click on any pdf document to read it.  In fact, when you attempt to download a document in pdf format (like the Maple Primer), Netscape should automatically open Acrobat Reader for you.  To print the document, choose Print from the Netscape file menu.
  4. To view the pdf version of the primer, click on the Maple primer.
  5. Print a copy, then start up the Maple program and follow along with the primer.