Math 3 Section 2, Winter 2004

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Material used in the class: Maple demos and handouts

What is Maple?

Maple is a computer program for doing a variety of symbolic, numeric, and graphical computations. Such a program is commonly called a CAS, short for Computer Algebra System. Maple also provides a programming environment, with a syntax similar to that of pascal. In fact, most of the Maple commands are written in the Maple programming language. It is possible to look at the source for most of the Maple commands, and experience programmers can add their own modifications and extensions to Maple.

Maple was originally developed as a joint research project centered at the University of Waterloo and ETH Zurich. It is now marketed by MapleSoft.

What kind of problems can Maple solve?

Maple performs best on problems involving symbolic, as opposed to numerical computation. However, it is generally easier to use Maple on numerical problems rather than write programs in FORTRAN or C, for numerical calculations that are not too involved. Maple also provides the user with a lot of graphical power.

Where one can find tutorials and guides for Maple?

Extensive Learning Guide and Getting Started Guide can be downloaded from MapleSoft. Tutorials and examples are available from Maple Application Center.

How can Maple be used at Dartmouth?

Introduction: Basic information about the course.

2.1 Tangent Problem: Maple demo in Maple Worksheet format, in HTML format and as a Maplet (Maple Applet).

2.2 Limits of functions: Maple demo in Maple Worksheet format and in HTML format.

2.3 Limit laws: full page and in the pocket size handouts.

2.3 The Squeeze Theorem: Maple demo in Maple Worksheet format and in HTML format.

2.5 The Intermediate Value Theorem: Maple demo in Maple Worksheet format and in HTML format.

3.2 Derivatives of functions: Maple demo in Maple Worksheet format and in HTML format.

3.3 Differentiation Formulas: full page and in the pocket size handouts.

3.7 Implicit differentiation: Maple demo in Maple Worksheet format and in HTML format.

4.5 Summmary of curve sketching: pocket size handout.

4.9 Newton's method: Maple demo in Maple Worksheet format and in HTML format.

5.1 Properties of the Definite Integral: full page and in the pocket size handouts.

7.2* Laws of Logarithms: Maple demo in Maple Worksheet format and in HTML format.

7.2*-7.4* Laws of Logarithms and Exponents: full page and in the pocket size handouts.

7.5 Inverse Trigonometric Functions: full page and in the pocket size handouts.