Mathematics 5, Winter 2008

The World According to Mathematics

Course DescriptionCourse Information Syllabus Homework Assignments
Friday Discussions Maple Stuff Take-home ExamsStudent Writing


Maple Stuff

On this page you will find things related to Maple. Maple is a computer algebra system and as such is very useful for symbolic and numerical calculations. We will be using Maple during the course. Hence, you should install Maple on your computer.

Here are the basic instructions for installing Maple.

Here's the download link for Mac users.

Here's the download link for Windows users.

Be sure to read the install instructions included in the downloaded file because the installation is not simply a "click through the NEXT buttons" operation. You should go to the Student Computing Help desk for assistance if you run into problems, or if you have an older Mac. Following are copies of the instruction files.

Instructions for Installing Maple v11 for Mac OS X at Dartmouth

System Requirements:
Intel-based Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later
Power PC (G4,G5) Mac OS X 10.3.9 or later
Requires 650 Mb of disk space
Recommended RAM 512 Mb

Extract the files from archive

Open the Maple11-for-Macintosh folder and run the installer for the type of Macintosh where you are installing Maple 11.

From the Easy Install Panel, click Customize and select Maple 11 Network License. Enter for the name of the license server.

Instructions for Installing Maple v11 for Windows at Dartmouth

System Requirements:
Windows XP or Vista
Recommended RAM memory 512 Mb
Requires 650 Mb of disk space

Extract the files from archive

Open the Maple11-for-Windows folder and run the installer which is Windows\Disk1\InstData\VM\WinNetworkInstaller.exe

Select a full install and select a network license. Enter for the name of the license server.

Once you have installed Maple you can download the following worksheet:

It will show you how to use a few beginning features of Maple. Make sure you activate the initial lines of a cell in the worksheet, by putting the cursor at the end of the line and hitting return. We do not expect you to write programs in Maple, but to be able to use and modify those Maple worksheets that you are given.

Later, we will be adding to this page Maple worksheets that we will be using in class and that you can download onto your own machines. In particular, we will be sending secret messages to each other using Maple.


Class Demos

Here you will find class demos that use Maple.
Maple Worksheets Date
Week 2: ISBN Algorithm January 14, 2008
Week 2: Pythagorean Triples January 18, 2008
Week 8: Prime Number Tester February 28, 2008


RSA Instructions and Tools

RSA Encryption Worksheets and Homework

Here you will find what you need to encode and decode secret messages in Math 5.

How RSA Works-1 [This is part 1 of an introduction in pdf.]

How RSA Works-2 [This is part 2 of an introduction in pdf.]

RSA Public Key Algorithm

Secret Messages in Math 5: Instructions

String to Number

Encoding Secret Messages

Decoding Secret Messages

Number to String

Homework for Monday, Mar. 3

A quantum leap in codes for secure transmisions, IHT, Jennifer I. Schenker, Jan. 28, 2004




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