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Maple7 is available for students, and installation instructions
have been posted on the
department's software web page.
You can learn a lot about Maple by reading its help... Learning Maple is not a
requirement for the class, and you can obtain maximum scores and achieve
complete understanding of the material without ever using this software.
Such type of knowledge may ease a bit your life in Math 8, or may come handy
with other occasions during your study years. I encourage you to get
familiar with Maple.
Here is the link to a
comprehensive introduction to Maple.
The above contains Java applets that generate direction fields for first order differential equations and phase portraits for systems of equations, respectively.
Author: John C. Polking, Rice University, Houston, TX.
Finally, below are some graphs that I have obtained, using Maple, when
I prepared the lectures for our class. Feel free to cut-and-paste any Maple
command contained in the files, and use them to start learning how to work
with Maple.
March 26, 2003 | Introduction to differential equations; Direction fields |
March 26a, 2003 | On a homework problem |
March 28, 2003 | More about direction fields; A mixing problem |
Problem 18, page 628 | Another comment on direction fields: the solution of Problem 18, page 628 |
April 21, 2003 | Taylor series and approximation by Taylor polynomials |
May 7, 2003 | Graphing space curves |
May 12, 2003 | Graphing functions of several variables |
May 14, 2003 | Limits of functions of two variables |
May 19, 2003 | Geometric significance of partial derivatives |
May 21, 2003 | Gradients: fundamental properties (drawn with Mathematica) |
May 23, 2003 | The gradient, the level curves and the graph (drawn with Mathematica) |
May 23, 2003 | A function with no critical points |