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Math & Modeling Made Simpler

While the high-performance software package Maple from Maplesoft (www.maplesoft.com; Waterloo, Ontario) has long been used by engineers for solving mathematical problems and to create related technical documents, Jim Cooper, company CEO, says, “We wanted to make the product easy to use.” After all, the problems to be solved are tough enough.

While the high-performance software package Maple from Maplesoft (www.maplesoft.com; Waterloo, Ontario) has long been used by engineers for solving mathematical problems and to create related technical documents, Jim Cooper, company CEO, says, “We wanted to make the product easy to use.” After all, the problems to be solved are tough enough. And so this ease of use is one of the notable features of the latest release, Maple 12—which also has improvements to solvers for differential equations, partial differential equations, and algebraic equations. What’s more, there is a new plotting guide, shown in this picture, which provides easy access to the plotting types, including dual-axis plots, polar plots, and specialized types, such as root-locus plots. In addition to which, there is direct connectivity between it and CAD systems including SolidWorks and Autodesk Inventor, thereby providing a seamless way to perform significant analyses of CAD models through the Maple tool. Cooper describes this last as “a huge difference,” explaining that one benefit of the CAD connectivity is that prototyping can be done in the system, thereby improving time as well as reducing the cost of physical modeling.—GSV