Math 241 - Maple Workshop
Fall Semester, 2002

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Course Information for Math 241

Joseph M. Mahaffy

This page serves as an introduction to this five week MAPLE Workshop. (The course announcement provides some additional information about the course.) The workshop is designed to introduce students to the powerful symbolic algebra computer software, MAPLE. This website is being designed along with the course to provide you with outlines of the lectures, supplemental information, and assignment information. The most recent updates of class material that you will need for this course are announced on the Assignments page.

MAPLE is widely used by engineers, scientists, and mathematicians for solving a variety of mathematical problems. Students have found MAPLE invaluable in supporting a number of their upper division courses in Engineering and the Sciences. The Workshop will be held in the BAM 120 Computer Laboratory giving hands-on experience in every session. Prerequisite to this course is a knowledge in Calculus (Math 150 and 151).

The Workshop will introduce students to MAPLE as a symbolic algebra package, showing how it can solve and simplify complicated algebraic expressions. Applications of MAPLE to differentiation, integration, linear algebra, differentiation equations, and graphing (2 and 3-D) will be demonstrated. Basic programming in MAPLE will be shown along with access of MAPLE through MATLAB and on different computer platforms. Applications of MAPLE to complex problems will be presented at the end of the course.

The Workshop begins on Monday, September 9, 2002, and ends on Wednesday, October 9, 2002. The course can be taken for a grade or CR/NC. Grading will be based on computer assignments and a final project.

Below are some nice graphics from Maple.

More information on this surface and a movie of the surface rotating can be found by clicking on the picture.

More information on the damped oscillator and its solution in Maple with a movie of the solution curves rotating can be found by clicking on the picture.