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Maple 18 Announced

By DE Editors

Maplesoft announced a major new release of its flagship product, Maple. With Maple 18, the company offers enhanced tools for developing interactive applications and quizzes, together with additional features to streamline the student experience.

Maple supports the easy creation of interactive Math Apps for use in the classroom and through The Mobius Project, an initiative from Maplesoft that supports the creation, sharing, and grading of Math Apps. According to the company, with Maple 18, instructors can take advantage of increased flexibility in the one-step Math App creation tool to quickly create more complex applications, and easily create randomly generated quizzes for their students.

New Clickable Math tools include a dedicated calculus palette, improved context-sensitive menus for student-learning, and more than 75 new Math Apps for math, biology, chemistry, and engineering. A new statistics package designed specifically to help teachers and students with an introductory course in statistics offers formulas and visualizations of statistical quantities, hypothesis testing, and interactive exploration.

A new search tool provides instant access to all the relevant help pages, tasks, assistants, tutors, and Math Apps in Maple and in The Mobius Project, with previews available so customers can select the exact resource they need.

“Maple is used in so many different ways by our customers, from a student’s first exploration of a new concept, to instructors creating learning materials to engage and evaluate their class, to researchers working on large, complex projects,” says Laurent Bernardin, executive vice president and chief scientist at Maplesoft. “Maple 18 offers important new advantages for all these customers. With advancements in application development tools, specialized tools for student learning, and enhancements in its computation engine, Maple 18 helps customers reach their education and research goals more quickly than ever before.”

MapleSim 6.4 has also been released. The software and all its toolboxes and connectivity add-ons have been updated to take advantage of the enhancements to Maple 18’s mathematical engine. Other improvements include more powerful tools for creating custom components, performance enhancements, an expanded MapleSim Control Design Toolbox, and enhancements to the model generators for Simulink and FMI.

For more information, visit Maplesoft.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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