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The moment we've all been waiting for has arrived: Maple 2023 is here!

With this release we continue to pursue our mission to provide powerful technology to explore, derive, capture, solve and disseminate mathematical problems and their applications, and to make math easier to learn, understand, and use. Bearing this in mind, our team of mathematicians and developers have dedicated the last year to adding new features and enhancements that not only improve the math engine but make that math engine more easily accessible within a user-friendly interface.

And if you ever wonder where our team gets inspiration, you don't need to look further than Maple Primes. Many of the improvements that went into Maple 2023 came as a direct result of feedback from users. I’ll highlight a few of those user-requested features below, and you can learn more about these, and many, many other improvements, in What’s New in Maple 2023.

  • The Plot Builder in Maple 2023 now allows you to build interactive plot explorations where parameters are controlled by sliders or dials, and customize them as easily as you can other plots

Plot Builder Explore

 

  • In Maple 2023, 2-D contour and density plots now feature a color bar to show the values of the gradations.


  • For those who write a lot of code:  You can now open your .mpl Maple code files directly in Maple’s code editor, where you can  view and edit the file from inside Maple using the editor’s syntax highlighting, command completion, and automatic indenting.

Programming Improvements

  • Integration has been improved in many ways. Here’s one of them:  The definite integration method that works via MeijerG convolutions now does a better job of checking conditions on parameters so that they are only applied under proper assumptions. It also tells you the conditions under which the method could have produced an answer, so if your problem does meet those conditions, you can add the appropriate assumptions to get your result.
  • Many people have asked that we make it easier for them to create more complex interactive Math Apps and applications that require programming, such as interactive clickable plots, quizzes that provide feedback, examples that provide solution steps. And I’m pleased to announce that we’ve done that in Maple 2023 with the introduction of the Quiz Builder and the Canvas Scripting Gallery.
    • The new Quiz Builder comes loaded with sample quizzes and makes it easy to create your own custom quiz questions. Launch the quiz builder next time you want to author interactive quizzes with randomized questions, different response types, hints, feedback, and show the solution. It’s probably one of my favorite features in Maple 2023.

  • The Scripting Gallery in Maple 2023 provides 44 templates and modifiable examples that make it easier to create more complex Math Apps and interactive applications that require programming. The Maple code used to build each application in the scripting gallery can be easily viewed, copied and modified, so you can customize specific applications or use the code as a starting point for your own work

  • Finally, here’s one that is bound to make a lot of people happy: You can finally have more than one help page open at the same time!

For more information about all the new features and enhancements in Maple 2023, check out the What’s New in Maple 2023.

P.S. In case you weren’t aware - in addition to Maple, the Maplesoft Mathematics Suite includes a variety of other complementary software products, including online and mobile solutions, that help you teach and learn math and math-related courses.  Even avid Maple users may find something of interest!

Hello everyone! Alex, Sarah, and I decided to create this collection of financial literacy documents as we noticed a lack of resources for this strand in mathematics. With many curricula around the world implementing financial literacy concepts, we thought it might be useful not just for Ontario, but for many jurisdictions around the world. 

There are 4 documents in the Simple Interest collection; Introduction, Equation Generator, Mental Calculations, and Reflection. The Introduction is designed for intermediate and advanced level students as it introduces students to the concept of interest and how to calculate it. Students get to fill in the table by filling in the calculations on the right. This provides enough scaffolding so students of various grades can participate in this activity. 

 

The Equation Generator document uses sliders to help students investigate linear equations in the form of y=mx+b. It also relates the simple interest equation (I=Prt) to the linear equation by asking students to compare interest rates. The idea behind this document is to bridge concepts outlined in the 2021 grade 9 destreamed math curriculum; in particular, the financial literacy, and linear relations strands. The document provides some reflection questions for students to think about the relationship between the variables. 

The third document in the collection is the mental calculations document which presents a series of questions in increasing difficulty designed to help students compare interest rates. Students are intended to choose which scenario they think is more appropriate without using a calculator. There are hints provided on the right side if students wish for a hint, as well as explanations further to the right of the hints and answers below the main questions. Through our analysis of the curricula around the world, we noticed that many jurisdictions focus on mental math as a skill that their students should develop. Students may not always have access to a calculator and it is important for them to know how to make financially sound decisions or analyze advertisements that they may see around their neighbourhood. 

 

Lastly, the last document is the reflection page where students are able to analyze their findings. In particular, “interest” may carry a negative connotation for students such that we want them to think of the potential benefits of interest as well. The reflection questions are designed to help students consolidate their learnings and can be further expanded on by the teacher. Such possibilities can include scenario-based questions. 

May you find these documents helpful! 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone in the MaplePrimes community. Valentine’s Day is a time to celebrate all things love and romance. To celebrate, we at Maplesoft wanted to share our hearts with you.

 


 

Today the heart shape represents love, affection, and a major organ. Though the heart’s full meaning today is unique to the modern era, the shape itself is much older.

 In ancient Greece, the Cyrenese people used the heart-shaped seed of a plant called silphium as a form of contraception. The seed became so widely used that it is featured on Cyrenese currency. This is the first case of the heart shape being connected to love and passion, but the form did not yet have an association with the human heart.

French poet Thibault de Blaison was the first to use a pear-shaped human heart to symbolize love in his thirteenth-century romance “Roman de la Poire”. Later, during the renaissance period, artists began to paint the Sacred Heart of Jesus in a spade-like shape. Depictions of the heart continued to develop and by the Victorian Era, the heart we know and love today had taken shape and started to appear on Valentine’s Day cards.

The simplicity and symmetry of the heart shape, which likely led to its widespread popularity, also makes the form convenient to define mathematically.

To find the equation for your heart, use the Valentine Hearts Maple Learn document. Choose one of four ways to define your heart, then move the sliders and change the color to make a unique equation for your heart. 

Once you’re done, take a screenshot and share it with your Valentine. Who says math isn’t romantic?

 

 

Have you ever wondered who the students are that help create Maplesoft’s family of products?

In this blog, we thought that it was fitting to introduce ourselves and give the MaplePrimes community some insight into the students who are committed to helping Maplesoft improve its products and who believe that Math Matters!

I’ll begin. My name is Jack Thomson and I’m in my second year of the Mathematics (Waterloo) and Business Administration (Laurier) Double Degree. This term I am the Product Management Co-op at Maplesoft where I will be helping support the development of Maplesoft's academic market products, including Maple Learn and Maple Calculator. My favorite areas of math are statistics and probability. These areas are my favorite since I like to be able to draw conclusions from data and predict the future with past trends. I am also fascinated with probability since it allows us to make more educated decisions about real-life events. This ties into my belief of why Math Matters, since it is hidden in every aspect of life and helps us understand the world around us. Besides my love for the world of mathematics, I love the outdoors, more specifically, mountain biking, backcountry camping, and skiing. I also enjoy taking photos, watching Formula 1, playing hockey, and improving my skills in the kitchen.

Continue reading below to find out more about my fellow Co-op students!

Development:

I’m Zhengmao (he/him), and I’m a third year in Software Engineering at the University of Waterloo. I’ll be working until the end of April here at Maplesoft as a Software Developer, where I’ll be working to fix bugs, add new features, and improve existing ones for our Maple Learn as well as Maple Calculator products. By the way, if you ever have any suggestions or ideas about them, don’t hesitate to reach out to me!

I’ve always been curious about working at a math company because I’ve always been so interested in math. In fact, Maplesoft is the only company I’ve consistently applied to every time I’ve gone through the Co-op application cycle! However, there’s not really any particular reason why I enjoy the subject. I find math to be beautiful in and of itself, almost like an art, and I find the kinds of math that are more discrete or algebraic tend to be a little nicer. As long as there aren’t decimals, I’m pretty happy. So, my ideal kind of math is just that: ideal! Exact values, unrealistic ideas, and as few numbers as possible. In terms of my university career, I’ve always enjoyed linear algebra much more than calculus.

Overall, I’m quite excited for this term at Maplesoft. I’ve never worked in web or mobile development before, so I’m looking forward to learning a lot of new things!

Content Creation:

Hi, I’m Paige (she/her). I am a second-year Honors Mathematics student at the University of Waterloo. This term, I am creating content for the Maple Learn document gallery. My favorite area of math is calculus because I love visualizing functions. Math matters because it is a universal language. All the math concepts we know are naturally occurring; people have observed and documented them, but no one invented them. Because of this, people from a wide range of cultures have come to the same conclusions (ex: defining pi). Math is universally understandable, which is why it can be used to connect everyone on earth (and maybe on other planets too!?!?!?!). In my free time, I like doing hand embroidery, playing video games, and cuddling my cat Licky.