Maple Labs in Math 251

Students in Math 251 learn to use the mathematical software package Maple to solve problems in multivariable calculus. They will use this knowledge further in Math 244, Differential Equations for Engineering and Physics.

A student's first introduction to Maple takes place in an Instructional Microcomputer Lab during the first or second recitation class of the term. This assignment, called Lab 0, familiarizes the student with the practical issues involved in starting a Maple session and with some of the arithmetical, algebraic, and calculus related capacities of the system. In some sections students are asked to print out and turn in some of this work.

Students may find it useful to look over the general instructions for Lab 0 ahead of time, using the link in the table below. Alternatively, they might consult the Help Pages listed at the bottom of this page.

Three more Maple labs, Lab 1 through Lab 3, will be assigned through out the summer term. The instructions for these labs and useful background information for each of them is provided in the table below, although the instructions may be modified by individual instructors. In working with these labs each student uses customized data, which will be posted in the table below well before the lab is due. These labs can be prepared in an instructional lab; for other possibilities, see the FAQ link below.

Lab 0: Introduction to Maple for Math 251  Maple Lab 0
Lab 1: Vectors as directed line segments, and triangles Instructions Background material Customized student data
Summer Session I
Customized student data
Summer Session II
Lab 2: Curves in space: pictures, length, and curvature Instructions Background material Customized student data
Summer Session I
Customized student data
Summer Session II
Lab 3: Polynomials of degree two in R2 and R3 Instructions Background material Customized student data
Summer Session I
Customized student data
Summer Session II

Getting Help

A Frequently asked questions file is available.

For an introduction to Maple see the Rutgers Maple help pages:

Why learn Maple? Beginning Maple Common
Maple errors
More about
Maple
Using
Maple files
Other links
about Maple


Page maintained by the 251 coordinator and the computer coordinator. For Spring 2015: Speer and Cherlin (speer@math, cherlin@math).