By now, you must know the difference between Standard Maple (red Windows icon, preferred at Villanova) and Classic Maple (yellow Windows icon, used to be the only Maple interface):
- See Classic vs. Standard Interface for more details. Summarizing:
- The standard interface has a long list of palettes and even handwriting recognition for finding symbols and one can edit mathematical expressions to make them look like real mathematics without being limited by the executable Maple syntax. Finally we can typeset most of the mathematics in worksheets that was not possible before. This "Clickable Calculus" is the new approach to making Maple easier for elementary users.
- It also has an easily accessible Math Dictionary.
- It has a new tools menu with Assistants (dialog windows to import and analyze data), Tutors (Java applet windows that guide you through many calculus and algebra routines), and Tasks (that uses Help to guide you in accomplishing a list of mathematical tasks),
- In the standard interface document mode, one can freely create a mathematical report without the constraint of input, output and text regions, much like a MathCAD worksheet.
Math (2d) versus Maple (1d) notation in the input region
In the older Classic Interface, when the cursor is in an input region, the leftmost icon on the lower toolbar (x) will toggle between Standard Math Notation and Maple Notation. Standard Math is preferred for using the (floating, more limited) palettes to input expressions. Maple notation shows you the Maple syntax of the input expression. One can also Edit the Preferences to make the default input entry Standard Math to take advantage of WYSIWYG input.
In the Standard Interface, you can no longer toggle between Standard Math Notation (their preferred input mode) and Maple notation [you can do this before entering any input, but once the input is entered you have to convert it], but instead you can use the Format Menu and choose convert to change from 2D Math input (the old Standard Math Notation) to 1D Math input = Maple input, if you want to learn the Maple command syntax for a WYSIWYG math expression.
An important tip for Standard Interface 2D Math input is that you must use the right arrow key to continue inputting an expression after raising to an exponent or dividing by a denominator (using the forward slash for division, asterisk for multiplication), in fact you can use all 4 arrows to move around an expression to edit its various pieces, while when entering from the palette, the tab key moves you through the characters to be replaced.
- Student[Calculus1] is very useful for Calc 1 and Calc 2.
- Student[MultivariateCalculus] is helpful for Calc 3 for tasks involving a scalar function of 2 or more independent variables.
- Student[VectorCalculus] is helpful for Calc3 for doing vector calculus tasks, i.e., those tasks involving vector functions of one or more independent variables.
- VecCalc is an external package to accompany Stewart Multivariable Calculus CalcLabs, available on citrixweb.
Linear algebra packages:
- LinearAlgebra utilizes the new way of doing vectors and matrices in Maple, available from the palette insertion.
- Student[LinearAlgebra] uses the same structures but aimed at teaching linear algebra with additional Tutor commands. In both cases commands are named by joining together capitalized key words, like "ReducedRowEchelonForm". Here it is useful to use command auto-completion so one can just type the first few characters and then Control, Space Bar to bring up a list of all commands starting with those letters to select from with the mouse (only one starts with "Red"). This feature is case sensitive.
New statistics package
- See the Whats New? Help Menu description.