The Maple Player for iPad takes advantage of the powerful Maple computation engine, so users can enter values, move sliders, and click buttons to perform calculations and visualize the results. It comes with a collection of interactive calculators and conceptual explorations. They can be used to solve arbitrary integrals step-by-step, find derivatives, solve linear systems, plot functions, explore the concept of a limit, and more. The Maple Player can also display interactive graphical illustrations for approximating the volume of a cylinder, series expansion, and other mathematical concepts.
This version of the Maple Player provides sample documents that are bundled with the application. In the next phase, users will be able to access a much wider collection of documents from an online repository. Ultimately, they will be able to use any Maple document on the iPad, whether distributed by Maplesoft, contributed by the Maple community, or authored by themselves.
“The iPad is an increasingly important platform for many of our customers,” says Dr. Laurent Bernardin, Executive Vice-President and Chief Scientist at Maplesoft. “The Maple Player can be used to liven up a classroom and provide additional insight to students outside of class. As the technology evolves, we see the Maple Player soon becoming an integral part of the mathematics education experience. ”
The Maple Player is available for free from the App Store, and can be used by everyone. A copy of desktop Maple is not required to use the Maple Player.
For more information about Maplesoft’s vision for the iPad, read Dr. Laurent Bernardin’s blog post, ‘Maple and the iPad’ (http://www.mapleprimes.com/maplesoftblog/127071-Maple-And-The-IPad).