How To Use The Mathematic Calculation Software Maple (part 1)

How to use the mathematic calculation software Maple (part 1)

If you are unfamiliar with the name Maple, it is one of the most advanced professional math solving programs there are. It can solve math problems ranging from primary to university level on all branches of mathematics such as arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, etc.

This article will give you a rundown of what the software is, what it can do, how to download it, and how to use it, mainly to solve high school problems correctly.

What is Maple

Maple is professional mathematics solving program developed by Waterloo Maple Inc. The first version published in 1982, and from then on, Maple has received non-stop updates, and the current newest version is Maple 18. This article will be working with Maple 17, but other versions work very similarly to this one.

What can Maple do?

Maple is capable of many things :

  • Solving algebra problems quickly and accurately
  • Can solve most mathematic problems from primary to high school level
  • Provide users with many intelligent tools for geometry demonstration
  • Uses simple but powerful coding language, capable of interacting with other coding languages
  • Provide many export options such as Html, pdf, Latex.
  • It is a great tool for self-learning for students and teachers.

How to Install Maple

System requirements

Windows :

Operating System CPU RAM Disk space
Windows 10 1 GHz or faster 4 GB 10 GB
Windows 8.1 1 GHz or faster 4 GB 10 GB
Windows 7 1 GHz or faster 4 GB 10 GB

Linux :

 

Operating System CPU RAM Disk space
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7 8.0 1 GHz or faster 4 GB 10 GB
SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 15 1 GHz or faster 4 GB 10 GB
Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.20.10 1 GHz or faster 4 GB 10 GB

Mac :

 

Operating System CPU RAM Disk space
macOS 11, 10.15, 10.14 64-bit, Intel 4 GB 10 GB
macOS 11 Apple M1 4 GB 10 GB

 

How to install Maple

Installing Maple is very simple.

  1. Go to the software’s official site www.maplesoft.com and click on Download
  2. Run the file Maplexx.exe
  3. Choose Next
  4. Keep clicking next, agree with the terms of service, choose your installing destination, and then select Install to start the installation progress.
  5. When the installation is complete, if you want to use the software immediately, choose to Activate now; otherwise, choose Activate later, and then click Next.
  6. Click OK, and then choose I will restart my system myself, and then click Done.

Note that this is the commercial-use version. If you want the full version, you can explore many options for purchase on its official website.

How to use Maple

Maple’s user interface

When you open the software, you will get the instruction with the following window. Like many other programs, Maple also has a navigation bar, a standard toolbar, work zones.

When you start the program, the Startup box will show up. You can close it. If later on, you want to open it again, choose to Show this dialog on startup.

Now I’m going to you some components of the UI and its function

Menu bar: Menu Bar contains many functions. Each has a drop-down menu of its own.

Toolbar: Contains some common commands put into one bar for easy access.

Formatting Bar:  Users can customize the appearance of the text. The function is similar to Microsoft Word’s Formatting bar.

The working area takes up the most amount of space (as it should). The commands, mathematics formula, geometry shapes, calculations all lie here.

The Quick help tab contains some helping tips like hotkeys

Status line: Shows the file destination, memory usage, the time it takes to run the codes, and the remaining memory capacity

Some common commands in the menu bar

File

  • New: Open a new file
  • Open: Open an existing file
  • Save: Save the file that you are working on under .mw or .mws
  • Save as: Save the current file to another new file
  • Export as: Change the current project to another file type like Plain Text, LaTeX, HTML.
  • Close: Close the current project
  • Print: Print the current project
  • Exit: Exit from Maple

Edit

This tab contains commands like copy, cut, paste, delete, and pretty standard commands if used by any text editor.

View

  • Toolbar: Contains the text editor tool in shortcut form
  • Context Bar: Contains tools to edit text ( Bold, Italic, choosing a font style, font size)
  • Zoom factor: Zoom in on texts
  • Expand all selection: Open all sections on the project that you are working on
  • Collapse all selection: Collapse all sections on the project that you are working on

Insert

  • Text: Change to text mode
  • Maple Input: Change from text form to code form
  • Execution Group: Insert a processing unit before or after the cursor
  • Subsection: Insert a smaller section to the current section
  • 2-D Math (Standard Math): Insert a mathematics formula to the position of your cursor
  • Hyperlink: To link to a web link or another part of the project

Format

  • Style: Change the style of text sessions like paragraphs, titles.
  • Paragraph: Format the paragraphs
  • Character: Change the characters and words’ format
  • Convert: Convert a word or a string of comment to a formula, a Maple command, or a hyperlink

Work area in Maple

There are five types of work areas in Maple: Text, Math, Draw, Plot, Animation. The most common options are Text and Math, with the other ones rarely seeing use outside of professional research to amateurs.

Text function

When you click the Text button, the text editor is active, where you can draft up and edit text documents, similar to Microsoft Word.

Math function

When you click on the Math button, the panel area allows you to do mathematics formulas, algebra, arithmetic, calculus, function graph. The function is the most commonly used area and is also the default area when you open Maple.

Drawing function

This area allows you to draw lines or basic shapes like triangles, squares, circles into a function graph.

Plot function

This area allows you to configure some stats of a function graph

Animation function

This area allows you to animate moving animations.

Exporting files on Maple

Like Microsoft Word, Maple also allows you to export your projects to many different formats like .pdf, .tex, .mpl, .maplet, etc.

To export, you need to follow these steps.

Step 1: Go to File, choose Export As. This window will pop up

Step 2: Change the file name and select the exporting format, and then hit Save.

 Note: When exporting the file to .tex, you need to go to the file location of Maple and copy the ETC folder and paste it into the .tex file so that when you open the file, it translates properly

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