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 | |||
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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
R^{2} and R^{3} |
Instructions | Background material |
Customized student data Summer Session I |
Customized student data Summer Session II |

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