Maplesoft has announced the release of the Maple Player for iPad, an application for the iPad that lets users view and interact with documents created in desktop Maple, available from Adept Scientific. This release is the first step in a plan to increase support for Maplesoft technology on this platform.
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 visualise 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 them.
“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 becoming an integral part of the mathematics education experience.”
The Maple Player is available for free from the App Store.