Scot Gould

Scot Gould

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10 years, 154 days
Upland, California, United States
Dr. Scot Gould is a professor of physics in the W.M. Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, Scripps colleges - members of The Claremont Colleges in California. He was involved in the early development of the atomic force microscope. His research has included numerous studies and experiments making us of scanning probe microscopes, particularly those which involved natural fibers such as spider silk. More recently, he was involved in developing and sustaining AISS, a full-year multi-unit non-traditional interdisciplinary undergraduate science education course which integrated topics from biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science. His current interest is integrating computational topics into the physics curriculum. He teaches the use of the computer algebraic and numerical system Maple to assist students in modeling and visualizing physical, and biological, systems. His Dirac-notation based quantum mechanics course is taught solely through Maple. An avid baseball fan, during his spare time, Dr. Gould is traveling, particularly to locations where he can bicycle on smooth, traffic-free roads, visit beaches and/or mountains, and enjoy good food and drink.

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Simple issue. I think it is a bug, but if not, it tends to cause logic problems with new users of Maple.

z := A*x*y:
plot3d(z, x=0..1, y=0..1); # works as expected
contourplot(z, x=0..1, y=0..1); # works
fieldplot(z, x=0..1, y=0..1); 
    --> Error, (in plots/fieldplo) invaled 1st argument (the function) 1.0*x*y

Is there something special about what the fieldplot expects for the function? I don't see it in the help. Or is this a bug?  

Yes, there is a work around, define all constants first

A:=1.0:   z := A*x*y: fieldplot(z, x=0..1, y=0..1); 

But I fail to understand why my example should fail. (Note, I have seen this situation for every version, so it is not new.)

What method of worksheet dissemination maximizes the number of recipients and methods of access?

Our students do have access to Maple on campus. However some students beyond our campus do not. Hence I'm trying maximize the number of recipients. This means that the recipient can accesses my worksheet either via tradition computer OSs such as Mac, Linux, Windows, or via tablet / personal computer OSs: iOS or Android. 

For a static worksheet, I've found PDF is the obvious choice. However, I'm writing more modifiable worksheets. The most obvious options I see are:

* MaplePlayer
* MapleCloud
* Maple WWW, by DigiArea Team

In investigating the options, I have found that:
* Maple Player is useful to those who have no access to Maple, but there appears to be no Android/iOS version of it.
* MapleCloud looks very promising since all OSs read the web, but there appears to be no way a person can join a private group via the MapleCloud website. Am I missing or misreading the help?
* Maple WWW, while pretty, appears to be painfully slow on a tablet (at least the examples I looked at).

Thus the initial purpose of this post is to answer the questions I raise, which I view as far more strategic, with more nuances than most questions that appear on this forum. And the second purpose is to initiate more discussion among the users year, particularly from the educational community, about guiding the direction of Maple.

I look forward to your comments and suggestions.

fieldplot is a wonderful tool for plotting vector fields. The option 'fieldstrength' is very useful to scale the arrows so that one can better visualize the field. I often use fieldstrength=log.

However, if one includes the RealDomain library, the fieldstrength=log option fails. I don't see why it should. Can someone enlighten me before I report this as a bug.

When I wish to perform a "save as" or "export" operation on the menu bar, how do I make Maple default to the same directory as the file is located? On one of my installations, once I select a file, the directory becomes the default "save as" or "export" directory. On my other installation, it first offers me to save to the desktop and I have to search for the subdirectory desired. (This difference occurs across many versions of Maple). Installation is Windows 10.

I have seen no posting on the following issue: on a high density monitor, example QHD+, where the resolution is 3200x1800, the titlebar, the palettes and the graphs are so small that they are essentially invisible. In addition, the symbols in the palettes overextend the edge of the palette. I see this with both Dell computers and Apple computers that run Maple under Windows. Is true with other computers? Is Maplesoft aware of this issue? I'm assuming it has something to do with the Java graphics library. Is there a solution?

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