Scot Gould

Scot Gould

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11 years, 88 days
Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, Scripps College
Professor of Physics
Upland, California, United States
Dr. Scot Gould is a professor of physics in the W.M. Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and 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 using scanning probe microscopes, particularly those involving natural fibers such as spider silk. More recently, he was involved in developing and sustaining AISS. This full-year multi-unit, non-traditional, interdisciplinary undergraduate science education course 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 Maple's computer algebraic and numerical systems to assist students in modeling and visualizing physical and biological systems. His Dirac-notation-based quantum mechanics course is taught solely through Maple.

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I’m starting a large project in education for which I can see great potential in the use of the “MapleCloud”.  For many of the students, the ability to see information on their phone is a game-changer. Hence while my students do have access to Maple on their computers, they are more willing to check out a worksheet if they can view it in a browser.

Unfortunately, in the little time that I have started using MapleCloud, and sharing my work with others, numerous issues have arisen. Some examples:
  * the file system is too simplistic and can be overwhelmed easily as I add content;
  * the group sharing system is too limited – one must log on, which is not true for worksheets;
  * the display of the mathematics is sufficiently quirky that it is not easy to read;
  * the hiding of input mathematics appears not to work;
  * plots, animations and the output of the Explore function fails too frequently.

So, my questions:
  1) are you using MapleCloud, and
  2) if so, for what?
  3) And if you are using MapleCloud, do you have similar problems?
  4) Have you developed solutions that you would be willing to share.

If there is no interest, I’ll look in another direction. But if there is sufficient interest, I would hope Maplesoft notices and works to correct and improve. Some of it may be my own failing to understand Maple, but instead of overwhelming MaplePrimes with questions, I would rather converse with similar interested folks.


Is it possible to create the operator command : |x| so that it passes x to the VectorCalculus Norm function so that if I write:

>  | < 3, 0, 4> |

the result is 5?

I assume I'm missing the verb here, but how does one display the elements of a vector and an array?

I can only do it with browsing or changing the "number format". 


v := `<,>`(v1, v2); v1 := 3.2; v2 := b

Vector[column](%id = 18446745611378162974)


v, eval(v), value(v), evalf(v), evalm(v), print(v)

Vector(2, {(1) = v1, (2) = v2})


Vector[column](%id = 18446745611378162974), Vector[column](%id = 18446745611378162974), Vector[column](%id = 18446745611378162974), Vector[column](%id = 18446745611378152862), array( 1 .. 2, [( 1 ) = (v1), ( 2 ) = (v2)  ] )



Vector[column](%id = 18446745611378162974)







We often use the vector notation "< >" as in <x, y, z>.  However, when I use it with a function, it does not evaluate the same way as a simple list "[ , ]". 

"restart;  g(r):=k*r;"

proc (r) options operator, arrow, function_assign; k*r end proc


g1 := g([x, y]); g2 := g(`<,>`(x, y))

g1 := k*[x, y]


Vector[column](%id = 18446745825756564886)


k := 1; g1; g2

k := 1


[x, y]


Vector[column](%id = 18446745825756564886)



The value of k is not applied in g2.  Can someone point me in the direction as to the difference between the two types of entities as interpreted by Maple?  

How do I write plot ceil(x) mod 2 properly?

If I write: 

plot(ceil(x) mod 2, x = 0 .. 4)

it produces a step pattern and not a square wave. (Only 0 and 1 should be plotted.) 

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