Tom 4

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19 years, 260 days

My title is Chief Evangelist for Maplesoft. I interpret that as “the guy who’s been around forever”. I started my professional Maplesoft career in 1989 as a contractor trying to earn money to feed my grad student habits, like eating and visiting my parents. Before that I was introduced to what was then referred to as the Maple programming language and to my surprise, Maple immediately helped me figure things out in my courses and more importantly it made me look smarter in front of potential grad supervisors. That’s how the love affair began.

Since then I’ve held various senior positions including Vice President of Marketing and Market Development. I’ve witnessed the transformation of this company from a start-up doing something strange called “computer algebra” to a well-recognized, leading solutions company with a growing and ever diversifying user community. I’m even more thrilled at the fact that so much of our new achievements are in the world of engineering modeling and simulation which was my specialization in University.

I did my degrees at the University of Waterloo. My Bachelor and Master’s degrees were in Systems Design Engineering and my PhD in Mechanical Engineering with a specialization in surface modeling for CAD systems. Along the way, I dabbled in control systems, physical systems modeling, and computer-assisted education. I still stay connected to the academic world through my position as Adjunct Professor in Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo, and as a member of the Board of Governors, Renison College affiliated with the University of Waterloo.

I was born in Seoul South Korea but raised in Toronto, Canada. I moved to Waterloo, Canada to attend university and never left. I tell the Maplesoft people that it’s because of the company but it’s because I met my wonderful wife Dr. Sharon here :-)

MaplePrimes Activity

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Just tried it in 10 in the standard interface in default document mode (i.e. no prompt). You're right, you only get the result. It works if you do it in "worksheet" mode. Either start a new doc in worksheet mode or simply give yourself a worsheet mode prompt by pressing the [>] button on the toolbar. BTW, in Maple 11, document mode it does work. T4.
I would start with the Maple 10 manuals. They have separate volumes for General use, Introduction to Programming, and Advanced Programming. You can download the manuals here. T4
The Maplesoft Web store offers downloadable version and physical versions to purchase. People from most countries are able to purchase. T4.
Yes, there are various discounts for high school teachers. Either follow Alec's link or e-mail info (at) T4.
Hello, unfortunately, at this time there is no feature locking sections or subsections. This is something that users have requested and is being considered for a future release. Closest feature of this nature that does exist is the expand and collaps of "document" blocks within the new Maple 10 GUI interface. This feature lets you hide blocks of Maple commands from view but it too is not locked, just hidden from view. Tom 4. (Maplesoft)
First tip would be to use sections and subsections so that you can carve up your presentation a bit. With the sections collapsed, it has the appearance of Powerpoint. Use higher magnification (e.g. the middle icon among the magnification icon set). I've found that this is sufficient for legibility with most lecture halls. Clever uses of hyperlinking also adds a nice touch to the navigation and organization. T4.
Maple has a built-in package called numtheory that has useful functions for exploring primes. Go to Maple's help system and search on numtheory to get more info. I'm not a number theory guy so I don't have any direct experience but hopefully, these routines will get you started. There is also a fair bit of info in the public domain. I googled "prime numbers maple" and got a bunch of stuff including Gábor Kallós' tutorial on studying prime numbers with Maple. Hope this helps. T4.
Hello, Just so that you know, we have "pinged" a Maple developer most familiar with the tensor package. Unfortunately, he's currently on vacation so there will be a bit of a delay in getting comments. You may also want to consider trying GRTensor II from Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. This is an independent tensor package from a research group there and it appears they have tested it up to Maple 10. All components and docs are online at It does have a good reputation. Cheers. T4.
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