# Lecture 1: Course Overview and Introduction to Maple

### Background Material

• Equations for Lines and Circles
• Solution of Systems of Linear Equations

• Maple Getting Started Guide
• New User's Tour (Quick Tour followed by Full Tour) - Go to "Help" menu and select new users
• Basic How To - Go to "Help" menu and select new users
• Introduction to Maple (online tutorial and help).
• Worksheet Management - Go to the "Help" menu and select "Table of Contents" and look for Overview in the "Worksheet Management" folder.

### Topics

• Overview of the course.
• Objectives
• Topics
• Introduction to Maple
• line.mw - Maple worksheet illustrating the worksheet interface, basic functionality, and things to watch out for.
• Maple worksheet interface
• Maple help facility
• Basic capabilities of Maple
• Variables, Values, and Names
• Arithmetic
• Symbolic vs. Numeric Computatio
• Plotting and Graphics
• Solving Equations with solve
• Watch Out
• End with a semi-colon
• Names vs. Values and Evaluation
• Equal vs. Assignment
• Dynamic Scope
• Case Sensitivity
• Maple's assumptions might be different than yours
• Maple is not perfect

### Assignments

This assignment is a practice assignment not intended to be handed in.
• Create a simple Maple worksheet and perform several computations.
• Use Maple's sum function to determine the formula for a geometric series.
• Compute the sum of 1/i^2 as i goes from 1 to infinity. also compute the partial sums of 1/i^2 as i goes from 1 to n for different values of n. Does this appear to be approaching the limiting sum returned by Maple (use evalf to get a numeric approximation to the symbolic answer Maple returned).
Created: Oct. 20, 2005 by jjohnson@cs.drexel.edu