How Maple Has Improved Student Understanding in Differential Equations

  • Douglas B. MeadeEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 1125)


In this talk I will provide a quick tour through some of the different ways in which I have used Maple to improve student understanding of traditional topics in an introductory differential equations course, such as direction fields, the phenomenon of beats, and developing an understanding of solutions to first-order systems in phase space.


Ordinary differential equations Conceptual understanding Multiple representations Symbolic and graphical Maplet Embedded component Maple Cloud 


  1. 1.
    Maplets for calculus, version 1.3.1. Accessed 10 Sept 2019
  2. 2.
    Visualizing solution to second-order linear IVP: explicit and phase space, Maple Cloud. Accessed 10 Sept 2019
  3. 3.
    Visualizing solution to undamped spring-mass problem with oscillating external force, Maple Cloud. Accessed 10 Sept 2019

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mathematics, College of Arts and SciencesUniversity of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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