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Maple Resource Center

Welcome to the Empire State College Maple Resource Center. The purpose of this guide is to help you learn how to use Maple for your course work. The Maplesoft website and the Maple Portal installed with your Maple software on your computer contain much

Using Maple Help

Maple Help often seems un-helpful for the beginner.  The reason is that Maple is a large and complex software program that supports a wide range of mathematics, much of it for engineering and scientific applications.  That being said, one can still make good use of the Help documentation.

When the user clicks on the Help menu at the top of the Maple screen, there is a drop-down menu to first access the Maple Help system (shortcut is [ctrl+F1].  One can link to resources On the Web (this is worth checking out).  Quick Referenceis a useful 2-page cheat-sheet.

The Maple Help entry takes the user to a help window to Search Topics to find out more about how to use a Maple command.  Or one may use the Table of Contents to find content, explanations and examples. Click here for an example: Anatomy of a Help page

In addition to the Help menu, there is a Tools menu containing Assistants, Math Apps, Tutors and more to provide more specific problem-solving assistance.

 

Please note: If you need to request accommodations with content linked to on this guide or with your Maplesoft Software, on the basis of a disability, please contact Disability Services by emailing them at Disability.Services@esc.edu.  Requests for accommodations should be submitted as early as possible to allow for sufficient planning. If you have questions, please visit the disability services website http://www.esc.edu/disabilityservices.

Example: Anatomy of a Help page

This image describes the various sections of the Maple Help topic page for any given topic. The Plots page is used in this example, the sections include a left side navigation bar containing help search results and a table of contents. The first section on the top of the main content section is the long form function of name, followed calling sequence which can use list of points, matrixes or vectors for the points to be plotted. The next section is Parameters and defitions of variables, followed by a description, options and examples. Help Topics typically contains: -Function Name -Calling Sequence - multiple ways to call the function -Parameters - brief description of items in the calling sequence -Description - details of function and data and options -Options - separate section if there are many options -Examples - multiple examples of how to call the function with results shown -See Also - links to related items You can copy and paste examples into your worksheet to try them!