COP 4313 Symbolic Computations in Mathematics -- Spring 2002

[To download the following worksheets:  right click if you are using a PC and select Save the File or Download File. If you are using a Mac hold down the mouse button and select Save this Link As.  In either case if you are using a lab computer you may want to save the file to a floppy disk.  New lectures will be added weekly.  Generally one "lecture" will be covered per week]
 NOTE WELL:  The lectures below are based on Maple 7.  Maple can be expected to evolve and so one can expect some differences with current versions of Maple. (added May 14, 2007)

  Lecture 1

   Lecture 2

   Lecture 3

   Lecture 4

   Lecture 5

   Lecture 6

  Lecture 7

  Lecture 8a   8b

  Lecture 9

  Lecture 10

  Lecture 11

  Lecture 12

Course Meets: MW 4:00--5:15 PM in PHY 209 (computer lab on the second floor of PHY.)

Prerequisites: ALL of the following courses are REQUIRED prerequisites: MAS 3105 Linear Algebra, MAP 2302 Differential Equations, MGF 3301 Bridge to Abstract Mathematics, MAC 2283 Eng Calculus III or MAC 2313 Calculus III.

Instructor: W. Edwin Clark
   Office: PHY 326 A
   Office Hours: MWF 3:00 to 3:50. (Also, immediately after class or by appointment.)
   Email: ( I read my email frequently.)
   Homepage: (This information will be on my homepage in case you lose it. You may also go there if you are curious about my research and academic genealogy.)

Textbook:  There will be no textbook.  Instead Maple worksheets (aka, lectures) will be downloaded from the course website which may be found by going to my homepage.  Lectures will be added weekly as they are completed.  In addition Maple has extensive documentation and examples of use built in to the program. Instructions will be given on how to access this information.

Software: The program we will use in this course is Maple 7. It is installed on almost all USF computers.  You may want a personal copy. The Student Edition of Maple 7 can be purchased from the University of South Florida Bookstore for  $129. If they are sold out you may order directly from Waterloo Maple for $129 + $9 shipping and handling.This is the full version of Maple 7 and has not been limited in any way.   It is a great bargain. The undiscounted price is  $1695. The Student Edition can only be licensed to full-time, registered students. The program comes on a CD which contains versions for Windows, Macintosh and Linux. Go to Maple 7 System Requirements for more details about systems requirements. You may also purchase a copy directly from the online purchasing site Maplesoft Sales . Alternatively, you can purchase directly by phone or email from
      Oonagh Walsh at: 1-800-267-6583 x522 or
If you contact Oonagh Walsh, the following details are required:

       Name and delivery address
       Student ID number
       Credit card details (Visa, Mastercard or Amex)

Generally delivery takes about 2-3 business days.  Overnight delivery can also be arranged for $20.

See Maple Links on my home page for information about Maple access at USF and numerous other sources of information related to Maple on the internet.

Notebooks, Attendance, Homework, Quizzes, Exams:

   1. Notebooks: (15%) Students are expected to maintain a loose-leaf notebook containing printouts of executed worksheets of all lectures and solutions to the assignments. These will be periodically checked. They will be graded according to neatness and completeness.

     2.Attendance: (5%) Attendance will be taken and will count 5% of your course grade.

   3. Homework Assignments:  (20%)  Assignments will be due at the beginning of class on the due date.  Late assignments will not be accepted. Collaboration Rules:  Discussion of the homework between students is  permitted even encouraged;  however, copying another student's work is not permitted.  University rules will be enforced.  It is a university policy that copying of computer programs and presenting them as one's own merits an F in the course.  You may show someone how to do a problem, but you should not give them the solution in writing. In particular, do not email a program to another student or otherwise allow someone to electronically copy your program.

   4. Monday Quizzes: (20%)  On each Monday, unless there is a holiday, a quiz will be given at the beginning of class. The quizzes will cover topics covered in previous lectures. Usually, but not always, they will concentrate on the lecture of the previous week. There will be no makeups for student who are late or fail to take a quiz. However, I will drop the lowest  2 quiz grades .

   5. MidTerm Exam: (20%)  Monday, February 18.

   6. Final Exam: (20%) Friday,  May 3,  3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

.COURSE GRADES: Your course grade will be based on the weighted average of the grades on items 1 through 6.   I will use the following scale to assign plus/minus letter grades

98-100 = A+, 93-97 = A, 90-92 = A-,
88-89 = B+, 83-87= B, 80-82 = B-,
78-79 = C+, 73-77 = C, 70-72=C-,
68-69 = D+, 63-67 = D, 60-62 = D-,
0-59 = F.

Class Mailing List:

It is important for students to have email accounts from USF or a private internet service provider and as soon as possible join the class mailing list,  SymComp.  If you are now on the course website, the easiest way to join right now is to click on the link JOIN SYMCOMP below and fill in your email address and name in the places indicated. Then without making any other changes in the form click on the SAVE button at the bottom of the form. You will then be a member.  You may join several times from different accounts if you wish.


I will use this mailing list to communicate with the class so it is very important that you subscribe as soon as possible AND read your email frequently. The first message from the list will explain how to use the list. If you don't get a Welcoming Message immediately, let me know after you have checked that you typed in your email address correctly.

Obtaining a USF e-mail/internet account: The proper place to go (bring a picture ID): depends on which college you are currently in: College of Engineering: College of Engineering Computing (ENB 118) Arts and Sciences Graduate Program: College of Arts and Sciences Computing (SCA 210) College of Medicine (any branch): Medicine Computing/Info. Services (MDC 51) ALL OTHERS (including if you are not in a college yet): Academic Computing Help Desk (LIB 608)

Technical Support for connecting from home, using email, general computing problems may be obtained from the Help Desk, in LIB 610a on the 6th floor of the library.

For more help getting email go to Help@Academic Computing whose URL is


First day of classes:   Monday, January 7
Martin Luther King Holiday :  Monday, January 21
Spring Break:  March 11-16
Withdrawal (W grade) deadline is March 22 at 5 PM
Last day of classes:  Friday, April 26
Final Exams:  April 27-May 3

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