# Discovering Mathematics with Maple

## An interactive exploration for mathematicians, engineers and
econometricians

Roel Stroeker and Johan Kaashoek

with the assistance of Lennart Hoogerheide

Econometric
Institute, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Textbook, softcover. Birkhäuser Basel (Birkhäuser Boston) 1999.

ISBN 3-7643-6091-7, price sFr. 58.-/DM 68/öS 497 (US $ 44.-).

xvii + 227 pages, 23 figures.

CD-ROM inluded, containing 6 Maple demonstrations, 24 Maple worksheets, both in Maple V
Release 4 and Release 5 formats. Also included are a trial version of Maple V Release 5
and a demo version of Maple V Release 4.

In the summer of 2008 Bob Jantzen of Villanova University updated the worksheets to Maple 12. These worksheets can be found on his homepage under http://www34.homepage.villanova.edu/robert.jantzen/courses/mat5920/book/.

This book grew out of the wish to let students of econometrics get
acquainted with the powerful techniques of computer algebra at an early stage in their
curriculum. It is designed to accompany a 6 (or 12) weeks course for undergraduates,
covering selected topics from Mathematical Analysis, Linear Algebra, Discrete Probability
Theory, and Discrete Mathematics.

Working with computer algebra packages like Maple over many years
convinced us of the favourable prospects of computer algebra as a means of improving the
student's understanding of the difficult concepts on which mathematical techniques are
often based. Moreover, advanced mathematical education, be it for mathematics itself or
for mathematical statistics, operations research and other branches of applied
mathematics, can greatly profit from the large amount of non-trivial mathematical
knowledge that is stored in a computer algebra system.