Synopses & Reviews
This book presents a working understanding of mathematical structures within the context of Environmental Problems, loaded with examples, help, hints and reference material. It starts out with the basics that are followed by with simple research scenarios that are of direct use to the user. The subjects include Lake and Groundwater Hydrology, Bubble Identification, Turbulence Statistics, Physical Chemistry and Acid Rain, Statistics, and Matrices. Special features in the book include Maple input/output, manual and automatic editing of structures, data handling and interpretation procedures,click-on solutions, spreadsheet transfer between Maple and Excel, and across the screen digitization. The book refers to Maple V release 5.1 and higher versions as well as to Maple 6. Internet support is available in the form of reference commands, data and programs.
From the reviews of the first edition: "This book is a nice exercise-based introduction to Maple with applications in different fields of environmental sciences. From the first steps to quite sophisticated techniques and worksheet handling, the reader can learn the most important features of Maple through solving practical problems. ... I can warmly recommend the book to everyone who would like to learn and use Maple as a tool in the everyday work. The applications and examples make it especially useful for applied study, research or practical work in life science." (János Karsai, Acta Scientiarum Mathematicarum, Vol. 69, 2003) "This is a kind of cookbook on how to use Maple ... and on how this most useful language can be used in a specific area of environmental sciences. It is a very practical book, full of worked examples, exercises and lots of references to other books, journals and websites. ... The book is very clearly written, nicely presented and well illustrated. ... it is a must for ... readers who specialize in the author's specific field of environmental sciences." (R. Hauspie, International Journal of Environment and Pollution, Vol. 18 (4), 2002)
What is this book about? Please take this book as it is, a working docu ment. It started as an idea that has grown. It will never be correct but should be self-correcting. In the limit, if there is one, the book should approach a 'correct' state. It is not the detail, and the numbers, that matter, but the structures and the order. These structures are inherently linked with the many minds that have made Maple, the minds of perhaps the best mathematicians, certainly some of the most useful. Our environment is not separate from mathematics; mathematics is but one tool, of several, to help with understanding the environment. It is a harsh tool that requires numbers and symbolism; Maple handles the symbolism superbly; numbers need more consideration. We have included a substantial amount on reading and writing numbers, data, and dealing with floating point numbers. It is the 'devil in the detail' that continually comes back to us in working with Mathematics and Maple. It becomes 'raw' and defined. Many of the things we do have rational and logical bases, but we don't know what they are. Often, in following the code and 'talking' with an input line to Maple, the detailed way of performing a task becomes clear. But not without frustration; the task is invariably simple, though."
A presentation of what Maple can do and how it does it in the context of environmental sciences. The text includes introductory tutorials in each chapter combined with extensive marginal comments which are followed by a complete application. These include the contouring of water table data, the physical chemistry of kidney stones, and acid rain. The book also provides a special application to enable students to use "self help" in the case that Maple seem unable to do the simplest things.