Villanova now has an unlimited site license from Maplesoft for the computer algebra system Maple which allows single user copy installations for any Villanova faculty, staff and students. Maple is a computer algebra system math software in use in some of our science and engineering mathematics service courses.

Downloading Maple 2017

Login to the UNIT Software Portal with your standard VU username and password [click here]

To download Maple 2017 for Wiindows or MAC, first login to the Villanova software portal with your standard VU username and password, then choose Student Software or Faculty&Staff Software, then PC (probably 64 bit Maple) or Mac, and be sure to copy the Activation Code "Key" next to the software download link so you can activate Maple at the end of the installation.

If you really have trouble with the download or installation, you can borrow an installation USB flash drive from bob jantzen.

Maple 2017 is also available from VDeskTop under the folder Academic Applications on the desktop, but since the software runs on a remote server, your local file, folder and printer operations no longer apply. To print a Maple worksheet you can export it to PDF, save locally on your computer, and then print from your computer. This option should be considered an emergency access to Maple. There are too many advantages to having the software reside locally on your computer.

Lillian Lieber (1886-1986), American mathematician (Russian immigrant from Ukraine as a child) and popular mathematics writer who used mathematics in defense of positive human values (see the essays 2018 and 2017 by woman science writer Maria Popova), with whimsical drawings by her husband Hugh to illustrate her points.

Contact Information

Department of Mathematics & Statistics
SAC Room 305
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085 
Tel: 610.519.4850
Fax: 610.519.6928

Dr. Douglas Norton

Marie O'Brien, 610.519.4809

Maple Student Help Center

For some of you, the Maple Student Help Center might prove useful. It offers on-line help: "Get real answers from real people" "within hours" for homework problems by posting your questions on the on-line Forum. Free registration at Maple Primes is required for access.

Common Mistakes

Remember to include a space between quantities that are supposed to be multiplied in input expressions, even before a parenthesis! And the letter "e" in Maple is not assigned to Euler's number, you must use the Palette entry or function notation "exp(x)" for the exponential function. See the tips page if you are serious about using Maple.

Teaching Concepts with Maple

Learn how to do specific tasks with Maple in all levels of Calculus and Differential Equations and Linear Algebra with Clickable Calculus:

Maple Teaching Site