Vol 3 No 1 (2008)
Class Room Notes

Integrated Software Tools for the OR/MS Classroom

Ignacio Castillo
Wilfrid Laurier University
Tom Lee
Maplesoft Inc.
János Pinter
PCS Inc.
Published March 25, 2008
  • Integrated software systems in the classroom,
  • Maple in modeling and optimizing decisions,
  • Global Optimization Toolbox for Maple,
  • Illustrative examples
How to Cite
Castillo, I., Lee, T., & Pinter, J. (2008). Integrated Software Tools for the OR/MS Classroom. Algorithmic Operations Research, 3(1). Retrieved from https://journals.lib.unb.ca/index.php/AOR/article/view/1250


In recent years, a growing range of software technologies has been deployed in the Operations Research / Management Science classroom, as well as in other business, engineering, and science educational contexts. These technologies enable a more direct, interactive student involvement in model development, symbolic and numerical solution, and project documentation. Within this framework, we see a strong case for using integrated scientific-technical computing systems. To illustrate this point, we review the key features of Maple, with an emphasis on its optimization features. Maple is then used to formulate, solve, and visualize optimization model examples suitable for the classroom.