Seems like questions fall into a few categories, simple, monotonous or the interesting and challenging as it were. **Simple** - A new year always brings in new ideas but most seem to be questions regarding maples interface or quickshot questions which may have easily been solved with an hour or two going over the manual and help pages. Usually the undergraduate hasn't got the time to figure it out so a sure fire answer is to lob a quick question in mapleprimes. The frequency of these questions seem to decay almost in step with Newton's law of cooling. Well maybe not, but close enough.

Monotany - Students are bombarded by hundreds of problems they want Maple to solve by just entering it in and pressing enter expecting a simple answer. I suppose this usually where the questions of manipulating the answers come in. But the monotonous onslaught of question after question from a textbook course could at times be quite boring. I suppose at times they could be challenging and tax your brain to the limits which in itself does give some sense of satisfaction, interest and exhiliration when a solution is close at hand.

Interersting - I suppose this is where the fun lies. I agree with Axel's applying maple to math and engineering. Maybe I could toss in an interesting challenging problem at you ... hmm let's see ... Like getting maple to spit out an animation of a superball with spin as it bounces up and down AND back and forth. I think that would be cool to see, maybe not challenging for some or maybe, but I think it would be fun to put together. The show Numbers comes to mind when it comes to math fun, again, it's the application of it that's fun. I think the other aspect of this is ones own creativity, building equations and watching their animations come alive or using maple to do research for real world applications. That's pretty cool. Say like for cryptography or steganography in this case like using Maple to take a sound wave and mathematically embed it into another wave so the listener has no idea about any hidden messages within the wave unless digitally extracted. Or how about embedding picture data into sound data or vice versa. Or how about finding what equations put together would plot your name, that might be challenging I might give that one a shot myself.

I don't know about anyone else but I go through phases where I want to spend a fair amount of time on Maple and other times really don't feel like playing around with it at all. I am by no means an expert with maple, maybe one day. Also the applications on the maplesoft website are sometimes boring and sometimes interesting. I suppose there's an equation that could best describe the frequency of these occurances. Hmm.. an equation that describes everything. I believe Einstein was trying to find that very thing. Imagine what he might have done with Maple.... anyways sorry for the digression, boredome seems to die out as students become more proficient with maple and start exploring new avenues of thought and research.

Just my two cents. Cheers!