Imagine being able to handle any mathematical problem, quickly,
accurately, with instant documentation (printout), no matter how
complex the problem, even one requiring 2D or 3D graphing. You’re
working with equations, compilations, tables, or graphs—visually,
the same way you do on paper.
If this sounds useful to you, you may be ready for Mathcad 2000.
This software comes with tutorials providing guidance for working
with all of its elements. You have hundreds of standard formulas
that you can access or drag into your problem. There are over 300
QuickSheets (templates with built-in formulas) available to simplify
common mathematical tasks.
If you get an error message for some reason, you have the capability
to use the program’s step-by-step error tracing to determine
whatever variable you left out or entered improperly.
A built-in Web library connection provides access to unique online
resources with updates available for downloading. The document-publishing
feature lets you communicate problems and solutions to project groups
or clients, create reports utilizing built-in tools and edit them
with new variables (What-Ifs). You can utilize such features as
templates, style sheets, headers and footers to improve document
Ever encounter a problem with mixed units (i.e., pounds per square
inch and kilogram per centimeter squared)? You can make on-the-fly
conversions and solve them in any unit set required (American Standard
The Mathcad style of presentation visually blends computations,
text and— where required—graphs. The toolbar on the
edge of the screen reflects buttons for all kinds of functions.
You can illustrate and annotate all of your calculations.
There are three products—Standard ($99.95), which is the
entry-level edition for applied math at home, work or school; Professional
($499.95), providing complete solutions for engineers, scientists
and technicians, and Premium ($999.95), a full suite of applications
for the most complex problems.
You can add extension packs and electronic libraries that customize
Mathcad for specific disciplines, including electrical, mechanical,
civil, structural and process engineering.
For specific technical applications, there are add-on products
to address problems for solving and optimization, wavelets, steam
tables and signal and image processing.
Whether your area of need is statistics or data analysis, there
is a function that will help you solve it. You can include in your
capability a set of finance functions to perform a variety of calculations
for making credit or investment decisions that include—but
are not limited to—interest rates, period calculations, future
or present value assessments and loan payments, to name just a few.
There are even Boolean logical operators associated with toolbar
Functions are integrated with common computational applications,
such as Microsoft Excel. You can take a set of Excel data lists,
create a visual curve and then prepare a graphic solution in 2D
or 3D plots. An advanced feature called MathConnex provides a convenient
way to integrate engineering graphics and computation. This would
allow engineers to “wire” together diverse components
to simulate data flow in a network or the dynamics of a machine
part in operation.
Minimum System Requirements: PC with Pentium-90 or higher processor,
Windows 95, 98 or NT 4.0 or higher, 48 MB RAM, 4X CD-ROM drive,
SVGA or higher graphics card, 290 MB HD space, mouse or other pointing
device. Compatible with Microsoft Office 2000.
Available from MathSoft, Inc., 101 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02142.
Tel: (800) 628-4223. Web site: www.mathsoft.com.
MathSoft also provides two other products. StudyWorks offers a
comprehensive science-curriculum package entitled “Science
Deluxe” ($39.95). It includes earth sciences, biology, chemistry,
physics and statistics. “Mathematics Deluxe” ($39.95)
is a skill-building resource of algebra, geometry, trigonometry,
calculus, statistics and business math.