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Answers at the Start

Answers at the Start

Answers at the Start

I would like to have a summary section at the beginning of my analysis document that sumarizes the answers.  Since MathCAD works in spacial order, I'm not sure if this is possible.  If anyone knows how to do this I would really appreciate the help.



RE: Answers at the Start

I just scanned down through the previous threads and saw that someone had the same question a few weeks ago.

I can't get the solution to work for me though...

"Can you just define that variable as a global variable at the end where it turns up, and then at the top of the worksheet just display the value of it?"

I tried defining a new variable and setting it equal to my solution variable using the ~ key.  I can't get this to work though.

Any ideas?


RE: Answers at the Start

That previous thread here was for a different purpose.

Have you looked through the Mathcad Collaboratory website?  I believe that your particular question has come up and required using an Activex control:



RE: Answers at the Start

I think that was my answer.

What you should do is this:

1) set up your worksheet without the summary at the top, go clear through to the end.

2)as you set up the variables, you typically define a variable using the colon to define a variable, like this:

A : pi()*r^2   (use mathcad syntax)  That colon will show up as .= in mathcad.  (This is the defining = sign in the help.)   

But, for any variable that you want to display on the top summary section do it differently:  use the global = definition.  I believe this is the ctrl-=.  It is a global variable, and the value can be displayed anywhere in the sheet, including at the top.

Next, go back to the top of the worksheet and set up your summary with appropriate notes, text, refernces etc.  If you want to display the value of A there, just type A = and you will get the current value; add the proper units and you have it.  

A drawback is that if you have blanks for any of your input values, you will probalby get something that looks like an error for these global variables, this will disappear as soon as you have all your input variables assigned with valuses.



RE: Answers at the Start

OK, that helps but...

every value that I want to define as a global variable won't do that unless all of the variables that drive it are also defined as global variables.  At least that how it seems.  If this is true, I would have to have nearly every variable in my 12 page analysis defied as a global variable.  Maybe I'm not doing it right, I don't know...


RE: Answers at the Start

I thunk you can hide all the regions (in the first pages) until the page you want to be displayed at start.

RE: Answers at the Start

It is important for me to show my work along the way.  

I did find one solution that suits my needs fairly well though:

Create a new MathCAD file.   At the start of the file insert a reference linking to the primary file, (Insert > Reference).  Make the new file into a summary page showing the variables using the "X=" notation.

This works well but you have to keep the files in the same place (relative to each other).  It would be perfect if I could do this in the same file, but this is pretty close.


RE: Answers at the Start

what about using mathconnex?  that will tie all the files together, and you could even have your answers in some other application (eg Excel) all formatted nicely.

Life is non-linear...

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