## I still run Mathcad 13

## I still run Mathcad 13

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Is the new Mathcad as good as Mathcad 13?

I downloaded the trial version but it doesn't do symbolics. The ctrl. does not give me the --> pointing to the symbolic solution so I can't really evaluate the latest Mathcad.

I need to do symbolic processing. The symbolic processor changed from Mathcad 13 to 14 and it didn't perform well so I stopped upgrading.

I need to solve problems like on page 1 of this

http://deltamotion.com/peter/Mathcad/Mathcad%20-%2...

This problem is easy but I have some with 6 equations and 6 unknowns that are extremely difficult.

I downloaded the trial version but it doesn't do symbolics. The ctrl. does not give me the --> pointing to the symbolic solution so I can't really evaluate the latest Mathcad.

I need to do symbolic processing. The symbolic processor changed from Mathcad 13 to 14 and it didn't perform well so I stopped upgrading.

I need to solve problems like on page 1 of this

http://deltamotion.com/peter/Mathcad/Mathcad%20-%2...

This problem is easy but I have some with 6 equations and 6 unknowns that are extremely difficult.

Peter Nachtwey

Delta Computer Systems

http://www.deltamotion.com

## RE: I still run Mathcad 13

## RE: I still run Mathcad 13

so the free trial version cannot do symbolics after 30 days.

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## RE: I still run Mathcad 13

Thanks guys.

Peter Nachtwey

Delta Computer Systems

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## RE: I still run Mathcad 13

V13

a = 2 * 4

a = 8

V14

a = 2 * 4 = 8

The ability to have that all on the one line. Saying that, I did run into problems with V14 where it couldn't solve things that V13 found a doddle.

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a=2*4=8 is just a fluff feature. It may look nice but it doesn't help me solve my problems.

The bad thing is that I can participate any more because I can't read posted files in new format.

At this time I am trying to solve problems that I couldn't solve with Mathcad 13 with Mathematica. There is a lot that Mathcad can't do but I doubt that most would run into these limitations.

Peter Nachtwey

Delta Computer Systems

http://www.deltamotion.com

## RE: I still run Mathcad 13

I use MathCad 14 every day of my life and after the V12 I evaluated everything else on the market and nothing felt right (I'd been using MathCad for so long that their stupid key combinations feel natural). I keep getting adds for the new Mathmatica (I used a very early version in grad school and really hated it) and it is looking better every release, but is is good enough yet? I don't know, but I do know that I am really reluctant to go to the new program from PTC.

David Simpson, PE

MuleShoe Engineering

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I wish PTC would get its symbolic solver working. After playing with the two math packages I find the big difference in the solver is that Mathcad will simply try to get an answer and simply stop there. Mathematica will recursively look at the solution and try to optimize the answer. Sometimes the difference in results is amazing. Other times, not so much. Mathcad of yields answers that stretch across many pages and it is too hard to work with the answer.

Both math packages FAIL big time in 1 case. Often the answer has square root and cube root terms that are repeated many time in parts of the solution. There should be a way where one can easily set these square and cube root terms to a temporary variable and then replace all the terms this temporary variable represent to the temporary variable. This would drastically reduce the size of the solutions.

Also, I am running Mathematica on a WIN8.1 computer with 16MB of memory. I can see my Mathcad 13 didn't have much of a chance with only 3MB on WIN XP.

Get at least 16MB.

Peter Nachtwey

Delta Computer Systems

http://www.deltamotion.com

## RE: I still run Mathcad 13

In your case i'd substitute a variable name for the repeated roots.

I've actually got some quite decent results even for long equations by attacking it piece by piece, much as one would by hand.

Cheers

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## RE: I still run Mathcad 13

I do some pretty heavy math.

Peter Nachtwey

Delta Computer Systems

http://www.deltamotion.com