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Essential PTC® Mathcad Prime® 3.0

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Learn how to use PTC® Mathcad Prime® 3.0, one of the world’s leading tools for technical computing, in the context of engineering, science, and math applications. Quickly harness the power of PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 to solve both simple and complex problems. Essential PTC® Mathcad Prime® 3.0 is perfect for college students, first-time users, and experienced Mathcad 15 users who are moving to PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0.

Updated from Maxfield’s popular Essential Mathcad, this book introduces the most powerful functions and features of the new PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 software and teaches how to apply them to create comprehensive calculations for any quantitative subject. Examples from several fields demonstrate the power and utility of PTC Mathcad’s tools while also demonstrating how users can eff ectively incorporate Microsoft® Excel spreadsheets into the software.



  • Learn the basics faster: Chapter 1 introduces many fundamentals of Mathcad, allowing the reader to begin using the program in less time.
  • Learn PTC Mathcad tools in context: Incorporates many applied examples and problems from a wide
    variety of disciplines.
  • Thorough discussion of many PTC Mathcad tools: Units, arrays, plotting, solving, symbolic calculations, programming, algebra, calculus, differential equations, reading from files, writing to files, and incorporating MS Excel spreadsheets.
  • Each copy of the book includes a code to download PTC® Mathcad Prime® 3.0 Student Edition, giving
    the user a full year of use from the time of installation. (The Student Edition software is intended for educational purposes only.)

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Companion Website
  5. Copyright
  6. Preface
    1. Book Overview
    2. Additional Resources
    3. Teminology
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Part I: Building Your PTC Mathcad Toolbox
    1. Introduction
    2. Chapter 1. An Introduction to PTC® Mathcad Prime® 3.0
      1. Abstract
      2. Before You Begin
      3. Creating Simple Math Expressions
      4. Grouping
      5. Editing Expressions
      6. PTC Mathcad Workspace
      7. Summary of Equal Signs
      8. Regions
      9. Functions
      10. Units
      11. Arrays and Subscripts
      12. Plotting - X-Y Plots
      13. Programming, Symbolic Calculations, Solving and Calculus
      14. Getting Started Tab
      15. Summary
      16. Practice
    3. Chapter 2. PTC® Mathcad Prime® 3.0 for Current Mathcad 15 Users
      1. Abstract
      2. Differences to Become Accustomed to
      3. Exciting New Features in PTC Mathcad Prime
      4. Features from Mathcad 15 that Are Not in Mathcad Prime 3.0
      5. Summary
    4. Chapter 3. Variables and Regions
      1. Abstract
      2. Variables
      3. Types of Variables
      4. Rules for Naming Variables
      5. String Variables
      6. Why Use Variables
      7. Regions
      8. Text Regions
      9. Areas
      10. Additional Information About Math Regions
      11. Find and Replace
      12. Inserting and Deleting Lines
      13. Page View and Page Breaks
      14. Summary
      15. Practice
    5. Chapter 4. Simple Functions
      1. Abstract
      2. Built-in Functions
      3. Labels
      4. User-defined Functions
      5. Examples of User-defined Functions
      6. Passing a Function to a Function
      7. Warnings
      8. Engineering Examples
      9. Summary
      10. Practice
    6. Chapter 5. Units!
      1. Abstract
      2. Introduction
      3. Definitions
      4. Changing the Default Unit System
      5. Using and Displaying Units
      6. Derived Units
      7. Custom Default Unit System
      8. Units of Force and Units of Mass
      9. Creating Custom Units
      10. Units in Equations
      11. Using Labels to Distinguish Between Variables and Units
      12. Units in User-defined Functions
      13. Units in Empirical Formulas
      14. Unit Scaling Functions
      15. Dimensionless Units
      16. Using the Unit Placeholder for Scaling
      17. Summary
      18. Practice
  9. Part II: Hand Tools for Your PTC Mathcad Toolbox
    1. Introduction
    2. Chapter 6. Arrays, Vectors, and Matrices
      1. Abstract
      2. Review of Chapter 1
      3. Tables
      4. Range Variables
      5. Displaying Arrays
      6. Using Units with Arrays
      7. Calculating with Arrays
      8. Array Functions
      9. PTC Mathcad Calculation Summary
      10. Engineering Examples
      11. Summary
      12. Practice
    3. Chapter 7. Selected PTC Mathcad Functions
      1. Abstract
      2. Review of Built-in Functions
      3. Selected Functions
      4. Miscellaneous Categories of Functions
      5. Summary
      6. Practice
    4. Chapter 8. Plotting
      1. Abstract
      2. Plots Tab
      3. Creating a Simple XY Plot
      4. Creating a Simple Polar Plot
      5. XY Plot Range and Tick Marks
      6. Number of Points Plotted
      7. Using Range Variables to Set Plot Domain
      8. Polar Plot Range and Tick Marks
      9. Graphing with Units
      10. Formatting Plots
      11. Graphing Multiple Functions
      12. Plotting Data Points
      13. Parametric Plotting
      14. Trace and Zoom
      15. Plotting over a Log Scale
      16. 3D Plots and Contour Plots
      17. Engineering Examples
      18. Summary
      19. Practice
    5. Chapter 9. Simple Logic Programming
      1. Abstract
      2. Introduction to the Programming Toolbar
      3. Creating a Simple Program
      4. Use of else if and also if Operators
      5. Local Assignment
      6. Return Operator
      7. Boolean Operators
      8. Adding Lines to a Program
      9. Using Conditional Programs to Make and Display Conclusions
      10. Engineering Examples
      11. Summary
      12. Practice
  10. Part III: Power Tools for Your PTC Mathcad Toolbox
    1. Introduction
    2. Chapter 10. Introduction to Symbolic Calculations
      1. Abstract
      2. Getting Started with Symbolic Calculations
      3. Keywords and Modifiers
      4. Solve
      5. Expand, Simplify, and Factor
      6. Coeffs and Collect
      7. Substitute
      8. Combine and Rewrite
      9. Series
      10. Explicit
      11. Using More than One Keyword
      12. Units with Symbolic Calculations
      13. Additional Topics to Study
      14. Summary
      15. Practice
    3. Chapter 11. Solving Engineering Equations
      1. Abstract
      2. Root Function
      3. Polyroots Function
      4. Solve Blocks
      5. lsolve Function
      6. Solve Blocks using Maximize and Minimize
      7. TOL, CTOL, and Minerr
      8. Using Units
      9. Engineering Examples
      10. Summary
      11. Practice
    4. Chapter 12. Advanced Programming
      1. Abstract
      2. Local Definition
      3. Looping
      4. Break and Continue Operators
      5. Return Operator
      6. Try-On-Error Operator
      7. Engineering Example 12.1
      8. Summary
      9. Practice
    5. Chapter 13. Calculus and Differential Equations
      1. Abstract
      2. Differentiation
      3. Integration
      4. Differential Equations
      5. Ordinary Differential Equations (ODEs)
      6. Partial Differential Equations (PDEs)
      7. Engineering Examples
      8. Practice
  11. Part IV: Creating and Organizing Your Engineering Calculations with PTC Mathcad
    1. Introduction
    2. Chapter 14. Putting It All Together
      1. Abstract
      2. Introduction
      3. Guidelines for Naming Variables
      4. PTC Mathcad Toolbox
      5. Hand Tools
      6. Power Tools
      7. Let's Start Building
      8. What is Ahead
      9. Summary
      10. Practice
    3. Chapter 15. PTC Mathcad Settings
      1. Abstract
      2. PTC Mathcad Options
      3. Ribbon Bar Settings
      4. Math Tab
      5. Matrices/Tables Tab
      6. Plots Tab
      7. Math Formatting Tab
      8. Calculation Tab
      9. Document Tab
      10. Summary
      11. Practice
    4. Chapter 16. Customizing PTC Mathcad
      1. Abstract
      2. Styles
      3. Math Formatting and Label Styles
      4. Changing Label Styles
      5. Text Formatting
      6. Headers and Footers
      7. Margins
      8. Quick Access Toolbar Customization
      9. Summary
      10. Practice
    5. Chapter 17. Templates
      1. Abstract
      2. Information Saved in a Template
      3. PTC Mathcad Templates
      4. Review of Chapters 5, 15, and 16
      5. Creating Templates
      6. Where Are Templates Stored?
      7. Creating Your Customized Template
      8. Alternate Default Template
      9. Summary
      10. Practice
    6. Chapter 18. Assembling Calculations from Standard Calculation Worksheets
      1. Abstract
      2. Copying Regions from Other PTC Mathcad Worksheets
      3. Creating Standard Calculation Worksheets
      4. Protecting Information
      5. Potential Problems with Inserting Standard Calculation Worksheets and Recommended Solutions
      6. Guidelines
      7. How to Use Redefined Variables in Project Calculations
      8. Resetting Variables
      9. Using User-defined Functions in Standard Calculation Worksheets
      10. Using the Include Feature
      11. When to Separate Project Calculation Files
      12. Summary
      13. Practice
    7. Chapter 19. Microsoft® Excel Component
      1. Abstract
      2. Introduction
      3. Excel Component Block
      4. Inputs and Outputs
      5. Important Concepts
      6. Existing Spreadsheets
      7. Using Units with Excel
      8. Printing the Excel Component
      9. Summary
      10. Practice
    8. Chapter 20. Conclusion
      1. Abstract
      2. Advantages of PTC Mathcad
      3. Creating Project Calculations
      4. Additional Resources
      5. Conclusion
  12. Appendix 1. PTC® Mathcad Prime® 3.0 Keyboard Shortcuts
    1. Regions
    2. Math
    3. Constants
    4. Plots
    5. Operators
    6. Matrices and Tables
    7. General
  13. Appendix 2. Keyboard Shortcuts for Editing and Worksheet Management
    1. Keyboard Shortcuts for Editing
    2. Keyboard Shortcuts for Worksheet Management
  14. Appendix 3. Greek Letters
    1. Greek Toolbar
  15. Appendix 4. Built-In Constants and Variables
    1. Math Constants
    2. Physics Constants
    3. System Variables
  16. Appendix 5. Reference Tables
  17. Index