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Currently I am using excel for all my design calculation. I wanted to know if mathcad is better and how is it better.
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Welcome to Mathcad!
The best way I know to describe Mathcad is as an active hand-written sheet.
Another example:
Mathcad has the capability to perform complex calculations, display the results clearly, and present the analysis in a form that can be understood by anyone who knows math--no programming skills required.
That's easily so.
Raiko
Excel uses "^" to raise a power. 4**2 gives 400 (4E2), not 16.
Welcome to Mathcad!
The best way I know to describe Mathcad is as an active hand-written sheet.
Another example:
Mathcad has the capability to perform complex calculations, display the results clearly, and present the analysis in a form that can be understood by anyone who knows math--no programming skills required.
Apart from the benefits mentioned by Raiko and Fred, you can also do programming (if at all necessary). So in my opinion, Mathcad is definitely better than excel for performing design calculations and my favorite reason for choosing Mathcad over excel is that I do not need to take care of units as the unit system is already built inside the Mathcad system and I can get the output in any desired units.
Better is the using both - Mathcad and Excel!
There are many excellent answers. One more is that you can check and defend your math. As a licensed Engineer, I am required to submit my calculations as part of the legal documents that make up an Engineering project.
With Mathcad, someone can follow my logic to check my work or challenge it. I can also defend my work if challenged. Try that in a spreadsheet where all of the logic is hidden and cryptic. When using a complex spreadsheet, created by someone else, how do you know that the answers you are getting are valid?
As a University Lecturer, I require electronic PDF submission of assignments. I can review math done by hand and scanned to PDF. Better, the University provides Mathcad so that they can submit it in a very clear format. But a spreadsheet? How can I look at that and tell where a mistake was made or how the student arrived at the answer? Assignments are part of the learning process. If I can't tell how the student made their mistake and explain that to them, they learn nothing.
There is such an anecdote. It cannot be translated into English. May be Werner translate?
Сидят грузин и арменин и разговаривают по-русски, который знают не очень хорошо.
Грузин говорит: "Грузин лучше арменина!"
Арменин спрашивает: "Чем лучше?"
Грузин отвечает: "Чем арменин!"