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Using PTC Mathcad Prime 2.0 to Restructure a Computer Applications Course

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Using PTC Mathcad Prime 2.0 to Restructure a Computer Applications Course

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Authors: Kenneth P. Brannan, Kaitlin H. Marley, John A. Murden

In the mid-1990s, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at The Citadel selected PTC Mathcad as its programming language for a computer applications class. PTC Mathcad offers a comparable programming capability to previously used languages with additional advantages. These advantages include the ability to produce well-documented solutions, perform routine calculations, generate quality graphs with ease, and incorporate units as part of a computation. Since PTC Mathcad’s introduction, instructors have worked to improve the learning environment to increase student enthusiasm and enhance understanding by team teaching, active learning, frequent tests and assignments, flowcharting, pseudocode, debugging features, and clickers. The latest version of PTC Mathcad offers many new features that greatly simplify learning in the PTC Mathcad environment.