Math calculation software is used to perform mathematical calculations. Math calculation software can provide general core calculations as well as graphical analysis that can be used in engineering, scientific and technological disciplines. There are many different types of math calculation software. Simple math software includes basic calculator applications that are included with operating systems. These calculators can perform basic arithmetic functions, derive square roots, calculate...
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Q & A on Math Calculation Software

We asked our users for their input on Math Calculation Software. Here are the results of 55 users familiar with Math Calculation Software.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice |

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing math calculation software design?
6 answers
Answers:
Succinct solution to the of integrals differential equations that refer to both ordinary and partial types.
~Udo H., Research & Development, Sinsheim, Germany
Having faster computers can develop more complex algorithms.
~Jesus M, Research & Development, Torreon, Mexico
Several because there are many new materials.
~Dr. Rodolfo Solis, Engineering Consultant, Guatemala, Guatemala
Real time links to real world data.
~K E, PW Director, Reidsville, NC
RF Wireless Design.
~Component engineer supporting the design engineering community., Mayfield Heights, OH
Excel
~Engineering, Design, Baroda, India

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative math calculation software?
5 answers
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Depends on how you look at it. Wolfram appears to be the most robust and MathCad used to be the most affordable and practical.
~K E, PW Director, Reidsville, NC
I like mathcad, because it calculates as it is written in mathematical notation.
~Jesus M, Research & Development, Torreon, Mexico
Several, depending on different parameters used.
~Dr. Rodolfo Solis, Engineering Consultant, Guatemala, Guatemala
Http://maxima.sourceforge.net/
~Udo H., Research & Development, Sinsheim, Germany
MATHCAD MATHWORKS Maplesoft
~Component engineer supporting the design engineering community., Mayfield Heights, OH

Applications and UseTop

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that math calculation software have been used for.
7 answers
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Many math-software packages do not deal with the field of differential or integral geometry comprehensively, that are relevant in the field of general relativity, for instance.
~Udo H., Research & Development, Sinsheim, Germany
Used in class to quickly show students how changes in system parameters such as pipe size, length, roughness affects the hydraulics of a system.
~K E, PW Director, Reidsville, NC
Prediction of strong electrolytes' solubility in concentrated aqueous solutions using the Pitzer algorithm.
~Jesus M, Research & Development, Torreon, Mexico
Mine shaft guide rail misalignment analysis and realignment schedule. Geospatial route optimization.
~Frieder Hecker, Engineering Consultant, Rayton, South Africa
Application in reducing plant operation cost.
~Dr. Rodolfo Solis, Engineering Consultant, Guatemala, Guatemala
All base formula.
~Student, Raipur, India
Draw graphs
~Sinnadurai Sripadmanaban, Design Engineer, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of math calculation software?
3 answers
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Yes, especially when people have no idea about the representation of solutions provided in more or less abstract mathematical form.
~Udo H., Research & Development, Sinsheim, Germany
Yes: Improper documentation, especially of user applications, is the main cause.
~Frieder Hecker, Engineering Consultant, Rayton, South Africa
Many times
~Student, Raipur, India

Q:
What math calculation software have you used?
16 answers
Answers:
Ferroxcube Magnetics Soft Ferrite Design
~Component engineer supporting the design engineering community., Mayfield Heights, OH
All unit operations in food processing.
~Dr. Rodolfo Solis, Engineering Consultant, Guatemala, Guatemala
Design calculation of pressure vessel.
~Engineering, Design, Baroda, India
Http://maxima.sourceforge.net/
~Udo H., Research & Development, Sinsheim, Germany
MATLAB MATHCAD Spreadsheets
~Frieder Hecker, Engineering Consultant, Rayton, South Africa
Check machine performance
~Purchasing, KARACHI, Pakistan
Mathlab SPSS TI-84/89
~Engineering, Consulting, Raanana, Israel
MathCad, Excel, Lotus
~K E, PW Director, Reidsville, NC
MS Excel
~Engineering, Consulting, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic
Mathlab
~MUMBAI, India
Mathcad
~Engineering, Consulting, Bolingbrook, IL
MathCad
~Jesus M, Research & Development, Torreon, Mexico
Mathcad
~Engineering, Design, Christchurch, New Zealand
Eureka
~Sinnadurai Sripadmanaban, Design Engineer, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Excel
~Engineering, Design, Olongapo, Philippines
Excel
~Project Management, New Delhi, India

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for these products?
9 answers
Answers:
Comprehensive manual divided into sections dealing with various fields such as linear algebra, vector and tensor analysis, 2-D and 3-D graphical representations of functions, interface to C++ compilers, expanding fields like statistical application examples just to name a few out of many others.
~Udo H., Research & Development, Sinsheim, Germany
Solve equations, custom made for particular applications(overhead line sag/tension calculations, fault calculations in power systems, generator/transformer sizing etc).
~Sinnadurai Sripadmanaban, Design Engineer, Colombo, Sri Lanka
To create an executable file from a given calculation procedure. Database (SQL server) read and write access. ESRI shape file read and write access.
~Frieder Hecker, Engineering Consultant, Rayton, South Africa
More graphics options, better representation of mathematical symbols as integral and differential symbols, improve the transfer to text files.
~Jesus M, Research & Development, Torreon, Mexico
The graphing capabilities can always be improved. They need to be able to be easily clipped or ported to other applications like Word, etc.
~K E, PW Director, Reidsville, NC
Very important because use less time and then less cost.
~Dr. Rodolfo Solis, Engineering Consultant, Guatemala, Guatemala
RF PCB Board Layout software calculation.
~Component engineer supporting the design engineering community., Mayfield Heights, OH
All base formula
~Student, Raipur, India
Vessel
~Engineering, Design, Baroda, India

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using math calculation software?
4 answers
Answers:
Many packages yield rather complicated and cumbersome solutions in the form of integrals to differential equations. Maxima is a good example of a free package that even outperforms commercial packages having cumbersome solutions. It descends from Macsyma http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macsyma.
~Udo H., Research & Development, Sinsheim, Germany
Select Software which has the widest usage base to insure that it will not go obsolete and is supported fully.
~Component engineer supporting the design engineering community., Mayfield Heights, OH
Look at the upgrade history closely and the upgrade policies.
~K E, PW Director, Reidsville, NC
Enjoys as mathematics come alive before your eyes.
~Jesus M, Research & Development, Torreon, Mexico

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of math calculation software?
5 answers
Answers:
Try before buying: If a (limited usage period) trial version is not available, find a running version of software in your short list and test it.
~Frieder Hecker, Engineering Consultant, Rayton, South Africa
I recommend the software with the use of units in their calculations, it avoid confusing liters per minute of kilograms per hour.
~Jesus M, Research & Development, Torreon, Mexico
Figure out what you want to use it for and don't purchase more computing power than you are likely to need.
~K E, PW Director, Reidsville, NC
These packages should have a continuance of development and substantial improvement!
~Udo H., Research & Development, Sinsheim, Germany
Keep away from software which has a very narrow or specific application.
~Component engineer supporting the design engineering community., Mayfield Heights, OH

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