Mathcad_introduction1 - Getting Started To run the demo...

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Unformatted text preview: Getting Started To run the demo version of MATHCAD, you'll need a Windows computer. To start Mathcad, double-click on the Mathcad icon. A Mathcad window opens onto an empty document. You can exit the Mathcad demo at any time by choosing Exit from the File menu. Learning to use Mathcad To run any of the exercise programs simply copy the EXERI.MCD through EXCERXII.MCD files to a convenient directory on your hard drive and open the desired file by using the File menu of demomcad. Demomcad is set to run automatically once the file is opened. For some exercises and on some slower machines it will be useful to press the Esc key while the program executes and then select MANUAL from the Math menu. Further details will be illustrated in class sessions. To make it easy to learn Mathcad, some demonstration screens have been provided. To see these screens, choose Getting Started from the Help menu. It's easiest to learn Mathcad if you can see the Mathcad window and the demo window at the same time. Here's an easy way to do this: Minimize all windows except the Mathcad document window and the demo window. To do this, click on the down arrow button at the upper right corner of each window. Choose Tile from Mathcad's Window menu. When you do this, Mathcad arranges the two open windows side by side so that you can see both windows at once. The picture on the next page shows a document window and a Handbook window tiled this way. "Getting Started" contains simple instructions on how to use Mathcad. Just follow the instructions and you're on your way. To reveal more of a window, scroll it. You can either click in the demo window and press [PgDn], or use the scroll bar. Using Help to learn Mathcad You'll find Mathcad's context-sensitive help system invaluable for learning Mathcad. You can get help on many operators, functions, menu items and even error messages. Just click on whatever you want help on and press [F1]. Mathcad jumps directly to the relevant help screen. Try browsing through the help system to get an overview of Mathcad's features and how to use them. This demo version has everything Mathcad has except symbolic calculations, the ability to save and print documents, the ability to use the clipboard, search and replace, and the ability to create documents larger than a page. Choose Index from the Help menu to get into Mathcad's help system. Iteration Mathcad is a tool for financial analysis as well as science and engineering. The document on the facing page performs a variety of calculations for mortgage analysis. This document shows: Range variables. These are variables with many different values. Use them to perform hundreds of calculations with a single equation. The summation operator. Mathcad supplies dozens of basic and advanced math operators including integrals and derivatives. Just click in the palette on the left side of the window to insert them into your document. Multiple fonts. You can use any Windows font for math or text. This document demonstrates bold and Roman Helvetica in two different sizes. A sample document similar to this one is on your hard disk. Go ahead and make some changes in it. Choose Getting Started from the Help menu and click on the button "TOC" at the top of the palette. Scroll down and double-click with the right mouse button on "Sample Documents." Then, scroll down and double-click on "Home mortgage calculations" with the right mouse button. Here are some ideas to get you started. Change the annual percentage rate APR or the loan amount and see its effect on the payments. Adapt the document to a car loan. Set last to 4 or 5 and change House price and Down pint to 15000 and 3000. The full version of Mathcad comes with extensive symbolic math capabilities, a comprehensive handbook, full clipboard and printer support, and the ability to create documents much larger than a page. Feel free to make copies of these disks and this pamphlet to share with your friends and colleagues. Just make sure you copy ail the files on all the disks when you do. The figures on the next pages are provided in order to supplement the Chap01.doc File. Hard copy was used to avoid long download times. This chapter and the associated figures will be discussed in class. ...
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