Back to College: Knee Deep in Coursework

It’s that time of the year again. College students across the country are finishing up their last day of their summer internships, ready for another year at college. Over the course of a weekend, college towns experience a population boom and mom and dad’s house goes back to being quiet, until Thanksgiving break. Mom is sad because she’s going to miss you, and you’re excited to see all of your college friends and to not have to live with your parents for the next few months.


Dad’s car is packed to the ceiling making for a very uncomfortable drive, no matter if it’s long or short. You arrive at campus, get your room key and start hauling all your “junk” as your parents will call it, up to your new room. My parents always thought I brought too much “junk.” I always argued they would bring twice as much as I did if they were moving into another house for a semester. Unless you are fortunate enough to live in a dorm with AC, the temperature of your room is most likely over 90 degrees. (As much as I enjoy the hot summer days, I was always hoping the temperature would cool off a bit in September so the climate in classrooms and dorm rooms could be bearable). By the time you’re all settled in you are exhausted and ready for a shower. Whether you are a person that likes to beat the crowd by moving in at the earliest moment possible, or you like to wait until all your friends are there before you show up, you will be reuniting with your friends in no time. Enjoying all college has to offer until classes start.

Syllabus week is underway and before you know it you’ll be knee deep in homework, projects, and tests. The professors in your 200, 300, and 400 level courses are expecting that you remember every detail from all the pre-requisite courses, which you probably don’t. The “review” material from last semester seems like a foreign language and you are trying to re-learn the “review” material while learning all the new material. PTC Mathcad is here to help you do just that.

Need help solving algebra problems or your linear algebra courses? PTC Mathcad can quickly solve systems of linear and nonlinear equations both numerically and symbolically with our solve blocks feature. Below you can see two different solutions that produce the same result.

Solve blocks

Just tell PTC Mathcad the equations, give it some guess values, and voila! Your solution appears. We here at PTC have added tons of free content on our community page for you to download for free. There are hundreds of free worksheets that can assist you in getting back up to speed in your math, science, and engineering courses. Content includes the following and more!

  • Math
  • Sciences
    • Physics
    • Chemistry
  • Engineering
    • Mechanical
    • Electrical
    • Civil
    • Structural

You can utilize all of this great material and gain the ability to submit professional quality homework, projects, and reports by downloading your free version of PTC Mathcad Express with 30 days of full functionality, or by buying our PTC Mathcad Prime 3.1 Student Edition with full functionality for ever.

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