PTC Mathcad

Getting Lukewarmer


Last November, I was in my car on a Friday afternoon and listening to WBUR.  Regular listeners will know that Friday afternoons are special because it’s when Science Friday is broadcasted.  On that particular Friday, the topic was about how long mammals take to urinate.  Apparently, some researchers have shown that most mammals take about the same amount of time …

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Death and Math

As the famous saying goes – In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. Like a good procrastinator, I did my taxes this past weekend.  I was a bit curious as to what people have done with Mathcad in the past.  After all, most of the work is filling in boxes, adding and subtracting, …

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Top Math Hoaxes of All Time


In honor of April Fool’s Day, here are the top 5 math hoaxes of all time. This list was compiled by Dreambox Learning and the Museum of Hoaxes. Happy April Fool’s day to all! 5. Metric Time In 1975, the Australian news program This Day Tonight devised a clever plan to convert the country to “metric time.” With the 10-hour metric clock face, …

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Oso Aftermath

What happened this past weekend along the Stilliguamish River in Washington State has been truly tragic.  There have already been 24 confirmed deaths, but many more are still missing.  The landslide (others will also call it mudslide or landslip) occurred when hillsides became saturated with water.  In the 45 days leading up to the event, the area experienced 200% of …

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How DIS-TRAN Steel Added Hours to the Day

Dis-TRAN Steel

Imagine the energy it takes to move and assemble enormous steel transmission structures. Now, think about all the steel pieces that make up that structure. Someone has to ensure that the steel for a multi-million pound job can be assembled quickly. Meet Preston Gleason, Proposal Coordinator for DIS-TRAN Steel, LLC. Gleason ensures that the sizes and lengths are accurate, so …

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Building Thermal Analysis

Thermal Analysis

Building Thermal Analysis covers the major topics of heat transfer and thermal dynamics in buildings, including steady-state and transient multidimensional conduction, convection, radiation, heating and cooling load calculation, and thermal control. Practical methods for building thermal analysis and design, accompanied by explanatory theory and illustrations, are presented. There are excellent worksheets for PTC Mathcad around Steady-State Heat Conduction, Transient Heat Conduction, Radiation Heat Transfer in Buildings, and …

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Calculate, Analyze, Document, and Share

PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 Global Definitions Operator

Do you risk your most important calculations to spreadsheets? Calculations are the heart of engineering and vital to the success of projects and product design. It is essential to capture calculations in a way that is easy to reuse, analyze, and share with others. This allows you to spend more of your time actually engineering. Join us for this FREE …

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How Pumped Hydro Stores Excess Wind Power

Hydro Power Plant

Alternative energy is an important topic given the current state of the world. One solution often discussed is wind power. The problem is, unused wind power is typically lost, although there are solutions, most of them are challenging and extremely expensive. Robert T. Bullard recently wrote an article that was posted on Wind Power Engineering & Development explaining how to store wind …

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Constructing Solutions for Structural Design


Usually when driving across a bridge or walking into a building, you don’t stop to think about the engineering ingenuity that went into creating that structure. The Golden Gate Bridge gets a lot of publicity and La Sagrada Familia is a stunning piece of art, but most structures serve their purpose without much fanfare. In addition to the basic building …

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Desktop Engineering Highlights PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 as Editor’s Pick of the Week

Mathcad Data File Output Rendering

PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0 was recently highlighted as Desktop Engineering’s Editor’s Pick of the Week on January 15th, 2014. Read the full article here. They write, “PTC Inc. (Needham, MA) recently announced the availability of PTC Mathcad Prime 3.0, the latest version of its engineering calculation software for solving, analyzing and sharing engineering design knowledge. At the same time, it also released …

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