## Engineering and Design for the Future: The Making of the 10,000 Year Clock Project

Imagine this: A 300 foot tall clock encased in the middle of a mountain. Gliding titanium gears, clacking ruby latches, sapphire, metals, and ceramic all perfectly fitted and working in unison so that the clock will be able to endure and capture time for 10,000 years. A giant 9 foot tall pendulum swings back and forth glacially within the mountain …

## Getting Started with Mathcad Prime

Guest blog by Mark Walker Director of Mathcad Product Management, PTC   I’m pleased to share that we’re working on a new architectural solution to enable direct utilization of Mathcad inside Creo models.  PTC has captured many related use cases in recent years, but we haven’t had the ideal foundational relationship between the two apps to best solve those use …

## Mathcad- A Better Choice for Engineering Calculations

Excel is an accountant’s tool, a general journal, a ledger. It was never intended to be used by engineers trying to analyze bridge capacity, size transformers, or calculate the stress on a plane’s fuselage. When used for its intended purpose, Excel is an excellent tool, providing tabular displays of numbers, analytics for finance and interactivity through pivot tables and pivot …

One of the features of Mathcad Prime 2.0 is enabling use of multiple processors/cores for worksheet calculations. A natural question is: “How does this help?” As with all finer things in life (and I consider Mathcad in this category), the answer depends on many factors. Before answering the question, let me clarify some of the basic concepts. Multi-threading and parallelism …

## Teaching and Learning Corner: Using Include Worksheets

As a teenager I was, I realize now, a terrible learner. I attribute this fact to having developed the wrong priorities – I am not sure it was entirely my fault. Success was measured by test scores. High test scores could be attained via rote memorization. Therefore, I focused on memorizing facts in history, formulas in math and science, and …

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## Temperature Units

Simple units conversion Unit conversion are simple (in most cases): Converting a quantity, say length, from one unit (e.g. inches) to another (e.g. meters) involves multiplying the quantity by a factor (namely 0.0254). This is very convenient because the following calculations can be done without any ambiguity: Why am I even writing about this? This stuff is trivial. A paradox …