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RE: Mathcad vs. Matlab

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I would say MathCAD is likely more useful...unless you are doing stiffness
method by hand and need to do manipulation of large matricies and lots of
matrix math.  MathCAD allows for graphical calculation sheets (i.e. you can
create functional forumula that are visible).  This of Excel to some degree
except all the forumlas are visable and function...not hidden in cells).
Matlab is primarily aimed at doing serious matix math, but can do "regular"
math too...but is not as graphical (i.e. see the formulas) as MathCAD...at
least the last time I used it.

Regards,

Scott
Adrian, MI

-----Original Message-----
From: Haan, Scott M POA [mailto:Scott.M.Haan(--nospam--at)poa02.usace.army.mil] 
Sent: Thursday, November 01, 2007 2:24 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Mathcad vs. Matlab


Is Mathcad or Matlab more useful for structural engineering?  I haven't used
either, what is the difference?

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