MathCAD



FOREWORD3


The Foreword for the Third edition of the book Mathcad 8Pro for Students and Engineers

The layout of this book is two-sided.

On the one hand this is corrected and updated reprint of two former books written by the author and published by Computer-Press Publishing House in 1996 (Mathcad Plus for Students and Engineers) and in 1998 (Mathcad Pro 7 for Students and Engineers). The forewords to these editions are given below. There was even an idea to design the book cover in the manner when the Mathcad version No is not typed, but arranged as a frame with numbers inserted: 6.0 PLUS, Pro 7, Pro 8 etc., like score is changed during soccer game.

On the other hand, the author added new examples and chapters which extend the knowledge on Mathcad showing that it is an universal software for solution of different tasks related to pure mathematics, physics, economics etc. The application of Mathcad in formalization of fuzzy logics and fuzzy sets is described, methods for structurization, debugging and optimization of Mathcad programs are given, procedures for design of new internal Mathcad functions with C language are detailed etc.

In addition:

1. A lot of attention is definitely given to new features of the leading MathCAD version ¾ MathCAD Pro: methods and functions for solution of optimization tasks are described; more flexible instruments for search for equation roots and systems are detailed; extended three-dimensional graphics is given etc. The author tested beta-versions of the software[1]. Comments were sent to designers, and the dialog between the author and MathSoft is partly given in this book.

2. The illustration concept of the book ahs been changed drastically. Now these are not printouts of Mathcad documents, but screen copies (even moldings of several copies[2]) with Mathcad system messages and authors comments on hints related to users dialog with computer. Operators with white background are written on grey background (View Region). Author thinks that this improves readability of figures in the book.