[sdiy] OT: Mathcad users?

Olivier Gillet ol.gillet at gmail.com
Mon Sep 16 09:48:08 CEST 2013

The Mat in Matlab is that of "Matrix", and not "Mathematics". It is
primarily a numerical computation tool - to evaluate programs and
expression on arrays of data - which makes it a tool of choice for
signal and image processing. Its symbolic processing options (solving,
manipulating algebraic expressions) are optional and not really what
people are using the program for.

Octave and Scilab are both open-source clones of Matlab. Both of them
are incompatible with matlab code, which make them kind of pointless
for serious work where one has to reuse reference implementations
available as matlab toolboxes. They are OK for teaching though.

I'm surprised no one has mentioned scipy - which is my tool of choice
for numerical duties and plotting, from an iPython shell. For those
who prefer IDEs and "Notebook" like interfaces, there's this ongoing
project -> www.sagemath.org

On Mon, Sep 16, 2013 at 4:34 AM, Dan Snazelle <subjectivity at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Ive been noticing matlab code in more and more books on digital audio
> Does it also work as a self-teaching tool? Mathmatica seems like it might be good for exploring/learning math
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Sep 15, 2013, at 8:41 PM, rsdio at sounds.wa.com wrote:
>> It's nowhere near as powerful, but Apple ships Grapher with OSX. In Grapher, you can type equations and see them graphed alongside each other, in 2D or 3D. This is a great way to check out a new formula or even a circuit idea. I recently used Grapher to get an idea of the response from adding parallel resistance to the wiper of a pot (note, it's not linear). But there are many limitations compared to the huge environment of MATLAB or similar.
>> Brian
>>> Has anyone here used Mathcad http://www.ptc.com/product/mathcad ?
>>> Any thoughts, tips, probs, etc?
>>> I'll be using it as part of a course I'm doing so I don't really have a
>>> choice regarding alternatives - but if you have a preference for something
>>> similar I'd be interested to hear about it.
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