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Mathcad or Mathematica?

  1. Feb 24, 2005 #1
    Mathcad or Mathematica????

    Hi guys, I already have MathCad 2003 Installed in my computer, should I get Mathematica? What's the difference?

    Can Mathematica find general solution of a differential equations? Mathcad can find only particular ones,

    Can Mathematica solve a system of linear or differential equations or partial differential equations?

    Thanks, and please be specific in the answer about the difference, and if it does it need any programming, I know C++, can I work in it if it needs?
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  3. Feb 24, 2005 #2


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    If you're looking for a general top notch tool Mathematica (or Maple) is your choice, IMHO. With respect to differential eqs and Mathematica you can get a decent view here :

    http://documents.wolfram.com/mathematica/Built-inFunctions/AdvancedDocumentation/DifferentialEquations/NDSolve/index.html [Broken]

    Mathematica is really programmable :

    http://documents.wolfram.com/mathematica/Built-inFunctions/Programming/ [Broken]

    I do quite a bit of my programming stuff with it nowadays, eases and makes development quite a bit faster.
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  4. Feb 24, 2005 #3
    I know that Mathematica does find general solutions of ODEs, but I'm not sure about systems of ODEs and PDEs. It is very programmable, though.
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    :biggrin: :biggrin: Both !
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    It does work with systems, as far as I know with the same limitations it works with ODEs and PDEs.
  8. Feb 25, 2005 #7


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    Definitely numerical.I mean,most of the systems are unsolvable analytically,therefore numerical sollutions can be found.A smart software is all u need...

  9. Feb 25, 2005 #8
    Thanks everybody for the information...
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