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Software to use for calculus I-III

  1. Jan 8, 2010 #1

    Is there software that I can use while learning calc I-III? I dont need the software to give me the answers, but something that I can use to be able to manipulate formulas.

    Example. If I have to do a question in the textbook, I would have to write the integral and derivative formulas by hand while figuring out the answer.

    I want to be able to write what I usually would by hand on computer, but still do the math myself.

    Main reason is the have clean looking notes for when I go back to study for exams.


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  3. Jan 11, 2010 #2
    You can use Microsoft Word with Mathtype. This will allow you to write your equations in the same manner as you would see them in a textbook or write them by-hand yourself.

    I use Mathtype everyday.

    See the link below.

    http://www.dessci.com/en/products/mathtype/ [Broken]

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  4. Jan 11, 2010 #3

    hi Matt,

    Thanks for the info. I downloaded the trial and its exactly what I was looking for. Is there anything like this for physics?

  5. Jan 11, 2010 #4
    Not sure what you mean. Do you mean a program that has the equations pre-written for you? If so, the answer is no.

  6. Jan 11, 2010 #5
    Hi Matt,

    what I am interested in is something where I can create the diagrams of what I am studying, vectors for example. but come to think of it, I guess some type of simple drawing program would work for the time being.

    Thanks again.

  7. Jan 11, 2010 #6
    Ohh ok ... now I understand.

    No there isn't anything that I have come across for that. I just use the tools that Word provides. It can be tricky.

  8. Jan 11, 2010 #7


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    Word used to have a basic drawing module built into it which worked pretty well for me for drawing vector diagrams for lab handouts and such. But then Microsoft integrated the drawing tools into Word itself and geared the default format settings towards making pretty shapes for business presentations. Apparently in order for a diagram in a business report to look professional, all the shapes have to be filled with pastel color gradients, and be surrounded with drop shadows. :yuck: :cry:
  9. Jan 11, 2010 #8


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    MathCAD is your best bet, if you want to be able to manipulate realistic-looking equations and actually do computations with what you enter. MathType is just a typesetting tool, and does no actual computation.

    - Warren
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