Date: Thu Apr 05 2001 - 09:44:37 PDT
I use Mathematica extensively, both for quick calculations and graphing,
for large projects. What continues to impress me most is its
flexibility--it can be
adapted through your own custom definitions or "programming" to handle
much any problem that can be expressed mathematically. It also really
have its powerful, flexible graphing capability available while debugging a
In my experience, Mathematica does have a significant learning curve as you
discover which of its overwhelming number of capabilities are most useful
If you are looking for a pre-canned spreadsheet/equation/charting tool with
user interface, then Mathematica is probably not the way to go. I have
it appeals most to people who like mathematics, programming, or advanced
and like to develop or modify tools rather than use them as-is.
I don't have much personal experience, but based on reliable sources, it
both MathCAD and MatLab are very good tools provided your problems match
I hope this helps.
Best regards, Mark Gailus
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