MathSoft Delivers Unprecedented Value for Students and Professors With Release of New Mathcad Academic Package
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MathSoft Delivers Unprecedented Value for Students and Professors With Release of New Mathcad Academic Package

Intuitive medium for teaching and sharing concepts shortens learning curve for engineering, math and science disciplines

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 10, 2002-- MathSoft Engineering and Education, Inc., the leading provider of interactive math, science, engineering and educational software, content and Web services, today introduced the Mathcad 2001i Professional - Academic Package, the most powerful technical calculation and publishing software available for higher education. Mathcad 2001i Professional - Academic Package gives the academic community affordable access to the software tool used by millions of professional engineers and scientists worldwide. MathSoft has also included a Bonus Pack of advanced modeling and problem-solving capabilities, further extending the performance of the software. MathSoft is offering the Mathcad 2001i Professional - Academic Package, commercially valued at more than $4,500, for $129.99 for academic use.

Through its patented technology and use of natural math notation, Mathcad simplifies the most complex calculations and designs. Mathcad lets users bring together equations, text and graphs into a single worksheet, so students are able to easily manipulate math and see the results change instantly, creating an unparalleled learning experience. Students and teachers can then focus on math concepts rather than getting bogged down in the tedious and complex syntax of traditional math packages.

Mathcad's inherent functionality and transparency make it a natural fit for the classroom and provides an environment conducive to teaching and learning. Mathcad is uniquely natural in its approach, as it is the only math tool that allows students to work with math in real notation, just as they would using paper and pencil. Its ease-of-use makes the benefits of powerful math software accessible to students of all levels. If the curriculum contains math content, any student capable of taking the course is capable of writing, calculating, manipulating and visualizing it directly in Mathcad. By incorporating Mathcad in the classroom, professors provide students with a solution that is applicable across a wide range of disciplines and one that is used daily by millions of engineers and scientists to solve extremely demanding problems.

To further enhance this package for students and faculty, the free downloadable Bonus Pack includes VisSim Academic for integration with Mathcad 2001i. With VisSim, Mathcad users can model and simulate control, communication or signal processing systems. Other additional downloadable programs include the Signal Processing Extension Pack, Image Processing Extension Pack, Wavelets Extension Pack and Solving & Optimization Pack. Users also get three Schaum's titles, including College Physics, Mechanical Vibrations and Thermodynamics for Engineers.

"Engineering, science and math professors are encountering more challenges in helping their students acquire the math skills and concepts necessary to succeed in the corporate engineering environment," said Chris Randles, chairman and CEO of Mathsoft. "Not only does Mathcad aid students in their education, it also prepares them for their career by acclimating them with an industry standard software tool that they will utilize in the workplace."

"Mathcad makes it easier for students to study math and engineering because it puts the emphasis on understanding math, not big math programming packages," said John Hwalek, associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of Maine. "By eliminating the complex calculations, students were able to spend their study time understanding the technical concepts."

Mathcad 2001i Professional - Academic Package offers all of the new functionality of MathSoft's popular Mathcad 2001i Professional Edition. Mathcad also integrates with a variety of applications including spreadsheets, Microsoft Office applications, Visio®, AutoCAD® and MATLAB®.

Added features that enhance the Mathcad experience for the academic community include:

The Mathcad 2001i Academic Bonus Pack includes the following free downloadable programs:

Additional electronic titles and Mathcad Add-Ins for all Mathcad users are available for free via download from the Library at www.mathcad.com, a Web site devoted to Mathcad users. These titles extend Mathcad's utility with industry-specific content and functionality in areas such as electrical engineering, statistics, thermal analysis and electromagnetics. Each book can be previewed on the Web site with a description of each title, a table of contents and a sample file. Electronic libraries equip the Mathcad user with discipline targeted application examples and reference materials.

Pricing and Availability

Mathcad 2001i Professional - Academic Package is available for a suggested retail price of $129.99 and runs on Windows XP, 98, Me, NT and 2000. The product is available at www.edu.com, www.journeyed.com and at most college and university bookstores. For a limited time Mathsoft is providing free evaluation copies of Mathcad 2001i Professional - Academic Package to qualifying professors. To explore this offer, please visit www.mathcad.com/AcademicEval or contact a MathSoft academic sales representative at 1-800-628-4223 or academic@mathsoft.com.

About MathSoft Engineering & Education, Inc.

MathSoft Engineering & Education, Inc. is the leading provider of interactive math, science, engineering and educational software products and content. The company's Mathcad and StudyWorks product lines use patented technology to combine rich, interactive content with powerful tools for learning, communicating and applying mathematics in real-world technical applications. Mathcad, the internationally recognized standard for technical calculation and applying mathematics, is deployed at 90% of the Fortune 1000 companies, over 500 government installations, and more than 2,000 colleges and universities. StudyWorks, a market leader with over one million licensees, enhances the teaching and learning of math and science online and in secondary education, helping students explore and understand key subjects. Based in Cambridge, Mass., MathSoft Engineering & Education, Inc. has additional offices in the U.K. and Germany and distributors in over 50 countries. The company can be found on the Web at www.mathsoft.com.

Mathcad and StudyWorks! are registered trademarks of MathSoft Engineering & Education, Inc. All other names or marks may be registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.


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