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Discussion in 'Electronic Design' started by Tuurbo46, Aug 20, 2004.

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  1. Tuurbo46

    Tuurbo46 Guest


    What math package do all you clever Fourier, Z and laplace people use. I
    have Matlab 6.5, but im not very good at it. Do you enter sums into command
    window, or is there a special toolbox? Also i have Mathmatica. Which is
    the most user friendly?
  2. Don Pearce

    Don Pearce Guest

    I use Mathcad for almost everything. It hasn't the raw power of Maple
    and Mathematica (both of which I also use), but it is incredibly easy
    to use, and layout and format are completely freeform. I am currently
    a beta tester for version 12 - which is looking good.


    Pearce Consulting
  3. That is a relief considering the crappy behavior under Win98SE it has had in
    earlier versions I have (memory loss is so substantial, I'm rebooting each hour
    of use.) I will look forward to the possibility that it has become at least

  4. Leon Heller

    Leon Heller Guest

    I use Scilab. A big advantage is the cost - nothing.

  5. Have you been to their web site to download the patches?
  6. Active8

    Active8 Guest

    This might come as a surprise to you, but winders 98 can only handle
    (manage) 64 MB of ram, IIRC, so if you have more ram in your system,
    it's wasted. You may try the suggested patches. Do a defrag on your
    drive and manually set your virtual memory (swap space) setting.
    Make sure there's enough free drive space to handle the swap space,
  7. Active8

    Active8 Guest

    And when the day comes that it will do 3D graphs for pole/zero that
    look like the ones I can get with Matlab, it'll *really* be the
  8. No, it "eats" up the memory. I can sit and watch with a memory tool as the
    memory simply "goes away." Close the program? Memory is still unreturned.

    I loaded the fixes. No good. And tried it on at least four separate win98
    based boxes, one of them with a freshly loaded O/S (plus Microsoft "critical
    updates," of course.)

  9. Active8

    Active8 Guest

    Ugh. Memory leak. NT and above *should* solve that prob. These
    programs dynamically allocate memory on the heap every time you
    create an object like a variable or a matrix - a varable is just a
    single valued matrix or vector. The pointers have to be freed. Hard
    to beleive the programmers left that many leaks.
    If that were truly the case, nothing else could run.
    So how much does it eat? Before you say "all of it", like I said, 98
    can only manage 65 MB ram so don't tell me it's more than that.
  10. Yup. That's what happens. That's why I have to reboot. (Or, sometimes, just
    turn the sucker off and restart.)

  11. It's the "system resource" pool and the GDI resource pool that gets sucked down.
    If I recall correctly, these are design-limited special areas whose size isn't
    anything close to 64Mb. Different thing.

  12. Here's an article from Microsoft with some information:

    Absolute limits for these areas are:

    16-bit User heap 64K
    32-bit User window heap 2M
    32-bit User menu heap 2M
    16-bit GDI heap 64K
    32-bit GDI heap 2M

    That's true, regardless of how much system memory there is. The last version of
    Mathcad (I own several, including the 2001 thing) that didn't have these
    problems under '98 was several versions back. (And years ago.)

    Unfortunately, because of my work practices, I cannot readily use the newer
    operating systems from Microsoft.

  13. PaulCsouls

    PaulCsouls Guest

    There is an error filled book by Proakis for doing DSP with MATLAB,
    that explains how to transforms. It explains everything well, but
    someone should have proofread it.

  14. I read in that Jonathan Kirwan
    I think you'll have speed trouble if you want to use it with Win98SE.
  15. Andrew Holme

    Andrew Holme Guest

    I use SCILAB which is similar to Matlab but free. Everything must be
    entered in the command window. It was hard work at first. It took
    several evenings and a post to comp.soft-sys.math.scilab to make it do
    what I wanted. It's a good package, the demos are helpful, but the
    documentation could be better.
  16. Reg Edwards

    Reg Edwards Guest

    Mathematical programs are of any use only when you already understand
    exactly how to do it using pencil and paper. They have no educational value
    regarding the subject matter in hand.

    The most disastrous, catastrophic mistakes have been made using maths
    programs in the dark, without knowing exactly what the computer is doing
    with the input data. Only mathematicians should be licensed to use them.

    They are purely grey-matter, time and labour-saving devices at which they
    make excellent tools. All due only to the fantastic speed of modern
    computers. Otherwise they would be no better than log tables and slide
  17. The several versions I've tried run at a far more than adequate speeds on at
    least several of my machines. Why are you imagining this?

  18. I have to disagree with the overall concept here. I agree, it is true
    that one needs to understand in reasonable detail what the maths is.
    However, today it is simply not possible to understand *exactly* the
    implications of the equations from pen and paper. In general, equations
    are too intractable to deal with in the sense that you are alluding to
    here. For example, consider nuclear bomb simulations, or black hole
    collision simulations. The equations are way too complex to understand
    in detail. Its *only* by doing the simulations that one can actually
    develop a feel for how the equations operate. Your view is the "nice
    idea if in an ideal world", but it isn't. The world simply can't be
    analysed using only pen and paper. There isn't even a finite closed form
    solution to algebraic equations of degree greater than 4.

    Kevin Aylward
    SuperSpice, a very affordable Mixed-Mode
    Windows Simulator with Schematic Capture,
    Waveform Display, FFT's and Filter Design.
  19. I read in that Jonathan Kirwan
    I'm not imagining it. I have Mathcad 11.2 on a Win 98SE machine.
    Obviously, speed depends on what you are doing.
  20. I read in that Kevin Aylward
    But we don't normally do those calculations in Engineering, at least, I
    don't. The clients don't ask for it. (;-)

    The legitimate excuse for relying on simulation without much of an
    insight into the nuts and bolts of the mathematics is that the problem
    is non-linear. An analytical solution of a 'simple' full-wave rectifier
    with a small inductor in series on the a.c. side is really TOUGH, but
    finite element analysis will do it easily, at the expense of more
    computation that you would want to do in a week. A current model
    computer will do it in less than a second.
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