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Marc and Mentat combine to deliver a complete solution (pre-processing solution and post-processing solution) for implicit nonlinear FEA. Marc provides the easiest to use and most robust capabilities for contact, large strain, and multiphysics analysis available today to solve static and quasi-static nonlinear problems.

Materials Studio

Materials Studio is a complete modeling and simulation environment designed to allow researchers to predict and understand the relationships of a material’s atomic and molecular structure with its properties and behavior. Materials Studio can be used to understand all types of materials, including pharmaceuticals, catalysts, polymers and composites, semiconductors, molecules, metals and alloys, batteries, and more.


Mathcad is a program used for performing, documenting, and sharing mathematical designs and calculations. The easy to use interface uses standard mathematical notations. Mathcad uses an XML architecture to perform advanced and powerful calculations. Mathcad is available for use in all of the DECS public labs.

Where is Mathcad?

Mathcad is available on all DECS PC machines

How To Use Mathcad

As mentioned above, Mathcad can be used as a scratchpad.  Simply type any equation on the blank page and Mathcad will solve the equation. Mathcad also has several menus/toolbars to help build the equation. The user simply fills in the blank with numbers or variables.

The following toolbars are available:

  • Math
  • Arithmetic
  • Evaluation
  • Graph
  • Matrix
  • Calculus
  • Programming
  • Greek
  • Symbolic
  • Modifier

Mathematica is a mathematical software system developed and distributed by Wolfram Research. It is a program that provides an environment for advanced numerical calculations, data processing, plotting, and much more. Mathematica includes a large list of features for finding a solution to almost any problem. Some of the features include libraries of mathematical functions, data visualization tools, and matrix manipulation tools. Mathematica is available on the DECS PC lab computers and DECS UNIX computing servers.


MATLAB® is a high-level language and interactive environment that enables you to perform computationally intensive tasks faster than with traditional programming languages such as C, C++, and Fortran.

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access is database software developed and distributed by Microsoft; it is part of the Microsoft Office Suite. Access provides an easy to use graphical interface along with a powerful database backend. This software allows for the use of many different types of databases including Access/Jet, Microsoft SQL, Oracle, and more. Access is available on all DECS PC Lab computers and can be installed by DECS on any machine for a minimal fee.

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel is spreadsheet software developed and distributed by Microsoft; it is part of the Microsoft Office Suite. Excel can be used to make large spreadsheets as well as complex graphs and charts. This program has features that include many graph and chart options, advanced equations, in addition to advanced cell manipulation. Excel is available on all the DECS PC Lab computers and can be installed by DECS on any machine for a minimal fee.

Microsoft Office OneNote

Microsoft OneNote 2010 is a digital notebook that provides a single place where you can gather all of your notes and information, with the added benefits of powerful search capabilities to find what you are looking for quickly, plus easy-to-use shared notebooks so you can manage information overload and work together with others more effectively.

Microsoft Office Project

User-controlled scheduling puts you in control and brings together the flexibility and ease of a tool like Microsoft® Excel® 2010 and the power of the Project scheduling engine. And, with a completely new and visually-enhanced timeline view, you have an easier, more intuitive way to see and share key dates and deadlines.

Microsoft Office Visio

Microsoft Visio 2010 advanced diagramming tools help you simplify complexity with dynamic, data-driven visuals and new ways to share on the Web in real time. Whether you’re creating an organizational chart, a network diagram, or a business process, the new tools and more intuitive interface in Visio 2010 make it easier to bring your diagrams to life.