Mathcad for Students

Mathcad

Mathcad 15 is used extensively in the Engineering School, and is available for Windows only. Mathcad may be found on ITS Labs and Classroom, on the UVa Hive virtualized environment, and on selected departmental lab computers. Students may also purchase Mathcad for installation on their personal computers at the Textbook Section of the Newcomb Hall Bookstore through an Engineering School site license for Mathcad.

Getting Mathcad 15 Installed on Your Own Computer

You must follow the steps detailed below if you want to have Mathcad work properly on your computer.

  • Go to the Textbook department of the Newcomb Hall Bookstore. Ask for a copy of Mathcad at the desk as it is kept separately from the textbooks. Mathcad is a one-time purchase, and will cost you less than $20. Note: Make sure that you get MATHCAD, as they also sell copies of Mathematica and Matlab at the desk.
  • There are 2 different methods that may be used to install Mathcad on your computer:
    • Via CD if you have a CD/DVD drive on your computer
    • Via download from PTC.com, the publisher of Mathcad 15. Instructions for download installation are below. Note: you still must purchase media from the Bookstore as it contains your individual product activation code. Do not follow the instructions using a CD as they are different from the download instructions.
    • Important! The Product Authorization Code is located on the back of the CD sleeve underneath the orange label and the Bar Code starting with MED. It is written in a serif font on a sticker on the bottom, and is a 22 character code in the form of XXxxxxxxXXxxxx-XXXX-XXxX, where X = a letter, x = a number

Mathcad 15 installation using a CD

After creating your account with PTC, you MUST install 2 additional prerequisites in order to have Mathcad 15 operate correctly on your computer


 Only users with Windows 7 or older need to download this:


 

EVERYONE must download and install this:

  • Reboot your computer to allow the changes to go into effect.
  • Run the Mathcad installer from the Mathcad disk. Browse to the Mathcad folder on the disk. Do NOT use the Setup.exe file as it will cause errors during installation!mathcad1
  • Select Mathcad15WinInstaller.msi and select “Install” from the Right Mouse button Menumathcad2

Mathcad Installation Via Download from PTC.com

  • Go to the PTC Account Creation Page and create an Academic Account using your UVa email.
  • After creating your account with PTC and before you download the program files, you MUST install 2 additional prerequisites in order to have Mathcad 15 operate correctly on your computer:

 


Only users with Windows 7 or older need to download this:


 

EVERYONE must download and install this:

  • Install MSXML 4.0 SP3 Parser and SDK. You MUST install this exact version!
  • Reboot your computer to allow the changes to go into effect.
  • Go to:http://www.ptc.com/support/mathcad_downloads.htm
      • Select Product: Mathcad
      • Releases: 15.0 and above
      • License: Student License
      • File(s) to Download: Download
  • The download page will prompt you to log into your account.
  • Enter your Product Activation Code/ Select Release 15.0, Most Recent Data Code, M040, Download now, HTTP.

Running the Installer

  • Extract the downloaded zip file prior to running the Mathcad Installer.
  • During installation, be sure to select Trial/New License and on the next screen select “Typical.”
  • Later during installation, select I want to acquire a license via the Internet.
  • Then select Educational — Student and enter the product activation code from the label on your disc’s sleeve, omitting dashes. The code is the long one on the bottom sticker.mathcad1
  • Select Mathcad15WinInstaller.msi and select “Install” from the Right Mouse button Menumathcad2

If you believe that you have installed Mathcad successfully, but it appears that the install just disappeared near the end of the process, please follow these instructions:

  • See if there is a Mathcad icon on your desktop
  • Double click it to open it
  • If you get a threatening looking screen relating to licensing, click yes
  • This will take you to your PTC login screen
  • Login, and then enter your very long code found on the bottom of the back of the CD sleeve

For additional help on Mathcad installs, students can go to Open Office Hours, 9:30-11:30 Monday – Thursday at the Library Data Commons @Curry, Room 302, Ruffner Hall, or request an appointment at another time. Please send us an email to make sure we are available at the requested time if not during Open Office Hours.

 For Mac questions, related to Bootcamp, Parallels, VMWare and VirtualBox the Library Data Commons @Curry will work with you.

Troubleshooting Tips

If you were not connected to the internet during installation, PTC will have to email your license file, and you will need to restart the Setup Wizard. Contact the Licensing Support via the method outlined.

After you receive your license file, SELECT:

“I want to configure Mathcad to use an existing license file”

and direct it to the name & location of the license file emailed to you & that you save to your hard drive. Finish out the Wizard and that should do it.

Also: Sometimes under Windows 7, the message may appear that XP Service Pack 2 needs to be installed OR the installation may hang at 50% OR there are HRESULT error messages involving tabler.ocx. To remedy such a problem, install Visual C++ 2005 Redistributable Package (x86) at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5638 After installing the above product, reinstall MathCAD

Mathcad Installation & Licensing Support Center

If you run into difficulties, please consult with your Teaching Assistant to see if they can assist with solving the issue.   If they don’t have a solution for you, this page will guide you through the process of opening a support case with PTC License Management and PTC Technical Support.

http://www.ptc.com/support/mathcad_supportCenter.htm

  • Select at lower part of the page, I already have an Account.
  • Then select: Single User, Student Edition or upgraded from Mathcad Express
  • Then select: Licensing or Installation, depending on the the problem you’re experiencing enter your PTC username and password, and follow the prompts.
  • Describe the problem you’ve encountered.

PTC will assign a support representative to work with you once the request is submitted.

For all academic support of PTC Creo and secondary school support of PTC Mathcad: