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by Mordechai Shacham, Michael B. Cutlip, and Michael Elly

Polymath is a proven computational system that has been specifically created for professional and educational use. The various Polymath programs allow the user to apply effective numerical analysis techniques during interactive problem solving on personal computers. Results are presented graphically for easy understanding and for incorporation into papers and reports. Engineers, mathematicians, scientists, students, or anyone with a need to solve problems will appreciate the efficiency and speed of problem solution. Polymath utilizes a color-coded full-screen editor.  All displays have been optimized for user efficiency.  Also provided with Polymath 6.2 is the UNIQUE capability to automatically export any Polymath problem to Excel with a single keypress. Thus problems can be solved completely in Polymath or exported to ExcelTM for solution. A Polymath ODE_Solver Add-In is included for solving ordinary differential equations in Excel. Automatic export to Excel includes all intrinsic functions and logical variables. Ordered equations can also be provided to assist with optional MatlabTM solutions of Polymath problems.

The Educational Version problem solving capabilities include:

  • Linear Equations - up to 100 simultaneous equations
  • Nonlinear Equations - up to 30 simultaneous nonlinear and 40 additional explicit algebraic equations
  • Differential Equations - up to 30 simultaneous ordinary differential and 40 additional explicit algebraic equations
  • Data analysis and Regression - up to 60 variables with up to 151 data points for each, with capabilities for linear, multiple linear, and nonlinear regressions with extensive statistics plus polynomial and spline fitting with interpolation and graphing capabilities

Click here to get a detailed Overview of Polymath 6.2


Educational Site License Information

The site license allows an academic department (or institution) to use Polymath in all computer labs and to make individual copies available to all faculty, staff and teaching assistants for installation and use on their own computers. Polymath use can also be provided to departmental students by computer networks. The current site license costs for Polymath are $175 and $125 for each successive year thereafter. CACHE nonmember institution rates are an initial $300 and a $250 annual fee for subsequent years. These fees cover any updates or new versions. Polymath for subsequent years will be distributed in June of each year and that version will execute through August of the following year.  Additional updates throughout the year may be issued. Participating departments are requested to distribute individual copies of the Polymath setup file from protected directories or in a manner that individuals outside of the institution cannot download the software.


Ordering Educational Site Licenses from CACHE

To order an educational site license, contact CACHE.


Polymath Trial Offer

CACHE invites faculty to request this package from the CACHE Office for testing and evaluation. If your department decides to obtain Polymath for a three-month testing period, please be aware of the following:

  1. You may place the software in computer labs and reproduce the program as many times as you like for students, staff and faculty.
  2. Your department chairman will be informed of the testing.
  3. If you decide to use Polymath in your department after three months, supporting departments will be billed at the current rates given above.
  4. If you decide not to use Polymath after 3 months, you are expected to  remove or stop further distribution of Polymath.

Arrangements are made through Janet Elliott at the CACHE Office.


Individual User and Corporate Site Licenses for Polymath

Additional licenses of Polymath are not available through CACHE.  Ordering information for Educational and Professional versions is available from the Polymath web site where direct download and CD-ROMs are available.  Individual student versions are provided at significantly reduced prices.  More information including fully functional 15 day Trial Versions can be found on the Polymath web site.


POLYMATH textbook is available!

A companion book by the Polymath authors entitled Problem Solving in Chemical Engineering with Numerical Methods is available from Prentice Hall. Authors: Michael B. Cutlip, University of Connecticut and Mordechai Shacham, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel Publisher: Prentice Hall Copyright 2008, 752 pp. ISBN-10: 0131482041 ISBN-13: 9780131482043 Click here to read more about this book and obtain ordering information. To order, email, and you will be contacted to complete payment.

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