Faculty Advisor

Fehribach, Joseph D.


The usability of Maple and MathCAD is measured via test scores, time, and happiness. It is also measured qualitatively via a user's ability to learn to perform fundamental mathematical operations, to use previously learned skills and online help to answer complex questions; the users' computer, mathematical and mathematics via computer experience is also considered. Twenty-six students were tested on both programs. The results suggest that Maple is overall more usable and requires less improvement to increase its usability.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences