Pearson Prentice Hall Selects Mathsoft's Mathcad As Solution Engine For OneKey Engineering Resource

Mathcad provides engineering faculty with infinite number of solutions to 3,000 customizable engineering mechanics problems

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—June 13, 2005— Pearson Prentice Hall, the world's leading educational publisher, has selected Mathcad(R) from Mathsoft(R) Engineering & Education, Inc. as the solution engine for Hibbeler, Statics & Dynamics OneKey - a Web-based support system for teaching and learning resources with more than 3,000 customizable statics and dynamics problems.

The Hibbeler OneKey system is a companion to Prentice Hall's flagship engineering mechanics texts - the hardback Hibbeler, "Engineering Mechanics, 10/e" texts or the new paperback Hibbeler, "Principles of Mechanics" books - specifically designed for use with OneKey. These are the preeminent and best-selling foundation texts for engineering students, published globally for more than 30 years.

In the Hibbeler OneKey, professors can quickly edit, customize or individualize any problem in the repository, then post it online for student assignments. By changing values in a problem, instructors can guarantee a fresh problem for every class. OneKey employs Mathcad worksheets to generate detailed, step-by-step solutions to these problems that faculty can hide or selectively share with students. The combined capability gives professors an unlimited supply of new, unique and virtually plagiarism-proof problems and one-click custom solutions. This fresh content enables instructors to create a custom course without the traditional worry that classic problems and solutions are being distributed among friends and incoming students.

"Mathcad is one of the most comprehensive and scalable ways to enable engineering instructors to develop solutions to customized problems," said Holly Stark, senior engineering marketing manager for Prentice Hall. "Many engineering professors use Mathcad already, and we have full confidence in it as the solution engine for the Hibbeler OneKey statics and dynamics problems."

Faculty members who have sampled the power of the Mathcad-OneKey combination, which will be available worldwide July 1, are pleased with the flexibility and convenience. "Having the entire solution manual available as live Mathcad files is a tremendous advantage," said Scott Hendricks, associate professor of engineering science and mechanics at Virginia Tech. "Not only do I have the complete solution for every problem, but when I change variables to create a new problem, the file is immediately updated to give me the new answers. With this system I can provide fresh problems every semester or even for every student. The student cannot rely on old borrowed solutions. They will have to actually work the problem from scratch, which means they will have a better opportunity to learn the material. The combination of flexibility and ease of use is unmatched in the textbook industry."

Ninety percent of Fortune 1000 companies, 500 government agencies and 2,000 colleges and universities around the world use Mathsoft solutions to capture the strategic value in their engineering calculations. Professors who don't have Mathcad can visit http://education.mathsoft.com/teaching/trial/ to request a trial academic version of Mathcad.

"We look forward to supporting Prentice Hall and the thousands of students around the world who will interact with and learn from Mathcad-based solutions worksheets in OneKey," said Mathsoft Vice President of Marketing Mike Cassettari. "The engineers of tomorrow need to be more prepared than ever, and the combination of the Hibbeler Engineering Mechanics textbooks, OneKey and Mathcad make a tremendous foundation for that preparation."

The Hibbeler OneKey course offers additional student and instructor resources as well, including tutorials, visualization software, presentation resources, and Prentice Hall's Grade Assist, an online algorithmic homework grading system. For more information on the Hibbeler textbooks and OneKey, visit www.prenhall.com/hibbelerinfo. For information on obtaining Mathcad, please visit www.mathcad.com.

About Pearson Education

Educating 100 million people worldwide, Pearson Education is the global leader in educational publishing. With such renowned brands as Pearson Prentice Hall, Pearson Scott Foresman, Pearson Addison Wesley, Pearson Benjamin Cummings and many others, Pearson Education provides quality content, assessment tools and educational services in all available media, spanning the learning curve from birth through college and beyond.

About Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc.

Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc. pioneered calculation management solutions that protect engineering innovation, investments and intellectual capital while improving organizational efficiency and productivity. Mathsoft software is the internationally recognized standard for technical calculations and applying mathematics. More information on Cambridge, Mass.-based Mathsoft is available at www.mathsoft.com. Mathsoft and Mathcad are registered trademarks of Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc. All other names are trademarks of their respective manufacturers. (C) 2005 Mathsoft Engineering & Education, Inc.



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