PRISM Magazine On-Line  - November 1999
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by Andrea Gabrick

Online Book & Software Store

    SciTech International has added thousands of how-to manuals and other technical software books to its online catalog of engineering and scientific software.

    By visiting the Web site, — which previously contained only software packages—engineers and scientists can now browse more than 8,000 indexed and cross-referenced software titles to find corresponding books and instructional guides from various publishers.

    Users can also contact technical sales specialists to help them choose appropriate books for the software they use by calling (800) 898-9044. Sales consultants are available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Central time), Monday through Friday.

Engineering Encyclopedia

    John Wiley & Sons has introduced the 24-volume Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

    This comprehensive resource contains more than 1,450 articles arranged alphabetically by subject, each with a list of citations, as well as a listing of related topics within the encyclopedia. Topics include applications, history of electronics and electronic engineering, education, patents, technology and society, and software and computer engineering.

    The encyclopedia includes a one-year site license to a Web version, which includes the entire contents of the print version, frequent updates with new articles, and a key-word search engine. See for a complete list of articles and full-text samples.

    The Encyclopedia of Electrical and Electronics Engineering costs $7,995. For more information or to order, call (800) 225-5945; or e-mail:

Educational Software

    TI InterActive! is a user-friendly, integrated computer software package that links Texas Instruments' popular TI-83 graphing calculator to computers and the Internet.

    The program includes a word processor with an integrated math system that allows teachers and students to transfer programs, equations, lists, matrices, and other files between the calculator and document. Users can manipulate calculations on functions and data in a live document, and view tables, graphs, and data simultaneously.

    The software includes a list of electronic activities, which can also be downloaded from the Web site. TI InterActive! can be used with the TI-83 or TI-83 Plus via the TI-GRAPH LINK cable, or as a stand-alone product.

    TI InterActive! will be available in early 2000. It runs on Windows 95/98/NT and requires a CD-ROM drive and 5MB of disk space. See for a demonstration, additional product information, and cost; or call (800) TI- CARES.


    Freebody, from Physics Academic Software, is a program that uses artificial intelligence to teach students how to understand and diagram forces.

    The program features ten exercises of increasing difficulty that lead students through the diagramming process and provide immediate feedback. Students describe forces in their own words using vectors, and the computer automatically draws a diagram. This dialogue is recorded for evaluation by the instructor.

    Freebody runs on Macintosh or Windows 3.1 or higher. It costs $100 for a single-copy, $400 for a 10-copy lab pack, and $250 for a high school site license. For more information or to order, call (800) 955-8275; e-mail:; or see

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