Word+Equate is an add-in tool for Microsoft(R) Word. Version 2010 or later is required.

This chapter outlines the application’s basic features.

It expands the power of Word for the technical professional by allowing live calculations to be directly embedded into documents. With Word+Equate, you can define variables, perform calculations and display results in a well formatted manner within the normal flow of the document.

By using Word you have access to all of the powerful formatting tools to ensure your document’s appearance is exactly what you want. Images and tables can be embedded and linked with explanatory text to ensure that the assumptions behind any calculations can be fully detailed.

Word+Equate makes use of the powerful Equation Designer that is standard in Word. This allows equations to be displayed with correct mathematical notation including Greek characters, subscripts, superscripts and other symbols. Complex equations are formatted exactly as you would see them in a manual or reference book, so they can be easily verified. By comparison, formulae in Excel are formatted in a programming style that can easily contain a difficult to detect error.

Variables in Word+Equate can be defined with units such as metres, feet, kilograms. A variable defined in one unit can be displayed in any related unit. For example, a variable defined in feet can be displayed in metres, with the numeric conversion automatically performed. Where units are combined in equations, the correct new units are created. For example, if a variable in kilograms is divided by a variable in seconds, the resulting variable is created with a unit of kilograms per second. Derived SI units, such as kiloPascals are used to represent, in this case, a variable in N/m2. Automatic unit functionality ensures that equations are correctly implemented and eliminates unit conversion errors.

Word+Equate allows templates to be created for standardized calculations. A new calculation can be as simple as opening a template and revising the input parameters. This saves time, improves accuracy and ensures consistency.

As the basis of all calculations is visible it is also possible to easily add specific changes for a specific project.

The examples in the document closely follow the tutorials included with the software. They have the additional advantage of being written with Word-Equate, so can be used to experiment.