Essential MATLAB for Engineers and Scientists

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Newnes, Jan 29, 2007 - Mathematics - 448 pages
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The essential guide to MATLAB as a problem solving tool

This text presents MATLAB both as a mathematical tool and a programming language, giving a concise and easy to master introduction to its potential and power. Stressing the importance of a structured approach to problem solving, the text gives a step-by-step method for program design and algorithm development. The fundamentals of MATLAB are illustrated throughout with many examples from a wide range of familiar scientific and engineering areas, as well as from everyday life.

Features:

• Includes MATLAB Version 7.2, Release 2006a
• Numerous simple exercises provide hands-on learning of MATLAB’s functions
• A new chapter on dynamical systems shows how a structured approach is used to solve more complex problems.
• Common errors and pitfalls highlighted
• Concise introduction to useful topics for solving problems in later engineering and science courses: vectors as arrays, arrays of characters, GUIs, advanced graphics, simulation and numerical methods
• Text and graphics in four colour
• Extensive instructor support

Essential MATLAB for Engineers and Scientists is an ideal textbook for a first course on MATLAB or an engineering problem solving course using MATLAB, as well as a self-learning tutorial for students and professionals expected to learn and apply MATLAB for themselves.

Additional material is available for lecturers only at http://textbooks.elsevier.com. This website provides lecturers with:
  • A series of Powerpoint presentations to assist lecture preparation
  • Extra quiz questions and problems
  • Additional topic material
  • M-files for the exercises and examples in the text (also available to students at the book’s companion site)
  • Solutions to exercises
  • An interview with the revising author, Daniel Valentine

    · Numerous simple exercises give hands-on learning
    · A chapter on algorithm development and program design
    · Common errors and pitfalls highlighted
    · Concise introduction to useful topics for solving problems in later engineering and science courses: vectors as arrays, arrays of characters, GUIs, advanced graphics, simulation and numerical methods
    · A new chapter on dynamical systems shows how a structured approach is used to solve more complex problems.
    · Text and graphics in four colour
    · Extensive teacher support on http://textbooks.elsevier.com: solutions manual, extra problems, multiple choice questions, PowerPoint slides
    · Companion website for students providing M-files used within the book
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    Contents

    ESSENTIALS
    1
    APPLICATIONS
    305
    Syntax quick reference
    390
    Operators
    395
    Command and functionquick reference
    396
    ASCII character codes
    405
    Solutions to selected exercises
    406
    Index
    421
    Copyright

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    About the author (2007)

    Daniel Valentine is a Professor of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at Clarkson University and Affiliate Director of the Clarkson Space Grant Program which is part of the New York NASA Space Grant Consortium. This program has provided support for undergraduate research appointments, and for graduate students. He is currently investigating the nonlinear dynamics of two-dimensional, Navier-Stokes flows as part of his work on the development of computational methods to solve fluid dynamics problems. He is also working on the flow-structure interaction of long-span bridges, unsteady hydrodynamics and offshore renewable energy. Other activities include investigations to develop a computational method to predict the effect of a marine propulsor on wave resistance of ships, to examine the effect of density stratification on rotating flows, to develop computational tools to predict the time-averaged properties of high-Reynolds number flows among other fluid mechanics problems.

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