Matlab: A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving

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Elsevier, Jun 30, 2011 - Computers - 544 pages
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MATLAB: A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving aims to provide readers with the knowledge of the fundamentals of programming concepts and the skills and techniques needed for basic problem solving using MATLAB as the vehicle. MATLAB is software that functions to complete a wide range of tasks, from mathematical procedures to three-dimensional imaging. The software also has a complete programming structure that allows programmers to use their own specifications in customizing programs.

The text has the following key features:
Systematic approach
Side-by-side programming concepts and built-in functions
File input/output
User-defined functions
Advanced programming concepts
Problem-solving tools
Plots, imaging and graphical user interfaces
Vectorized code

The book is composed of 15 chapters, which discuss MATLAB and its programs, selection and loop statements, string manipulation, data structures, advanced functions, advanced plotting procedures, matrix representation of linear algebraic equations, basic statistics and indexing, and advanced mathematics.

This source will be invaluable for engineers, engineering novices, and students learning to program and model in MATLAB.

* Presents programming concepts and MATLAB built-in functions side-by-side, giving students the ability to program efficiently and exploit the power of MATLAB to solve problems. * In depth coverage of file input/output, a topic essential for many engineering applications * Systematic, step-by-step approach, building on concepts throughout the book, facilitating easier learning * Sections on ‘common pitfalls’ and ‘programming guidelines’ direct students towards best practice

* New to this edition:

  • More engineering applications help the reader learn Matlab in the context of solving technical problems
  • New and revised end of chapter problems
  • Stronger coverage of loops and vectorizing in a new chapter, chapter 5
  • Updated to reflect current features and functions of the current release of Matlab

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I was a student at Boston University (BU) College of Engineering (EE). I felt the pain of having to learn and pick up MATLAB by myself because most programming classes focus on the popular languages ... Read full review

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Stormy Attaway is Assistant Professor and Faculty Coordinator for Special Programs within the Mechanical Engineering Department at Boston University. She also currently serves as Director of Curricular Assessment and Improvement for the College of Engineering. In this capacity, she coordinates the curricular assessment and improvement programs within the College, in order to better the academic experience of the undergraduates. She has been the course coordinator for the Engineering Computation courses at Boston University for over twenty years, and has taught a variety of programming courses using many different languages and software packages.