Matlab: A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving by Stormy Attaway, Ph.D., Boston University

Matlab: A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving

byStormy Attaway, Ph.D., Boston University, Stormy Attaway

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MATLAB: A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving discusses the basic programming concepts and skills needed for problem solving using MATLAB software. It is the only book that gives a full introduction to programming in MATLAB combined with an explanation of MATLAB’s powerful functions. The book differs from other texts in that it teaches programming concepts and the use of the built-in functions in MATLAB simultaneously. It 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. The systematic, step-by-step approach, building on concepts throughout the book, facilitates easier learning.

Starting with basic programming concepts, such as variables, assignments, input/output, selection, and loop statements, problems are introduced and solved throughout the book. The book is organized into two parts. Part I covers the programming constructs and demonstrates programming versus efficient use of built-in functions to solve problems. Part II describes the applications, including plotting, image processing, and mathematics, needed in basic problem solving. The chapters feature sections called "Quick Question!" as well as practice problems designed to test knowledge about the material covered. Problems are solved using both "The Programming Concept" and "The Efficient Method," which facilitates understanding the efficient ways of using MATLAB, and also the programming concepts used in these efficient functions and operators. There are also sections on ‘common pitfalls’ and ‘programming guidelines’ that direct students towards best practice.

This book is ideal for engineers learning to program and model in MATLAB, as well as undergraduates in engineering and science taking a course on 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

About The Author

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 ...

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Title:Matlab: A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem SolvingFormat:OtherDimensions:480 pages, 1 × 1 × 1 inPublished:March 5, 2009Publisher:Elsevier ScienceLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:008094325X

ISBN - 13:9780080943251

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Table of Contents

Introduction to MATLAB; MATLAB programs; Selection Statements; Looping; Introduction to User-defined Functions; String Manipulation; Data Structures; File Input/Ouput; Advanced Functions ; MATLAB Plots; Matrix Operations; Solving Systems of Linear Algebraic Equations; Symbolic Mathematics; Statistics; Curve fitting; Sight and Sounds