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Getting Started with MATLAB

Rudra Pratap

Publication Date - November 2009

ISBN: 9780199731244

288 pages
7-1/2 x 9-1/4 inches

In Stock

Retail Price to Students: $44.95

The most affordable introduction to MATLAB that uses an exercise-based approach


MATLAB, a software package for high-performance numerical computation and visualization, is one of the most widely used tools in the engineering field today. Its broad appeal lies in its interactive environment, which features hundreds of built-in functions for technical computation, graphics, and animation. In addition, MATLAB provides easy extensibility with its own high-level programming language.

Enhanced by fun and appealing illustrations, Getting Started with MATLAB employs a casual, accessible writing style that shows users how to enjoy using MATLAB.


* Discusses new features and applications, including the new engine of symbolic computation in MATLAB 7.8 (released March 2009)
* Provides two sets of self guided tutorials for learning essential features of MATLAB
* Includes updated commands, examples, figure, and graphs
* Familiarizes users with MATLAB in just a few hours though self-guided lessons
* Covers elementary, advanced, and special functions
* Supplements any course that uses MATLAB
* Works as a stand-alone tutorial and reference

About the Author(s)

Rudra Pratap is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science.

Table of Contents

    1 Introduction
    1.1 What Is MATLAB?
    1.2 Does MATLAB Do Symbolic Calculations?
    1.3 Will MATLAB Run on My Computer?
    1.4 Where Do I Get MATLAB ?
    1.5 How Do I Use This Book?
    1.6 Basics of MATLAB
    1.6.1 MATLAB windows
    1.6.2 On-line help
    1.6.3 Input-output
    1.6.4 File types
    1.6.5 Platform dependence
    1.6.6 General commands you should remember
    1.7 Visit This Again

    2 Tutorial Lessons
    The Basics
    2.1 Lesson 1: A Minimum MATLAB Session
    2.2 Lesson 2: Creating and Working with Arrays of Numbers
    2.3 Lesson 3: Creating and Printing Simple Plots
    2.4 Lesson 4: Creating, Saving, and Executing a Script File
    2.5 Lesson 5: Creating and Executing a Function File
    Directional Explorations
    2.6 Lesson 6: Working with Arrays and Matrices
    2.7 Lesson 7: Working with anonymous functions
    2.8 Lesson 8: Symbolic Computation
    2.9 Lesson 9: Importing and Exporting Data
    2.10 Lesson 10: Working with Files and Directories
    2.11 Lesson 11: Publishing Reports

    3 Interactive Computation 67
    3.1 Matrices and Vectors
    3.1.1 Input
    3.1.2 Indexing (or subscripting)
    3.1.3 Matrix manipulation
    3.1.4 Creating vectors
    3.2 Matrix and Array Operations
    3.2.1 Arithmetic operations
    3.2.2 Relational operations
    3.2.3 Logical operations
    3.2.4 Elementary math functions
    3.2.5 Matrix functions
    3.3 Character strings
    3.3.1 Manipulating character strings
    3.3.2 The eval function
    3.4 A Special Note on Array Operations
    3.4.1 Vectorization
    3.5 Command Line Functions
    3.5.1 Inline functions
    3.5.2 Anonymous functions
    3.6 Using Built-in Functions and On-line Help
    3.6.1 Example 1: Finding the determinant of a matrix
    3.6.2 Example 2: Finding eigenvalues and eigenvectors
    3.7 Saving and Loading Data
    3.7.1 Saving into and loading from the binary Mat- les
    3.7.2 Importing data les
    3.7.3 Recording a session with diary
    3.8 Plotting Simple Graphs

    4 Programming in MATLAB: Scripts and Functions
    4.1 Script Files
    4.2 Function Files
    4.2.1 Executing a function
    4.2.2 More on functions
    4.2.3 M-Lint code analyzer
    4.2.4 Subfunctions
    4.2.5 Nested functions
    4.2.6 Compiled (parsed) functions: The p-code
    4.2.7 The pro ler
    4.3 Language-speci c Features
    4.3.1 Use of comments to create on-line help
    4.3.2 Continuation
    4.3.3 Global variables
    4.3.4 Loops, branches, and control-ow
    4.3.5 Interactive input
    4.3.6 Recursion
    4.3.7 Input/output
    4.4 Advanced Data Objects
    4.4.1 Multidimensional matrices
    4.4.2 Structures
    4.4.3 Cells
    4.5 Publishing Reports

    5 Applications
    5.1 Linear Algebra
    5.1.1 Solving a linear system
    5.1.2 Gaussian elimination
    5.1.3 Finding eigenvalues and eigenvectors
    5.1.4 Matrix factorizations
    5.1.5 Advanced topics
    5.2 Curve Fitting and Interpolation
    5.2.1 Polynomial curve tting on the y
    5.2.2 Do it yourself: Curve tting with polynomial functions
    5.2.3 Least squares curve tting
    5.2.4 General nonlinear ts
    5.2.5 Interpolation
    5.3 Data Analysis and Statistics
    5.4 Numerical Integration (Quadrature)
    5.4.1 Double integration
    5.5 Ordinary Di erential Equations
    5.5.1 Example 1: A rst-order linear ODE
    5.5.2 Example 2: A second-order nonlinear ODE
    5.5.3 ode23 versus ode45
    5.5.4 Specifying tolerance
    5.5.5 The ODE suite
    5.5.6 Event location
    5.6 Nonlinear Algebraic Equations
    5.6.1 Roots of polynomials
    5.7 Advanced Topics

    6 Graphics
    6.1 Basic 2-D Plots
    6.1.1 Style options
    6.1.2 Labels, title, legend, and other text objects
    6.1.3 Axis control, zoom in, and zoom out
    6.1.4 Modifying plots with the plot editor
    6.1.5 Overlay plots
    6.1.6 Specialized 2-D plots
    6.2 Using subplot for Multiple Graphs
    6.3 3-D Plots
    6.3.1 View
    6.3.2 Rotate view
    6.3.3 Mesh and surface plots
    6.3.4 Vector eld and volumetric plots
    6.3.5 Interpolated surface plots
    6.4 Handle Graphics
    6.4.1 The object hierarchy
    6.4.2 Object handles
    6.4.3 Object properties
    6.4.4 Modifying an existing plot
    6.4.5 Complete control over the graphics layout
    6.5 Fun with 3-D Surface Graphics
    6.5.1 Generating a cylindrical surface
    6.5.2 Face color, transparency and light reection
    6.5.3 A little more fun with color and lighting
    6.5.4 A word about choosing colors
    6.6 Saving and Printing Graphs
    6.6.1 Saving graphs to reusable les
    6.7 Animation

    7 Errors

    8 Computer Algebra and The Symbolic Math Toolbox
    8.1 The Symbolic Math Toolbox
    8.1.1 Should you buy it?
    8.1.2 Two useful tools in the Symbolic Math Toolbox
    8.2 Numeric vs. symbolic computation
    8.2.1 Variable Precision Arithmetic
    8.3 Getting help with the Symbolic Math Toolbox
    8.4 Using the Symbolic Math Toolbox
    8.4.1 Basic manipulations
    8.4.2 Talking to itself
    8.4.3 Generating MATLAB code for an inline or anonymous function
    8.4.4 Generating M- les from symbolic expressions
    8.5 Using MuPAD Notebook
    8.5.1 Graphics and animation
    8.6 Summary: Some Symbolic Math Toolbox commands

    9 Honorable Mentions
    9.7 Debugging Tools
    9.8 External Interface: Mex- les
    9.9 Graphical User Interface

    A The MATLAB Language Reference
    A.1 Punctuation Marks and Other Symbols
    A.2 General-purpose Commands
    A.3 Special Variables and Constants
    A.4 Language Constructs and Debugging
    A.5 File Input/Output
    A.6 Operators and Logical Functions
    A.7 Frequently Used Math Functions
    A.8 Matrices: Creation and Manipulation
    A.9 Character String Functions
    A.10 Graphics Functions
    A.11 Some Applications Functions
    A.11.1 Data analysis and Fourier transforms
    A.11.2 Polynomials and data interpolation
    A.11.3 Nonlinear numerical methods

Teaching Resources

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