A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving


  • Stormy Attaway, Ph.D., Boston University, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, and Director of Curricular Assessment and Improvement for the College of Engineering.

MATLAB has become the standard software tool for solving scientific and engineering problems due to its powerful built-in functions and its ability to program. Assuming no knowledge of programming, this book guides the reader through both programming and built-in functions to easily exploit MATLAB's extensive capabilities for tackling engineering problems.

The book starts with programming concepts, such as variables, assignments, and selection statements, moves on to loops, and then solves problems using both the programming concept and the power of MATLAB. In-depth coverage is given to input/output, a topic fundamental to many engineering applications.

The third edition of MATLAB: A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving has been updated to reflect the functionality of the current version of MATLAB. It features new and revised end-of-chapter exercises, stronger coverage of loops and vectorizing, and more engineering applications to help the reader learn this software tool in context.

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Engineers learning to program and model in Matlab. Undergraduates in engineering and science taking a course that uses (or recommends) MATLAB.


Book information

  • Published: June 2013
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-405876-7

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to MATLAB

Chapter 2: Vectors and Matrices

Chapter 3: Introduction to MATLAB Programming

Chapter 4: Selection Statements

Chapter 5: Loop Statements and Vectorizing Code

Chapter 6: MATLAB Programs

Chapter 7: String Manipulation

Chapter 8: Data Structures: Cell Arrays and Structures

Chapter 9: Advanced File Input and Output

Chapter 10: Advanced Functions

Chapter 11: Advanced Plotting Techniques

Chapter 12: Basic Statistics, Sets, Sorting, and Indexing

Chapter 13: Sights and Sounds

Chapter 14: Advanced Mathematics