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A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving

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.


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

Paperback, 560 Pages

Published: June 2013

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-0-12-405876-7


  • 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


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