Matlab

2nd Edition

A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving

Authors: Stormy Attaway
Paperback ISBN: 9780123850812
eBook ISBN: 9780123850829
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 28th July 2011
Page Count: 544
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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.

Key Features

  • 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

Readership

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

Table of Contents

Dedication

Preface

Acknowledgments

PART 1. Introduction to Programming Using MATLAB

Chapter 1. Introduction to MATLAB

Contents

1.1 Getting into MATLAB

1.2 The MATLAB Desktop Environment

1.3 Variables and Assignment Statements

1.4 Expressions

1.5 Characters and Encoding

1.6 Vectors and Matrices

Summary

Chapter 2. Introduction to MATLAB Programming

Contents

2.1 Algorithms

2.2 Matlab scripts

2.3 Input and Output

2.4 Scripts with Input and Output

2.5 Scripts to Produce and Customize Simple Plots

2.6 Introduction to File Input/Output (Load and Save)

2.7 User-Defined Functions That Return a Single Value

Summary

Chapter 3. Selection Statements

Contents

3.1 Relational Expressions

3.2 The if Statement

3.3 The If-else Statement

3.4 Nested if-Else Statements

3.5 The switch statement

3.6 The menu function

3.7 The “is” functions in MATLAB

Summary

Chapter 4. Loop Statements

Contents

4.1 The for loop

4.2 Nested For Loops

4.3 While Loops

Summary

Chapter 5. Vectorized Code

Contents

5.1 Loops with Vectors and Matrices

5.2 Operations on Vectors and Matrices

5.3 Vectors and Matrices as Function Arguments

5.4 Logical Vectors

5.5 Vectorizing Code

5.6 Timing

Summary

Chapter 6. MATLAB Programs

Contents

6.1 More Types of User-Defined Functions

6.2 MATLAB Program Organization

6.3 Application: Menu-Driven Modular Program

6.4 Variable Scope

6.5 Debugging Techniques

Summary

Chapter 7. String Manipulation

Contents

7.1 Creating String Variables

7.2 Operations on Strings

7.3 The “is” functions for strings

7.4 Conver

Details

No. of pages:
544
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Butterworth-Heinemann 2012
Published:
Imprint:
Butterworth-Heinemann
eBook ISBN:
9780123850829
Paperback ISBN:
9780123850812

About the Author

Stormy Attaway

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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Boston University, and Director, Curricular Assessment and Improvement, College of Engineering

Reviews

"This book is an excellent way to learn quickly how to use MATLAB…The most significant changes in this edition include a new chapter on vectorized code and manipulating vectors, concepts used in image processing, modified and new end-of-chapter exercises, and the use of MATLAB version R2011a." --Electrical Insulation Magazine, January 2013

"This book is an excellent way to learn quickly how to use MATLAB…Anyone who wants to learn the basis of MATLAB quickly should own this book." --IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine

"In-depth coverage is given to input/output, a topic that is fundamental to many engineering applications. New to this edition are more engineering applications to 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 and updates to reflect current features and functions of the current release of MATLAB." --Lunar and Planetary Information

"Assuming no knowledge of programming, this book presents both programming concepts and MATLAB’s built-n functions, providing a perfect platform for exploiting its extensive capabilities for tackling engineering problems. The book starts with programming concepts such as variables, assignments, input/output, and selection statements, moves onto loops, and then solves problems using both the ‘programming concepts’ and the ‘power of MATLAB’ side by side. In-depth coverage is given to input/output, a topic that is fundamental to many engineering applications. New to this edition are more engineering applications to 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, and updates to reflect current features and functions of the current release of MATLAB." --Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin