A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving

4th Edition - July 23, 2016

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  • Author: Stormy Attaway
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128045411

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MATLAB: A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving, Fourth Edition, winner of a 2017 Textbook Excellence Award (Texty), has been updated to reflect the functionality of the current version of MATLAB, including the new H2 Graphics system. It features new and revised end-of-chapter exercises, more engineering applications to help the reader learn this software tool in context, and a new section on object-oriented programming in MATLAB. 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.

Key Features

  • Winner of a 2017 Textbook Excellence Award (Texty) from the Textbook and Academic Authors Association
  • Presents programming concepts and MATLAB built-in functions side-by-side
  • Offers a systematic, step-by-step approach, building on concepts throughout the book and facilitating easier learning
  • Includes sections on common pitfalls and programming guidelines to direct students toward best practices
  • Combines basic programming concepts, built-in functions, and advanced topics for problem solving with MATLAB to make this book uniquely suitable for a wide range of courses teaching or using MATLAB across the curriculum


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

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: Introduction to Programming Using MATLAB
    1. Introduction to MATLAB
    2. Vectors and Matrices
    3. Introduction to MATLAB Programming
    4. Selection Statements
    5. Loop Statements and Vectorizing Code
    6. MATLAB Programs
    7. String Manipulation
    8. Data Structures: Cell Arrays and Structures

    Part 2: Advanced Topics for Problem Solving with MATLAB
    9. Advanced File Input and Output
    10. Advanced Functions
    11. Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming and Graphics
    12. Advanced Plotting Technique
    13. Sights and Sounds
    14. Advanced Mathematics

Product details

  • No. of pages: 600
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2016
  • Published: July 23, 2016
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128045411

About the Author

Stormy Attaway

Stormy Attaway
Stormy Attaway is on the faculty of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Boston University. She has been the course coordinator for the Engineering Computation courses at Boston University for over thirty years and has taught a variety of programming courses using many different languages and software packages. She is a recipient of the Metcalf Cup and Prize, Boston University’s highest teaching award.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

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  • Mo H. Sun May 15 2022

    Suitable intro to MATLAB

    I found this to be a good enough introduction to MATLAB. This book is more geared towards students and those who have not had much programming experience. I wished there was more info on project organization and maybe some case studies.

  • ColemanSmith Sat Dec 28 2019

    Great MATLAB intro

    Attaway’s intro to MATLAB is both natural and understandable. The progression through MATLAB’s functions and features makes for an easy-to-follow step-by-step explanation. Usable as both a text and reference, this work is excellent for getting acquainted with and becoming proficient with the ubiquitous mathematics tool.

  • Ivan O. Tue Mar 13 2018

    Quite good

    The book is very easy to read and the examples are quite clear.