A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving

5th Edition - July 11, 2018
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  • Author: Stormy Attaway
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128163450
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128154793

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MATLAB: A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving, winner of TAA’s 2017 Textbook Excellence Award ("Texty"), guides the reader through both programming and built-in functions to easily exploit MATLAB's extensive capabilities for tackling engineering and scientific problems. Assuming no knowledge of programming, this 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. The fifth edition has been updated to reflect the functionality of the current version of MATLAB (R2018a), including the addition of local functions in scripts, the new string type, coverage of recently introduced functions to import data from web sites, and updates to the Live Editor and App Designer.

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 technical problems
  • Offers sections on common pitfalls and programming guidelines that direct students to best practice procedures
  • Tests conceptual understanding of the material with Quick Questions! and Practice sections within each chapter


  • Use of MATLAB Version R2018a
  • A revised Text Manipulation chapter, which includes manipulating character vectors as well as the new string type
  • Introduction to alternate MATLAB platforms, including MATLAB Mobile
  • Local functions within scripts
  • The new output format for most expression types
  • Introduction to the RESTFUL web functions which import data from web sites
  • Increased coverage of App Designer
  • Introduction to recording audio from a built-in device such as a microphone
  • Modified and new end-of-chapter exercises
  • More coverage of data structures including categorical arrays and tables
  • Increased coverage of built-in functions in MATLAB


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

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

Product details

  • No. of pages: 626
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2018
  • Published: July 11, 2018
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128163450
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128154793
  • About the Author

    Stormy Attaway

    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

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      MATLAB: A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving by Stormy Attaway

      I know this book, use it in education and find it excellent. Prof. Yevgeny Gayev, National aviation university, Kyiv.

    • GM Thu Sep 20 2018

      A must for anyone willing to become an expert from a beginner

      A further complete edition: very well written primer with useful insights and hints.

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      Full and comprehensive instruction