MATLAB - 5th Edition - ISBN: 9780128154793


5th Edition

A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving

Authors: Stormy Attaway
Paperback ISBN: 9780128154793
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 1st July 2018
Page Count: 640
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MATLAB: A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving, Fifth Edition, winner of a 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 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 power of MATLAB. This updated edition reflects the functionality of the current version of MATLAB, including the addition of local functions in scripts in Chapter 3, reworked chapters (7: String Manipulation, and 9: Data Transfer).

In addition, coverage of recently introduced functions, including jsondecode and jsonencode, and updates to the Live Editor and to App Designer are included.

Key Features

  • 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, making the book suitable for a wide range of courses across curriculum


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


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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

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