- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 2nd Edition edition (26 July 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0471694207
- ISBN-13: 978-0471694205
- Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 1.3 x 23.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 481 g
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Matlab: An Introduction with Applications Paperback – 26 Jul 2004
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Now updated to reflect MATLAB®, Version 7, this practical guide offers an introduction to understanding and using this powerful program. Starting with basic features, the book covers everything needed to use MATLAB effectively––from simple arithmetic operations with scalars, to creating and using arrays, to three–dimensional plots and solving differential equations. Detailed images of computer screens, tutorials, worked examples, and homework questions in math, science, and engineering provide a thorough and effective means of mastering the program.
MATLAB®, An Introduction, Second Edition, is a valuable resource for instructors, students, and practicing engineering, alike.
Features of the Second Edition
- New: Updated coverage reflects MATLAB, Version 7.
- New: Includes a new chapter (Chapter 11) on symbolic math, providing an introduction to this useful feature of MATLAB.
- New: A new section in Chapter 4 covers importing data.
- Examples incorporated throughout the book provide valuable experience running MATLAB.
- Annotated examples help users learn the program and its commands in an easy–to–use format.
- Sample programs, applications, and homework problems show how MATLAB is used in science and engineering.
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*Also you can find the answers to the problems online in case you need to check your work.*
Here's my three-year old review of the second edition - I still like it.
This book was written for teaching Matlab to freshmen in an introductory engineering course, so most of the examples are from first year physics and engineering. Nevertheless, after looking at all competing texts, I chose it to teach Matlab to sophomore geology majors, most of whom had not yet taken calculus or physics. I was very happy with the results; by the end of the semester the students were well on their way to being competent programmers, and I think they will find calculus and physics much easier because of their experience with this book.
I chose this text because it is very well written--you can tell the author has had long experience teaching the subject--and because of its many excellent examples. Most people learn faster by example than by theory, and the examples in this book are easier to follow than those of other texts. Each example shows the command window with a gray background and white insets, or call-outs, containing explanations. The pages are attractive.
In the main text, Matlab commands are set in Courier to clearly distinguish them from the discussion itself. Sections are fairly short and easy to follow, and at the end of each chapter there are many problems of gradually increasing difficulty. The solutions to some problems are given at the back of the book. The abundance of complete examples makes it easy to skip around in the book as soon as students are familiar with Matlab syntax. There are astonishingly few typos and none were serious. Cell arrays and structures are used only where needed for particular commands, a wise pedagogical decision. I particularly enjoyed the second edition's new chapter on symbolic math, as I had never used this part of Matlab in my own research.
The book is 7.5"x9.25" in size with 343 pages, and so is easy to carry around. It's inexpensive, as textbooks go nowadays.
This is that guide.
It lists a large number of the Matlab functions you'll use, explains how the output varies for each of them and really offers you that help that you're so lacking otherwise for the class. Definitely worth your purchase.