Edition 4 A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving
By Dorothy C. Attaway, Ph.D.

Publication Date: 23 Jul 2016

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
About the author
By Dorothy C. Attaway, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Director, Curricular Assessment and Improvement,College of Engineering, Boston University, Boston, MA, USA
Table of Contents

Part 1: Introduction to Programming Using MATLAB1. Introduction to MATLAB2. Vectors and Matrices3. Introduction to MATLAB Programming4. Selection Statements5. Loop Statements and Vectorizing Code6. MATLAB Programs7. String Manipulation8. Data Structures: Cell Arrays and Structures

Part 2: Advanced Topics for Problem Solving with MATLAB9. Advanced File Input and Output10. Advanced Functions11. Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming and Graphics 12. Advanced Plotting Technique 13. Sights and Sounds14. Advanced Mathematics

Book details
ISBN: 9780128045251
Page Count: 600
Retail Price : £44.00
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Engineers learning to program and model in MATLAB. Undergraduates in engineering and science taking a course that uses (or recommends) MATLAB.