MATLAB For Dummies

MATLAB For Dummies


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Plot graphs, solve equations, and write code in a flash!

If you work in a STEM field, chances are you'll be using MATLAB on a daily basis. MATLAB is a popular and powerful computational tool and this book provides everything you need to start manipulating and plotting your data. MATLAB has rapidly become the premier data tool, and MATLAB For Dummies is a comprehensive guide to the fundamentals. MATLAB For Dummies guides you through this complex computational language from installation to visualization to automation.

  • Learn MATLAB's language fundamentals including syntax, operators, and data types
  • Understand how to use the most important window in MATLAB – the Command Window
  • Get the basics of linear algebra to get up and running with vectors, matrices, and hyperspace
  • Automate your work with programming scripts and functions
  • Plot graphs in 2D and 3D to visualize your data
  • Includes a handy guide for MATLAB's functions and plotting routines

MATLAB is an essential part of the analysis arsenal and MATLAB For Dummies provides clear, thorough guidance to get the most out of your data.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118820100
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 11/17/2014
Series: For Dummies Books
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 350,575
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jim Sizemore is Professor of Physics and Engineering at Tyler Junior College. For over 25 years he’s worked in the semiconductor and software industries as a process engineer, device physicist, and software developer and has been teaching college physics, engineering, and math for the last 13 years. John Paul Mueller is a freelance author and a technical editor for both Data Based Advisor and Coast Compute magazines. He has produced 96 books and more than 300 articles to date and has been following MATLAB development for nearly a decade.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started With MATLAB 5

Chapter 1: Introducing MATLAB and Its Many Uses 7

Chapter 2: Starting Your Copy of MATLAB 19

Chapter 3: Interacting with MATLAB 37

Chapter 4: Starting, Storing, and Saving MATLAB Files 59

Part II: Manipulating and Plotting Data in MATLAB 79

Chapter 5: Embracing Vectors, Matrices, and Higher Dimensions 81

Chapter 6: Understanding Plotting Basics 115

Chapter 7: Using Advanced Plotting Features 135

Part III: Streamlining MATLAB 151

Chapter 8: Automating Your Work 153

Chapter 9: Expanding MATLAB’s Power with Functions 171

Chapter 10: Adding Structure to Your Scripts 193

Part IV: Employing Advanced MATLAB Techniques 213

Chapter 11: Importing and Exporting Data 215

Chapter 12: Printing and Publishing Your Work 233

Chapter 13: Recovering from Mistakes 257

Part V: Specific MATLAB Applications 277

Chapter 14: Solving Equations and Finding Roots 279

Chapter 15: Performing Analysis 307

Chapter 16: Creating Super Plots 319

Part VI: The Part of Tens 351

Chapter 17: Top Ten Uses of MATLAB 353

Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Make a Living Using MATLAB 361

Appendix A: MATL AB Functions 367

Appendix B: MATLAB’s Plotting Routines 377

Index 385

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