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Objectives Understand what MATLAB is and why it is widely used in engineering and science Start the MATLAB program and solve simple problems in the command window

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What is MATLAB? MATLAB is one of a number of commercially available, sophisticated mathematical computation tools Others include Maple Mathematica MathCad

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MATLAB is both a powerful computational environment and a programming language that easily handles matrix and complex arithmetic. It is a large software package that has many advanced features built in, and it has become a standard tool for many working in science or engineering disciplines. Among other things, it allows easy plotting in both two and three dimensions. What Is MATLAB?

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MATLAB is good at: Numerical calculations – Especially:matrices Graphics MATLAB stands for Mat rix Lab oratory

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Why MATLAB Easy to use Built in programming language MATLAB was originally written in Fortran, then later rewritten in C

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Release Numbers MATLAB is updated regularly The Mathworks packages their software in groups, called releases, New releases are issued twice a year in the spring and in the fall Release 2013a includes – MATLAB 8.1 – A number of specialized “toolboxes”

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MATLAB in Industry Widespread, Tool of choice in Academia for most engineering and science fields MATLAB is also being used in the medical field. These images were created from MRI data, using MATLAB.

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MATLAB has two different methods for executing commands: interactive mode and batch mode. In interactive mode, commands are typed (or cut and pasted) into the command window. In batch mode, a series of commands is saved in a text file with a.m extension. The batch commands in a file are then executed by typing the name of the file at the MATLAB command prompt. What Is MATLAB?

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MATLAB is an interpreted language. Commands are executed line by line. It supports two basic types: characters like 'a' (16 bits) and doubles like 8.25 (64 bits). Most of the time MATLAB works with arrays or matrices of real numbers or characters. Other types are also supported: complex, symbolic (if installed), 16-bit and 8-bit integers, etc... The MATLAB Language

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Problem Solving A standardized approach to problem solving commonly found in all science disciplines. 1.first you state the problem, 2.then describe the input and output. 3. Develop a plan for solving the problem, called an algorithm. 4.Then you actually solve the problem, in our case using MATLAB, and 5. finally you test your solution for reasonableness. If you use a consistent problem solving strategy you increase the chance that your result is correct

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MATLAB

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MATLAB uses a standard windows menu bar To exit MATLAB use the close icon

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Command Window Enter commands at the prompt MATLAB Windows Command History Window Records all commands issued in the command window – including mistakes Current Folder Window Lists files stored in the current directory Workspace Window

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The MATLAB Desktop Current Folder Window Command Window Workspace Window Command History Window

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Let’s look at the windows one at a time

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At the prompt (>>), type in a MATLAB command. Press the ENTER key. MATLAB displays the result in the command window, followed by a prompt. Repeat the process. The Command Window

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To start a command, make sure cursor is next to the prompt. MATLAB won’t respond until you press ENTER. It then executes only the last command. Commands before the last one may still be visible, but MATLAB doesn’t execute them. Notes on the Command Window

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You can type several commands in the same line by putting a comma between commands. (makes the program harder to read though, so it is not recommended). If a command is too long to fit on one line, you can continue to the next line by typing ellipsis (3 periods, i.e., … ) and then pressing ENTER. Notes on the Command Window

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When cursor is in the bottom (current) command line: key moves the cursor one character to the left. key moves the cursor one character to the right. key recalls the preceding command key recalls a previous command if it follows. Navigating the Command Window

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Command Window Similar to a scratch pad Once you hit enter, you can’t edit any commands You can retype them or use the arrow keys to retrieve commands and edit them before hitting enter again Command Window

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The PAGE-UP key moves up to previous commands in a window-size at a time. The PAGE-DOWN key moves down to previous commands in a window-size at a time. The BACKSPACE (Delete on Mac) key deletes one character to the left of the cursor. The DELETE (fn-Delete on Mac) key deletes one character to the right of the cursor. Navigating the Command Window

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To quickly execute a previous command but with small changes: Recall the command with the up and down arrow keys. Use the left and right arrow keys to move to characters to be altered. Use BACKSPACE (Mac: Delete) or DELETE (Mac: fn-Delete) to remove old characters, then type new characters. Press ENTER to execute the modified command. T I P

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Semicolon (;) When typed at end of a command, it suppresses the output. (only the prompt is displayed at the next line) Useful for preventing display of large outputs Used much more in scripts (see Section 1.8 of text book) Percent sign (%) When typed at beginning of a line, MATLAB treats the line as a comment and doesn’t execute the line. Also used much more in scripts. Command Syntax

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Clears the command window display. The up and down arrows still bring back the previous commands. The clc Command

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Shows the previous commands, including the ones from previous MATLAB sessions. Double-clicking on a command puts it in the command window and executes it. You can drag a command to the command window, make changes in it, then execute it. The Command History Window

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Command History Records the commands you issue in the command window When you exit the command window, or when you issue the clc command, the command window is cleared But the command history remains Command History

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You can transfer commands from the command history to the command window – Double click on a command It executes immediately – Click and drag into the command window You can edit the command before executing

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Workspace Window

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NOTE! When you define variables in the command window, they are listed in the workspace window Document Window: If you double click on any variable in the workspace window MATLAB launches a document window containing the array editor You can edit variables in the array editor Figure Window: When Figures are created a new window opens It’s extremely easy to create graphs in MATLAB

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The Figure Window The Figure Window opens automatically after any command that draws a graph. Figure Window

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Scalar Vector 2-D Matrix

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Current Directory/Folder The current folder window is a list of files When you try to load information from a file or try to save information – MATLAB uses the current folder

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The Document Window displays the variable editor New Variable Icon

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Note: The semicolon suppresses the output from each command First create a vector of x values – then a corresponding vector of y values

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Matlab makes it easy to modify graphs by adding Titles Axis labels Legends Other types of annotations

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