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Getting Started with MATLAB: A Quick Introduction for Scientists and Engineers [Paperback]

Rudra Pratap
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November 16, 2009 0199731241 978-0199731244
MATLAB, a software package for high-performance numerical computation and visualization, is one of the most widely used tools in the engineering field today. Its broad appeal lies in its interactive environment, which features hundreds of built-in functions for technical computation, graphics, and animation. In addition, MATLAB provides easy extensibility with its own high-level programming language.

Enhanced by fun and appealing illustrations, Getting Started with MATLAB employs a casual, accessible writing style that shows users how to enjoy using MATLAB.


* Discusses new features and applications, including the new engine of symbolic computation in MATLAB 7.8 (released March 2009)
* Provides two sets of self guided tutorials for learning essential features of MATLAB
* Includes updated commands, examples, figure, and graphs
* Familiarizes users with MATLAB in just a few hours though self-guided lessons
* Covers elementary, advanced, and special functions
* Supplements any course that uses MATLAB
* Works as a stand-alone tutorial and reference

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Rudra Pratap is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the Indian Institute of Science.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (November 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199731241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199731244
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,682 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just for Engineers June 30, 2010
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Like Mathematica and Maple, MatLab has now been around long enough to have a wide variety of custom plug in applications available, many free on the web (.M files are source/ASCII; .MAT are immediately executable binary files). Since MathWorks dropped Maple as a sub (graphic) engine and added MuPAD, MatLab's graphics (already the best) have been supercharged. The latest edition (2010) of Pratap's fine book picks up at release 6-- and MathWorks is now selling release 12+. The book is completely up to date. Oxford's update website for the book is not yet up for this release ([...]) at the time of this review, which is surprising since the book's been around for 16 years.

Don't let the title mislead you-- because of its power, both MatLab and this beginner's guide are outstanding for ANY field that is vector process driven, or graphically intensive, including Neurology, Molecular Biology, Finance, and video game programming to name a few-- any field that is heavy on vectors and matrices, in fact (MatLab stands for MatrixLaboratory). Don't let the Matrix foundation scare you, however, because the popularity of this program has now brought it up to Mathematica and Maple level with symbolic math also (the SM toolbox comes with the student editions of the software), which means MatLab will not only process flat files from other sources (including C, Fortran and Java as well as Mathematica and Maple), but its own algebraic/symbolic calculation power is just as formidable as Mathematica once you learn it, with the added benefit of being able to breeze through 2D, 3D and even animation graphics.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very beginning introductory text June 24, 2011
I have mixed feelings about this book. Being an introductory MATLAB text, it does a good job of presenting the basic concept followed by lots of examples. For example, just chapter 2 alone covers at least 10 different topics. Definitely a lot more breadth than depth type of learning. This works if you like to know all these different topics.

But if you like to learn more on the fundamentals before digging further on all the functions/features, you may be a bit frustrated. For example, you may want to know (i) if MATLAB is a strong-typed language or not; (ii) what data types does it support; (iii) how do you lay out the structure of the program if it is not a trivial program - all these questions you may have would not reveal till a lot later if at all. In comparison with other programming language book where it emphasizes on basics and fundamental building blocks.

Also, this text is not sufficient to learn programming if this is your first exposure to programming. The explanations on topics such as data structures, algorithms, let alone recursion, matrix decomposition (QR, Cholesky, SVD) may not be enough. The text could be better if answers are provided for the latter part of the chapters.

Even though this book is relatively new, some of material is somewhat obsolete. For example, the author should recommend using 'strfind' instead of 'findstr' as the later will be removed in a future release (from MathWorks web site).

All in all, this is a decent book to learn MATLAB if you are somewhat familar to linear algebra and/or numerical analysis. This is also a good text to learn what MATLAB can do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for learning MATLAB February 5, 2011
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The book is very good if it's your first time learning MATLAB. This book does a good job. It's also quite comprehensive in terms of all the stuff MATLAB provides. Sometimes you have to jump around in the book a little bit to find things, but all in all, pretty good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Graceful & Comprehensive MATLAB Introduction July 8, 2013
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Sticking with the scope of the book: the author creatively presented the topics of MATLAB, in a wonderful interactive manner (as if the reader is in an instructor-based MATLAB session). His focus on imporant points -(indicating his deep wide experience)-, greatly helps the reader in gaining time and enjoying navigating throughout examples & excercises of the book. Purchasing this book, was one of the most 'BINGO' choices of my life. I strongly recommend this book, for MATLAB beginners.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great reference book!! May 9, 2013
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I purchased this as a supplementary text for a computational physics course and a computer applications course. So glad I did!!! It includes relevant examples for the sciences and got me started with matlab. My only computer programming before this was a light intro to R.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Textbook May 29, 2014
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This is the book that was needed as and instructional guide for a class our company facilitates for an extremely large company.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a beginner September 20, 2013
By James
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As somebody who was completely new to MATLAB, this book did a nice job of introducing me to it. It provides a good basic outlook of the program, with examples. The only reason I don't give it five stars is because some of the practice problems he has do not have see if you did the code right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good book September 3, 2013
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Product arrived quickly and in good condition and right in the time frame they projected. Would recommended to others. Good help with those who need a bit more practice with matlab.
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