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Getting Started with MATLAB: A Quick Introduction for Scientists and Engineers Paperback – November 16, 2009

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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: 9.2 x 0.7 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,594 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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This book will not turn you into a MATLAB guru, nor teach you all the power user tricks and deep dark secrets of MATLAB.
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I strongly think that this is *THE BEST BOOK* for matlab beginners.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Let's Compare Options Preptorial TOP 500 REVIEWER on 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 By PC on June 24, 2011
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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 By DKL on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ahmed on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lori Davis on 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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I strongly think that this is *THE BEST BOOK* for matlab beginners. Why do I think so?
1. If you do not have much time and want to get started with matlab, this is *the book* you need. This is slim yet powerful enough to get you started. I was a beginner of matlab and got inundated by thick and detailed matlab books. These are good books for advanced users; in fact not very useful to them as well, since an advanced user would rather read matlab documentation.
2. The author's unique style of organizing book, which is adopted by other authors of matlab book: Author first introduces some concepts and then revisits them to deal in depth. This is exactly what you need as beginner - reviews and revisits!
3. From my personal example, if a beginner starts reading advanced books, then he or she gets flooded with information, which ultimately is forgotten.
4. The author does give some pics, which I find very innovative and haven't seen tech book with such amusing pics!!
So, this is my the favorite book for matlab starters.

P.S. Occasionally, the book says to refer Matlab manual. You cannot replace a software help by a book. In most of the tech software, manual is created to give each and every details of the functionality. If we include all such details in an intro book, it will no longer remain an intro book. Aim of an intro book is to get you started and once you march towards advancements, the book should direct you to references of advance topics. And this book precisely does the same.
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