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MATLAB Programming for Engineers Paperback – November 8, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0495244493 ISBN-10: 049524449X Edition: 4th
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The Chapman text is fairly easily read and there are a number of concrete examples in each chapter which illustrate the programming concepts.

There are numerous tips and suggestions given in the Chapman text. It's very good at illustrating the concepts of programming especially through the use of examples which demonstrate the output from the programs.

The homework exercises are plentiful and cover a range of difficulty. I like very much that plotting is interspersed throughout the book providing a break that students can enjoy in the middle of material that can often be seen as dry. The quizzes are also great. My students use them to verify their understanding of the sections in which they appear.

While reviewing this book I would simply pick up the book and read it, much like you would a novel. I was surprised that it read very well. The examples were well placed and greatly helped in understanding what was being presented.

About the Author

Stephen J. Chapman received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Louisiana State University (1975), an MSE in Electrical Engineering from the University of Central Florida (1979), and pursued further graduate studies at Rice University. From 1975 to 1980, he served as an officer in the U. S. Navy, assigned to teach Electrical Engineering at the U. S. Naval Nuclear Power School in Orlando, Florida. From 1980 to 1982, he was affiliated with the University of Houston, where he ran the power systems program in the College of Technology. From 1982 to 1988 and from 1991 to 1995, he served as a Member of the Technical Staff of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Lincoln Laboratory, both at the main facility in Lexington, Massachusetts, and at the field site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. While there, he did research in radar signal processing systems. He ultimately became the leader of four large operational range instrumentation radars at the Kwajalein field site (TRADEX, ALTAIR, ALCOR, and MMW). From 1988 to 1991, Chapman was a research engineer at Shell Development Company in Houston, Texas, where he did seismic signal processing research. He was also affiliated with the University of Houston, where he continued to teach on a part-time basis. Mr. Chapman is currently Manager of Systems Modeling and Operational Analysis for BAE Systems Australia, in Melbourne, Australia. He is the leader of a team that has developed a model of how naval ships defend themselves. This model contains more than 400,000 lines of MATLAB code written over more than a decade. Mr. Chapman is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (and several of its component societies). He is also a member of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institution of Engineers (Australia).
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 4 edition (November 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 049524449X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495244493
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Edmundson on January 4, 2011
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If you are needing this book for a course, but want to spend less money, you can buy the author's more recent book, "Essentials of MATLAB Programming" (November 7, 2008), which is almost exactly the same as this one, but without the last four chapters, and revised to cover MATLAB version 7.5. On my brief comparison of the two texts, even the exercises look to be the same. So, if your class doesn't use the last four chapters, I would point this out to your professor to see if you can use the other, less expensive, book.

The missing chapters in the latter, "Essentials", book are: Chapter 8: Input/Output Functions, Chapter 9: Handle Graphics, Chapter 10: Graphical User Interfaces, and Chapter 11: The MATLAB compiler. If you do decide to get the "Essentials" book, make sure to get the latest one, which was released November 7, 2008, and is copyright 2009. Amazon will only let me directly link to a previous edition of it at the moment, so I've decided not to link to it, to avoid any confusion.

Update: The author in 2012 has an even more recent release with more applicability to Engineers, called "MATLAB Programming with Applications for Engineers". It contains basically the same material as the Essentials book, but with additional emphasis on Engineering mathematics, for instance, Differential Equations. It also contains his material on Handle Graphics and at least an appendix with Input/Output Functions, however, still no Graphical User Interface or MATLAB compiler material (which may be fine for your particular course).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deedee on February 1, 2009
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The book is expensive for paperback but it is very helpful for my matlab class. If you have the previous version already, don't bother with this one its almost the same except some homework problems are switched (just find a friend and write down the problem). B+
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shufen liao on August 22, 2013
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this is very good book for me, either for class or reference. I strong recommend to anyone to have one.
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Explanations are OK but you need to understand basic programming logic to get the most out of this text book.
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