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Matlab, Second Edition: A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving Paperback – August 11, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0123850812 ISBN-10: 0123850819 Edition: 2nd

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann; 2 edition (August 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123850819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123850812
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.4 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book is an excellent way to learn quickly how to use MATLAB.The most significant changes in this edition include a new chapter on vectorized code and manipulating vectors, concepts used in image processing, modified and new end-of-chapter exercises, and the use of MATLAB version R2011a."--Electrical Insulation Magazine, January 2013, Vol. 29, No. 1, page 66 "This book is an excellent way to learn quickly how to use MATLAB.Anyone who wants to learn the basis of MATLAB quickly should own this book."--IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, page 66 "In-depth coverage is given to input/output, a topic that is fundamental to many engineering applications. New to this edition are more engineering applications to help the reader learn MATLAB in the context of solving technical problems, new and revised end-of-chapter problems, stronger coverage of loops and vectorizing in a new chapter and updates to reflect current features and functions of the current release of MATLAB."--Lunar and Planetary Information "Assuming no knowledge of programming, this book presents both programming concepts and MATLAB's built-n functions, providing a perfect platform for exploiting its extensive capabilities for tackling engineering problems. The book starts with programming concepts such as variables, assignments, input/output, and selection statements, moves onto loops, and then solves problems using both the 'programming concepts' and the 'power of MATLAB' side by side. In-depth coverage is given to input/output, a topic that is fundamental to many engineering applications. New to this edition are more engineering applications to help the reader learn MATLAB in the context of solving technical problems, new and revised end-of-chapter problems, stronger coverage of loops and vectorizing in a new chapter, and updates to reflect current features and functions of the current release of MATLAB."--Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin, December 2011, Issue 127, page 46 "This is the perfect book for anyone wanted to acquire a secure understanding of MATLAB fundaments and master its language.  Many engineers and scientists now use MATLAB and Simulink to solve real-world problems.  With the help of this book, they will be able to exploit the full power of MATLAB much sooner than they would using the online manuals, and be able to solve real problems much more quickly."--IEEE Electrical Insulation Magazine, page 70

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Overall, I would highly recommend this book for anyone starting off on Matlab.
XNOR
If you are looking to getting some expertise on Matlab or if you are an instructor hoping to help others to do so, this book is well worth your time.
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Code examples are good and text explaining them are very easy to read and follow.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Igelfeld VINE VOICE on October 10, 2011
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In the case of this product, there is truth in advertising. The book itself assumes no knowledge of MATLAB with almost no math beyond some basic high school math. The book was developed for incoming freshman at Boston University by a longtime educational coordinator.

The author put considerable work into this book, and for someone who wants to learn MATLAB on their own, this is a pretty good choice. The examples are simple and easy to follow with the content suitable even for aggressive high school students. Matlab no longer needs any sort of hyping, it is used in many disciplines ranging from engineering to economics to education, although engineers are the true power users.

As an experienced user, I most likely to use this book as a reference when I simply forget one of the many Matlab constructs. As a reference, the material is quite extensive and diverse but still does not get too aggressive in any of the content.

In a nutshell, the book will
1. Get you familiar with the MATLAB command set
2. Get you familiar with the MATLAB user interface
3. Teach you how to import data, manipulate the data based on the baseline MATLAB instruction set, and generate decent but often clunky looking plots (many people that I know will often port the data out to a better plotting package such as excel)
4. Develop a collection of commands (call .m files) that perform an extended sequence of commands and can be run from session to session

The MATLAB program is not included in the book and can be quite costly, so if you don't have a copy of MATLAB, you might want to check out its affordability first. Also, there is no companion disk with the book meaning that you have to do all the typing of the examples in the book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on October 8, 2011
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MATLAB is one of the most advanced mathematical and computational software environments that are currently available. In my line of work I have primarily used Mathematica, which is a bit better suited for symbolic manipulation rather than numerical and statistical analysis and modeling. Recently I've ventured into some numerical work, and have decided to learn how to use MATLAB. In that regard I am happy to report that Stormy Attaway's "MATLAB - A Practical Introduction To Programming And Problem Solving" is an excellent pedagogical resource.

Some of the overarching features of this book are:

* Hybrid approach that combines both the programming techniques as well as the exposition of MATLAB's own functions.
* Systematic, step-by-step approach building concepts throughout the book.
* Exposition of MATLAB's ability to work with large and complex files and other inputs.
* Introduction of some advanced programming concepts, such as string manipulation, data structures, recursion, anonymous functions, sorting, searching, and indexing.
* The book also has a short introduction to several key mathematical and problem-solving concepts, such as statistical functions, sets of linear algebraic equations, the use of complex numbers, and some calculus.

Some pedagogical features:

* Quick Question! - questions that are posed throughout the book and immediately answered.
* Practice problems are given throughout the chapter
* Introduced problems are solved using both The Programming Concept and The Efficient Method.

The book comes with a companion website that makes available several MATLAB files and programs which can be used to solve the problems throughout the book.
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First a disclaimer: I chose to receive this textbook to review from the Vine program, meaning I got it for free. I am an Electrical Engineer and I like to have references for the different languages I use at work...not having one for MATLAB, I thought this would be nice to try.

Here's my review:

This book is exactly what it claims to be: an introduction to MATLAB. All in all, it appears to be a very well written textbook (I already know MATLAB so I can't say I tried learning with this book, but I did browse through it and read some sections in detail and it was a very good reminder and seemed easy to follow and understand).

The book does a fantastic job of describing the different functions and terms it covers. It also is filled with useful smatterings of actual MATLAB syntax and code including at times alternate methods for achieving the same output. Code examples are good and text explaining them are very easy to read and follow. Well written for what is essentially a programming book!

The table of contents is well organized and descriptive, making it easy to skip around the book looking for specific topics. Index is decent...could stand a tad more detail, but acceptable.

The preface makes a good point - the book seeks to explain both the use of functions and the programming concepts. I can't say it's completely unique to approach MATLAB this way, but it is, in my mind, the preferable way to do it. Using functions alone doesn't leave you much flexibility when you are faced with something more complex and need to actually write useful programs or something not directly correlating to a function. But not knowing the functions really cripples your productivity.
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