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Matlab: A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving 1st Edition

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Stormy Attaway is Assistant Professor and Faculty Coordinator for Special Programs within the Mechanical Engineering Department at Boston University. She also currently serves as Director of Curricular Assessment and Improvement for the College of Engineering. In this capacity, she coordinates the curricular assessment and improvement programs within the College, in order to better the academic experience of the undergraduates. She has been the course coordinator for the Engineering Computation courses at Boston University for over twenty years, and has taught a variety of programming courses using many different languages and software packages.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann; 1 edition (February 16, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750687622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750687621
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #929,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By E. Tan on February 13, 2009
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I was a student at Boston University (BU) College of Engineering (EE). I felt the pain of having to learn and pick up MATLAB by myself because most programming classes focus on the popular languages (C/C++ and Java), which are in many ways different from MATLAB. MATLAB is a very useful computational tool, but many schools have failed in getting students to pick up MATLAB, mostly because MATLAB is used sporadically on certain courses and there wasn't really a textbook that catered toward first-time MATLAB users.

I have used and looked at over a dozen MATLAB textbooks throughout my undergrad study, and I can confidently say this is by far the best one for anyone to pick up MATLAB from scratch. More importantly, this is the only MATLAB textbook that I have come across that teaches the concept of programming so readers can pick up the basics and start writing their own scripts. Many MATLAB textbooks only teach how to use certain functions/features but fail terribly to impart the fundamentals of MATLAB - something that students really need to know so they can use MATLAB efficiently for their homework/projects/etc.

I was a tutor/teaching assistant for some engineering courses and headed a few MATLAB workshops for BU Students while in college. I wish this book were published earlier - it would have made many students' lives a lot easier.
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I have a Ph.D. in geology and have used several flavors of command-line-based software for the last 15 years, but have never taken a course in programming. As such, I have developed limited skills at writing scripts and basic programs, and have a conceptual idea of how programming works, but usually rely on copying/modifying existing code snippets to get what I want. Documentation for such software commonly assumes the reader is a programmer, which sometimes poses problems if you don't understand certain terminology, and for figuring out how to really use various functions and/or correctly string them together in a program to accomplish a task. When I recently wanted to adopt some code written by a colleague, I realized I would have to learn to use MATLAB. Data manipulation in MATLAB is "similar to but different from" the other software I've used, and although I can parrot example commands, I really wanted to understand what I was doing. I found Attaway's "MATLAB: A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving", and based in large part on the customer review by E. Tan, I purchased it, and have not regretted the decision.

Attaway's Preface clearly explains that the "purpose of this book is to teach basic programming concepts and skills needed for basic problem solving, all using MATLAB as the vehicle." This book is not primarily aimed at computer science types or accomplished programmers who need to use MATLAB (although it might help make their MATLAB-specific code more efficient) - it's more oriented toward people who need to use MATLAB, but do not already know how to program.

Throughout the book, important terms are typeset in bold and clearly defined.
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As a biomedical engineer, I tend to use MATLAB to run numbers and simulations fairly often. Different programming approaches are used for different tasks, and I tend to forget about some of the more quick and easy ways to accomplish those goals. This book, with its range of simple to fairly detailed examples, is a wonderful resource for doing just that - learning to use MATLAB in a quick and easy manner. It can be used as an introduction or as a quick reference to the programming language. Also, at under $50 it is extremely well priced when compared to modern scientific/academic literature, which tends to be in the $100-200 range.

I certainly recommend this book to anyone from beginner programmers to those seeking a way to best refresh their MATLAB knowledge!
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First, a disclosure: I know the author and am a colleague at Boston University.

I used this book when it was still in draft form, to learn Matlab in support of my work as an engineering professor and as an academic researcher. I was trained in Fortran in the late 70's, and had no other significant experience in programming. Nevertheless, a recent new project required me to tackle some challenging problems involving significant matrix computation and instrument control. Matlab was the best language choice for the task, and Stormy's book was my guide. In spare time, a half hour at a time, the book led me through a painless but powerful introduction to the language. I found the examples to be flawlessly presented, and richly informative.

Since completing this book I have integrated Matlab into my teaching and my research, and am grateful to have had Stormy's clear, concise, well-paced introduction as my launchpad.
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I've actually took a course about MATLAB with the professor who wrote this textbook. In fact, she used us to test the book before it went into publication. Let me say that this textbook is wonderful. If you have never programmed before, it actually teaches you how to program while teaching you MATLAB. Recommended for everybody who wants to learn MATLAB and especially for those who don't have any programming background..
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