Free PDF | MATLAB: A Practical Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving, 5th Edition
The purpose of this book is to teach basic programming concepts and skills needed for basic problem solving, all using MATLAB® as the vehicle. MATLAB is a powerful software package that has built-in functions to accomplish a diverse range of tasks, from mathematical operations to three-dimensional imaging. Additionally, MATLAB has a complete set of programming constructs that allows users to customize programs to their own specifications.
There are many books that introduce MATLAB. There are two basic flavors of these books: those that demonstrate the use of the built-in functions in MATLAB, with a chapter or two on some programming concepts, and those that cover only the programming constructs without mentioning many of the built-
in functions that make MATLAB efficient to use. Someone who learns just the built-in functions will be well-prepared to use MATLAB, but would not under-stand basic programming concepts. That person would not be able to then learn a language such as C ++ or Java without taking another introductory course, or reading another book, on the programming concepts. Conversely, anyone who learns only programming concepts first (using any language) would tend to write highly inefficient code using control statements to solve problems, not realizing that in many cases these are not necessary in MATLAB.
Instead, this book takes a hybrid approach, introducing both the programming and the efficient uses. The challenge for students is that it is nearly impossible to predict whether they will in fact need to know programming concepts later on or whether a software package such as MATLAB will suffice for their careers. Therefore, the best approach for beginners is to give them both: the programming concepts and the efficient built-in functions. Since MATLAB is very easy to use, it is a perfect platform for this approach of teaching programming and problem solving
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