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Essentials of MATLAB® Programming, 2nd Edition

  • Stephen J. Chapman
  • ISBN-10: 049529568X  |  ISBN-13: 9780495295686
  • 412 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2006
  • © 2009 | Published
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Stephen Chapman's Essentials of MATLAB Programming is a successful freshman-level text that is useable in a wide range of courses. This brief text serves two purposes -- it teaches how to program using MATLAB as a technical programming language as well as teaching students the basics of computer programming. Using top-down design methodology, the text encourages students to think about the proper design of a program before coding. Problem solving skills as well as the ability to locate desired functions within MATLAB are also presented making this text a useful reference tool.

Features and Benefits

  • This brief version highlights the most important parts concepts of using MATLAB as a programming language
  • Teaches the proper use of MATLAB’s built in tools for more efficient programming and debugging
  • Methods for locating desired functions within MATLAB is an important feature of this text.
  • Top-down methodology used to encourage proper programming

Table of Contents

The Advantages of MATLAB / Disadvantages of MATLAB / The MATLAB Environment / Using MATLAB as a Scratchpad
Variables and Arrays / Creating and Initializing Variables in MATLAB / Multidimensional Arrays / Subarrays / Special Values / Displaying Output Data / Data Files / Scalar and Array Operations / Hierarchy of Operations / Built-in MATLAB Functions / Introduction to Plotting
Introduction to Top-Down Design Techniques / Use of Pseudocode / The Logical Data Type / Branches / Additional Plotting Features / More on Debugging MATLAB Programs
The while Loop / The for Loop / Logical Arrays and Vectorization / The MATLAB Profiler
Introduction to MATLAB Functions / Variable Passing in MATLAB: The Pass-By-Value Scheme / Optional Arguments / Sharing Data Using Global Memory / Preserving Data Between Calls to a Function / Function Functions / Subfunctions and Private Functions
Complex Data / String Functions / Multidimensional Arrays / Additional Two-Dimensional Plots / Three-Dimensional Plots
Cell Arrays / Structure Arrays / Handle Graphics / Position and Units / Printer Positions / Default and Factory Properties / Graphics Object Properties
A - ASCII Character Set
B - MATLAB Input / Output Functions
C - Answers to Quizzes

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    ISBN-10: 0495295701 | ISBN-13: 9780495295709

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Stephen J. Chapman

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 served as 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 technical 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 Institution of Engineers (Australia).