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Basics of MATLAB and Beyond

1st Edition

By Andrew Knight

Chapman and Hall/CRC

216 pages

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MATLABä-the tremendously popular computation, numerical analysis, signal processing, data analysis, and graphical software package-allows virtually every scientist and engineer to make better and faster progress. As MATLAB's world-wide sales approach a half-million with an estimated four million users, it becomes a near necessity that professionals and students have a level of competence in its use. Until now, however, there has been no book that quickly and effectively introduces MATLAB's capabilities to new users and assists those with more experience down the path toward increasingly sophisticated work.

Basics of MATLAB and Beyond is just such a book. Its hands-on, tutorial approach gently takes new users by the hand and leads them to competence in all the fundamentals of MATLAB. Then, with equal effectiveness, it covers the advanced topics that lead to full, creative exploitation of MATLAB's awesome power. With this book, readers will:

  • Solve more problems with MATLAB-and solve them faster

  • Create clearer, more beautiful graphics with control over every detail

  • Create their own MATLAB code

  • Share their work by exporting data and graphics to other applications

  • Develop graphical user interfaces

    Based on the latest 5.x release, Basics of MATLAB and Beyond supplies both novice and experienced users the tools they need to gain proficiency, increase productivity, and ultimately have more fun with MATLAB.

  • Table of Contents


    First Steps in MATLAB

    Typing into MATLAB


    Basic Graphics

    More Matrix Algebra

    Basic Data Analysis

    Graphics of Functions of Two Variables


    Data Files



    Using MATLAB on Different Platforms

    Log Scales

    Curve Fitting-Matrix Division

    Missing Data

    Polar Plots

    Fourier Transform

    Power Spectrum

    Sounds in MATLAB

    Time-Frequency Analysis

    Line Animation


    Handle Graphics



    Sparse Arrays

    Text Strings

    Cell Arrays


    Multidimensional Arrays

    Saving and Loading Data

    Handle Graphics

    Axes Effects

    Text in Graphics

    Graphical user Interfaces

    Printing Graphics

    Irregular Grids

    Three-Dimensional Modeling

    MATLAB Programs and Debugging

    Answers to Exercises


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    About the Author

    The author completed a Ph.D. in plasma physics at the Flinders University of South Australia in the days before MATLAB. Consequently, he knows how much time can be saved when you don’t have to write your own matrix inversion or polynomial evaluation routines in FORTRAN. His first exposure to MATLAB was at the Centre for Plasma Physics Research at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale) in Lausanne, Switzerland, where he continued his research in plasma physics. On his return to Australia to take up a position with the Maritime Operations Division of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, he was given responsibility for research in the flow noise problem of towed sonar arrays. His current research interests include sonar signal processing and information displays. He has been largely responsible for the growth in the use of MATLAB in his division, and has conducted training courses in MATLAB.

    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    MATHEMATICS / General
    MATHEMATICS / Applied
    MATHEMATICS / Number Systems