Math 426 - Introduction to Mathematical Software Packages: Matlab

Winter 2002 - Matthias K. Gobbert

Section 9101 - Schedule Number 0038

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Basic Information


Matlab is a professional software package designed to implement mathematical ideas on a high level. It is widely used in industrial companies, government agencies, and educational institutions for rapid prototyping and teaching. Its main popularity roots in its intuitive interactive interface combined with reliable numerical algorithms and professional graphics capabilities.

This class is designed to provide a thorough introduction to programming and the use of high-level software packages using the example of Matlab. We will start by introducing basic data structures and programming elements. Then we will work our way up to higher-level programming structures such as scripts and functions. The second half of the course covers on Matlab's extensive two- and three-dimensional graphics capabilities. Additionally, we will discuss selected features from the Symbolic Math Toolbox and the IEEE standard for floating-point numbers, if time permits.

The class meetings will typically consist of an integration of lecture and supervised lab work. Active participation in both aspects is vital to learning the material.

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