Math 426 - Introduction to Mathematical Software Packages: Matlab

Summer 2005 - Matthias K. Gobbert

Section 6040 - Schedule Number 0290

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Basic Information


Matlab is a professional software package designed to implement mathematical ideas on a high level using the language of linear algebra. 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.

We will start by introducing the basic data structures and functionality of Matlab. Then we will work our way up to programming structures and discuss how to write efficient Matlab functions. The second half of the course covers 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 a combination of lecture and supervised lab work. The goal of this course is to make you proficient in your use of Matlab, and active participation in all aspects of the course is vital to learning the material.

Other Information

UMBC Academic Integrity Policy

By enrolling in this course, each student assumes the responsibilities of an active participant in UMBC's scholarly community in which everyone's academic work and behavior are held to the highest standards of honesty. Cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, and helping others to commit these acts are all forms of academic dishonesty, and they are wrong. Academic misconduct could result in disciplinary action that may include, but is not limited to, suspension or dismissal. To read the full Student Academic Conduct Policy, consult the UMBC Student Handbook, the Faculty Handbook, the UMBC Policies section of the UMBC Directory for undergraduate students, or the Graduate School website for graduate students.

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