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**David Houcque Northwestern University
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(version 1.2, August 2005)

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1 Tutorial lessons 1 1.1 1.2 1.3 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Basic features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A minimum MATLAB session . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.3.1 1.3.2 1.3.3 1.4 1.4.1 1.4.2 1.4.3 1.4.4 1.4.5 1.4.6 1.4.7 1.4.8 1.4.9 Starting MATLAB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Using MATLAB as a calculator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Quitting MATLAB . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Creating MATLAB variables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Overwriting variable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Error messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Making corrections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Controlling the hierarchy of operations or precedence . . . . . . . . . Controlling the appearance of ﬂoating point number . . . . . . . . . . Managing the workspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Keeping track of your work session . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Entering multiple statements per line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 1 2 2 2 4 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 8 8 9 9 10 10 11 12 12 13

Getting started . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

1.4.10 Miscellaneous commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.4.11 Getting help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1.5 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2 Tutorial lessons 2 2.1 Mathematical functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.1.1 Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i

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Basic plotting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.2.1 2.2.2 2.2.3 2.2.4 2.2.5 overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Creating simple plots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Adding titles, axis labels, and annotations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Multiple data sets in one plot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Specifying line styles and colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matrix generation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.5.1 2.5.2 2.5.3 2.5.4 2.5.5 2.5.6 2.5.7 2.5.8 2.5.9 Entering a vector . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Entering a matrix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matrix indexing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colon operator . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Linear spacing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Colon operator in a matrix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Creating a sub-matrix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deleting row or column . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dimension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

2.5.10 Continuation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.5.11 Transposing a matrix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.5.12 Concatenating matrices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.5.13 Matrix generators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.5.14 Special matrices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2.6 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

3 Array operations and Linear equations 3.1 Array operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3.1.1 3.1.2 3.2 3.2.1 Matrix arithmetic operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Array arithmetic operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Matrix inverse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Solving linear equations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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. . . . . . . . . . . . . Debugging process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The ‘‘while. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . .3 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . .2. Input to a script ﬁle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5. . .2 3. . . . . . 6 Debugging M-ﬁles 6. . . . . . . . . . 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iii . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Setting breakpoints . . . .2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 Examples . . . . . . . . . . Saving output to a ﬁle . . .. . . . . . . . . M-File functions . .end’’ structure .. .1 6. . . . . . . Control ﬂow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 4. . .2. . . . . . . .2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . Input and output arguments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2. . . . . . 4 Introduction to programming in MATLAB 4. . . . . . . . . .2 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . Output commands . . . . . . . . .3 4. . . .2. . . . . .2 4. . . . . . . . .4 The ‘‘if. .5 5. . . . .3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Script side-eﬀects . . . . . . . . . .3. . . . . . .4 4. . . . . .2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 34 35 35 35 36 37 38 38 40 40 41 42 43 43 43 43 45 45 46 46 47 47 48 49 49 49 50 50 Exercises . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 4. . . .. . . . . .. . . . . . .2. . .2 4. . . . . . . . . . . Anatomy of a M-File function . . . .1 5. .1 5. . . . . . The ‘‘for. . . . .2. . . . . . . .4 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Relational and logical operators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Matrix functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Exercises . .2. . . . . . . . . 5 Control ﬂow and operators 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .end’’ loop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Preparing for debugging . . .end’’ loop . . . M-File Scripts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 6. . . . . .6 5. . . . . . . . . . .3. . . . . . Exercises . .2 Introduction . . . . Operator precedence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Other ﬂow structures . . . . . . . . .

. C Main characteristics of MATLAB C. . . . . . . . . . . Examining values . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C. . . . . . . . . . C. . . . . . . . . . . . B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Other changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6 6.3 Weaknesses . . . . . . . . . . C. . . .6. . . . iv . . . . . . . . . . . .2. . . . . . . . . . .2. . . . . . . . . . Correcting and ending debugging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Running with breakpoints . . .2.1 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 6. . . .5 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Competition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ending debugging .3 Further details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 51 51 51 51 53 58 58 60 60 62 62 62 63 63 A Summary of commands B Release notes for Release 14 with Service Pack 2 B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B. . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Strengths . .2. . . . .2. . . . . . . . . . . .1 Summary of changes . . . Correcting an M-ﬁle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Array operators . . .4 2. . . . . . . . . .4 Managing workspace and ﬁle commands . . . . Diﬀerence between scripts and functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 2. . . . . . .1 1. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 4. . Relational and logical operators . . . . . . . . . . . Anatomy of a M-File function . . . . . .1 5. . . . . . . . . . .3 Relational and logical operators . . . . . . . . . Elementary functions . . . . .3 4. . . . . . . . . .2 2. . . . .5 3. . . . . . . .2 4. . Summary of matrix and array operations . . . . . . Predeﬁned constant values . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 2. . . . . . . Example of input and output arguments . . . .1 Arithmetic operators and special characters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Operator precedence . . . . . Elementary matrices . . . .3 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 7 12 13 18 27 28 31 32 34 38 39 40 41 45 47 53 54 54 55 55 A. . . . . .5 Predeﬁned variables and math constants . . . . . . . . . . . . .List of Tables 1. . . . . . . Matrix functions . .1 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Attributes for plot . . . Array operators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Special matrices . . . . . . . disp and fprintf commands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 5. . . Hierarchy of arithmetic operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 3. . . . . . A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A. . . . v . . . . . . . . . .2 3.2 Basic arithmetic operators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

. .7 Arrays and Matrices: Basic information . . . . A. . . . . A.9 Arrays and Matrices: matrix analysis and linear equations . . . . . 56 56 56 57 vi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A. .A. .8 Arrays and Matrices: operations and manipulation . . . . . . . . . .6 Elementary matrices and arrays . . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Plot for the vectors x and y . . . . . . . . 3 15 16 17 vii . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 2. . . . . Plot of the Sine function . . .List of Figures 1. . . . . . . .3 The graphical interface to the MATLAB workspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Typical example of multiple plots . . . . . .2 2. . . . . .1 2. . . . . .

David Houcque Evanston. The release notes. but also an introduction to scientiﬁc computing. the students . Although. Illinois August 2005 MATLAB R is a registered trademark of MathWorks. Originally. This manual reﬂects the ongoing eﬀort of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science leading by Dean Stephen Carr to institute a signiﬁcant technical computing in the Engineering First R 2 courses taught at Northwestern University. The emphasis here is “learning by doing”. This document is not a comprehensive introduction or a reference manual. It is used for freshmen classes at Northwestern University. it focuses on the speciﬁc features of MATLAB that are useful for engineering classes. The lab sessions are used with one main goal: to allow students to become familiar with computer software (e.Preface “Introduction to MATLAB for Engineering Students” is a document for an introductory course in MATLAB R 1 and technical computing. The seven lab sessions include not only the basic concepts of MATLAB. In addition. We assume that the students have no prior experience with MATLAB. well known as R14SP2. The end of this document contains two useful sections: a Glossary which contains the brief summary of the commands and built-in functions as well as a collection of release notes. the manual is divided into computer laboratory sessions (labs). They were very active participants in class. The availability of technical computing environment such as MATLAB is now reshaping the role and applications of computer laboratory projects to involve students in more intense problem-solving experience.g. most of the examples and exercises still work with previous releases as well. engineering students will see MATLAB in their other courses.Engineering Analysis (EA) Section . Finally. 2 Engineering First R is a registered trademark of McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science (Northwestern University) 1 viii . MATLAB) to solve application problems. All of the MATLAB commands have been tested to take advantage with new features of the current version of MATLAB available here at Northwestern (R14SP2). can also be found in Appendix. in which they will be useful for the upcoming engineering courses. This availability also provides an opportunity to easily conduct numerical experiments and to tackle realistic and more complicated problems.deserve my special gratitude.. Inc. The lab document is designed to be used by the students while working at the computer. Instead. which include several new features of the Release 14 with Service Pack 2. This quiz-like session is supposed to be fully completed in 50 minutes in class.

a world-renowned expert in fracture mechanics. he has a combined background experience: scientiﬁc computing and engineering expertise. and have communicated their comments and suggestions. France. I also want to thank Malcomb MacIver. and Daniel Lee. I want to thank IT personnel for helping setting up the classes and other computer related work: Rebecca Swierz. ix . and United Arab Emirates. and Allen Taﬂove for their helpful reviews on some speciﬁc parts of the document. I am grateful to a number of people who oﬀered helpful advice and comments. Finally. in particular Randy Freeman. he has been working as R&D engineer in the ﬁelds of nuclear engineering. Here at Northwestern University. oil rig platform oﬀshore design. Alan Wolﬀ. All of these include working in diﬀerent international environments: Germany. EA3 Honors instructor (Spring 2005) for helping me to better understand the animation of system dynamics using MATLAB. Among other things. Norway. and steel industry. I want to thank the EA1 instructors (Fall Quarter 2004). About the author David Houcque has more than 25 years’ experience in the modeling and simulation of structures and solid continua including 14 years in industry. I am particularly indebted to the many students (340 or so) who have used these materials. Ken Kalan. Jorge Nocedal.Acknowledgements I would like to thank Dean Stephen Carr for his constant support. he is working under the supervision of Professor Brian Moran. Rick Mazec. Mike Vilches. He earned his academic degrees from Europe and the United States. Jesse Becker. In industry. oil reservoir engineering. to investigate the integrity assessment of the aging highway bridges under severe operating conditions and corrosion.

The name MATLAB stands for MATrix LABoratory.g. MATLAB was written originally to provide easy access to matrix software developed by the LINPACK (linear system package) and EISPACK (Eigen system package) projects. There are toolboxes for signal processing. contains built-in editing and debugging tools. It has powerful built-in routines that enable a very wide variety of computations. MATLAB has many advantages compared to conventional computer languages (e. In this introduction we will describe how MATLAB handles simple numerical expressions and mathematical formulas. Furthermore. MATLAB [1] is a high-performance language for technical computing. MATLAB is a modern programming language environment: it has sophisticated data structures.. the best way to learn is by trying it yourself. control theory. MATLAB is an interactive system whose basic data element is an array that does not require dimensioning. symbolic computation. It also has easy to use graphics commands that make the visualization of results immediately available. These factors make MATLAB an excellent tool for teaching and research. The emphasis here is “learning by doing”. simulation. Working through the examples will give you a feel for the way that MATLAB operates.Chapter 1 Tutorial lessons 1 1. and several other ﬁelds of applied science and engineering. optimization.1 Introduction The tutorials are independent of the rest of the document. Speciﬁc applications are collected in packages referred to as toolbox. visualization. and programming environment. It integrates computation. and supports object-oriented programming. Therefore. The software package has been commercially available since 1984 and is now considered as a standard tool at most universities and industries worldwide. C. The primarily objective is to help you learn quickly the ﬁrst steps. we would 1 . In addition to the MATLAB documentation which is mostly available on-line. FORTRAN) for solving technical problems.

[5]. [3].3 A minimum MATLAB session The goal of this minimum session (also called starting and exiting sessions) is to learn the ﬁrst steps: • How to log on • Invoke MATLAB • Do a few simple calculations • How to quit MATLAB 1. [7]. you can enter MATLAB by double-clicking on the MATLAB shortcut icon (MATLAB 7.4) on your Windows desktop. The lessons are intended to make you familiar with the basics of MATLAB. [4]. [6]. 1.recommend the following books: [2]. [8]. the following tutorial lessons are designed to get you started quickly in MATLAB. and [9]. a special window called the MATLAB desktop appears. They are excellent in their speciﬁc applications. The desktop is a window that contains other windows.0.1 Starting MATLAB After logging into your account.3. We urge you to complete the exercises given at the end of each lesson. 1. When you start MATLAB. The major tools within or accessible from the desktop are: • The Command Window • The Command History • The Workspace • The Current Directory • The Help Browser • The Start button 2 .2 Basic features As we mentioned earlier.

Figure 1.1: The graphical interface to the MATLAB workspace 3 .

This illustration also shows the default conﬁguration of the MATLAB desktop.1. For example. we will use this prompt. if it is already existed). You type it at the prompt command (>>) as follows.2 Using MATLAB as a calculator As an example of a simple interactive calculation. to store the results of the current calculation. Table 1. >>. short for answer. You are now faced with the MATLAB desktop on your computer.When MATLAB is started for the ﬁrst time. computing 4x will result in >> 4*x ans = 28. just type the expression you want to evaluate.1 gives the partial list of arithmetic operators. there are 2 types of prompt: >> EDU> for full version for educational version Note: To simplify the notation.0000 Before we conclude this minimum session. Therefore. the screen looks like the one that shown in the Figure 1. We will assume that you have suﬃcient understanding of your computer under which MATLAB is being run. you may assign a value to a variable or output argument name. as a standard prompt sign. For example. This variable name can always be used to refer to the results of the previous computations. let’s suppose you want to calculate the expression.3. MATLAB uses a default variable ans. Let’s start at the very beginning. Now. >> x = 1+2*3 x = 7 will result in x being given the value 1 + 2 × 3 = 7. >> 1+2*3 ans = 7 You will have noticed that if you do not specify an output variable. 1 + 2 × 3. we are interested in doing some simple calculations. 4 . 1. though our MATLAB version is for educational purpose. To avoid this. Note that the variable ans is created (or overwritten. You can customize the arrangement of tools and documents to suit your needs. Usually. which contains the prompt (>>) in the Command Window.

1. expression can involve: • manual entry • built-in functions • user-deﬁned functions 5 . mathematical operators. >> x = expression where expression is a combination of numerical values. and function calls.4 Getting started After learning the minimum MATLAB session. type quit in the Command Window. The syntax of variable assignment is variable name = a value (or an expression) For example. On other words. we will now learn to use some additional operations.3.Table 1.3 Quitting MATLAB To end your MATLAB session.4. variables. or select File −→ Exit MATLAB in the desktop main menu.1 Creating MATLAB variables MATLAB variables are created with an assignment statement.1: Symbol + − ∗ / Basic arithmetic operators Operation Example Addition 2+3 Subtraction 2−3 Multiplication 2∗3 Division 2/3 1. 1.

1.4. it can be modiﬁed if needed and executed. if you do not wish to see the intermediate results. in the following.1. In addition. we can. but now we will include parentheses.4. MATLAB will return an error message.4 Making corrections To make corrections. But if the expression is lengthy. we left out the multiplication sign. 1.) at the end of the line.4. For example. it can be reassigned. you can suppress the numerical output by putting a semicolon (. in the following expression >> x = 10.4. A previously typed command can be recalled with the up-arrow key ↑. >> t = t+1 t = 6 1. Then the sequence of commands looks like this: >> t = 5.3 Error messages If we enter an expression incorrectly. 1 + 2 × 3 will become (1 + 2) × 3 >> (1+2)*3 ans = 9 and. of course retype the expressions. from previous example 6 . we make more mistakes by typing a second time.5 Controlling the hierarchy of operations or precedence Let’s consider the previous arithmetic operation. When the command is displayed at the command prompt.2 Overwriting variable Once a variable has been created. *. >> 5x ??? 5x | Error: Unexpected MATLAB expression. For example.

to make the evaluation of expressions unambiguous. if parentheses are missing. The order in which MATLAB performs arithmetic operations is exactly that taught in high school algebra courses. the standard order of precedence of arithmetic operations can be changed by inserting parentheses. The results are 7 and 9 respectively. followed by multiplications and divisions.1857 7 . starting from left to right most computer programs. Second All exponentials are evaluated. Therefore. and ﬁnally by additions and subtractions. working from left to right Third All multiplications and divisions are evaluated. Exponentiations are done ﬁrst. working from left to right Fourth All additions and subtractions are evaluated. However. The order in which the arithmetic operations are evaluated is given in Table 1. starting from the innermost parentheses and working outward.>> 1+2*3 ans = 7 By adding parentheses. MATLAB has established a series of rules.2: Hierarchy of arithmetic operations Precedence Mathematical operations First The contents of all parentheses are evaluated ﬁrst.7766 or. For example. it becomes >> 1/(2+3^2)+4/5*6/7 ans = 0. the result of 1+2×3 is quite diﬀerent than the similar expression with parentheses (1+2)×3. and their use is recommended in some complex expressions to avoid ambiguity. Now. evaluation is from left to right. consider another example: 1 4 6 + × 2 2+3 5 7 In MATLAB. >> 1/2+3^2+4/5*6/7 ans = 10. MATLAB arithmetic operators obey the same precedence rules as those in Table 1. Parentheses can always be used to overrule priority.2. For operators of equal precedence. these two expressions give diﬀerent results: 9 and 7.

6667 If we want to see all 15 digits. To avoid this possibility. There are several other formats. we use the command format long >> format long >> x= -1. and then ask about the value of x by typing. simply enter a semicolon (. for example −163. or simply format. we want to emphasize the importance of precedence rule in order to avoid ambiguity. Here are some examples of the diﬀerent formats together with the resulting outputs.) at the end of the command.4. >> x x = -163. as shown in above examples.So here what we get: two diﬀerent results.6 Controlling the appearance of ﬂoating point number MATLAB by default displays only 4 decimals in the result of the calculations. Therefore.7 Managing the workspace The contents of the workspace persist between the executions of separate commands. enter format short. it is possible for the results of one problem to have an eﬀect on the next one. For example. To prevent MATLAB from echoing what we type. 1. which is 15 digits.Up to now.636666666666667e+002 To return to the standard format. The command format controls how the results of computations are displayed. MATLAB does numerical calculations in double precision. However.6667. see the MATLAB documentation. in particular when the output is pages en length. >> format short >> x=-163.6667 1. Note . we have let MATLAB repeat everything that we enter at the prompt (>>).4. >> x=-163.6667. it is a good idea to issue a clear command at the start of each new independent calculation. 8 . Sometimes this is not quite useful. or type help format. Therefore. For more details.

type >> who while.) or semicolons (. enter diary on. This frees up system memory. b=cos(a). or to add your comments.) allow multiple statements per line without suppressing output. >> diary or give a name to a created ﬁle.) to enter more than one statement at once.>> clear The command clear or clear all removes all variables from the workspace. You can use the function type to view the diary ﬁle or you can edit in a text editor or print. They save all input and output as they appear in the MATLAB window. It can be opened by an editor or a word processing program and edited to remove extraneous material. This command is useful. The ﬁle that is created is a simple text ﬁle. >> diary FileName where FileName could be any arbitrary name you choose.8 Keeping track of your work session It is possible to keep track of everything done during a MATLAB session with the diary command.6570 c = 548. 1. >> a=7. Commas (. c=cosh(a) b = 0. The function diary is useful if you want to save a complete MATLAB session. whos will give more details which include size. 1.3170 9 . and class of the variables.4. space allocation. for example in the process of preparing a homework or lab submission. When you want to stop the recording.9 Entering multiple statements per line It is possible to enter multiple statements per line.4. If you want to start recording again. Use commas (. enter diary off. In order to display a list of the variables currently in the memory.

Here are some examples: • Use on-line help to request info on a speciﬁc function >> help sqrt • In the current version (MATLAB version 7). However. it is important to emphasize one main point. type ctrl-c • To continue a line. Because MATLAB is a huge program.At this particular time of our study. which includes the function of interest. The help command searches for an exact function name match. On the other hand. select MATLAB Help from Help menu or MATLAB Help directly in the Command Window. This is very helpful for more complex commands. Since MATLAB does not have a function named inverse. For example. . type . . >> doc plot 10 . >> lookfor inverse Note . information about any command is available by typing >> help Command Another way to get help is to use the lookfor command.11 Getting help To view the online documentation. The Help Browser can be started by selecting the ? icon from the desktop toolbar.10 Miscellaneous commands Here are few additional useful commands: • To clear the Command Window. we will give you information how to get help.1.4. The lookfor command diﬀers from the help command. 1. it is impossible to cover all the details of each function one by one. the doc function opens the on-line version of the help manual. The preferred method is to use the Help Browser. the command help inverse will produce nothing. inv. On the other hand.4. suppose that we were looking for a function to take the inverse of a matrix. while the lookfor command searches the quick summary information in each function for a match. type clc • To abort a MATLAB computation. the command lookfor inverse will produce detailed information.

The general form is >> lookfor FunctionName 1.5 Exercises Note: Due to the teaching class during this Fall 2005. 11 .• Use lookfor to ﬁnd functions by keywords. the problems are temporarily removed from this section.

ex . exp. Many standard mathematical functions. cos(x). vectors. There is a long list of mathematical functions that are built into MATLAB. These functions are called built-ins. or matrices. such as sin(x). are evaluated by the functions sin.1 lists some commonly used functions.1: Elementary functions cos(x) sin(x) tan(x) acos(x) asin(x) atan(x) exp(x) sqrt(x) log(x) log10(x) Cosine Sine Tangent Arc cosine Arc sine Arc tangent Exponential Square root Natural logarithm Common logarithm abs(x) sign(x) max(x) min(x) ceil(x) floor(x) round(x) rem(x) angle(x) conj(x) Absolute value Signum function Maximum value Minimum value Round towards +∞ Round towards −∞ Round to nearest integer Remainder after division Phase angle Complex conjugate In addition to the elementary functions.1 Mathematical functions MATLAB oﬀers many predeﬁned mathematical functions for technical computing which contains a large set of mathematical functions. Table 2. Table 2. cos. tan. MATLAB includes a number of predeﬁned 12 .Chapter 2 Tutorial lessons 2 2. Typing help elfun and help specfun calls up full lists of elementary and special functions respectively. where variables x and y can be numbers. and log respectively in MATLAB. ln(x). tan(x).

2904 The subsequent examples are >> log(142) ans = 4.j Inf NaN The π number. √ The imaginary unit i.2: Predeﬁned constant values pi i. . >> y = exp(-a)*sin(x)+10*sqrt(y) y = 28. >> sin(pi/4) ans = 0.1523 Note the diﬀerence between the natural logarithm log(x) and the decimal logarithm (base 10) log10(x). √ As a ﬁrst example.14159 . . x = 2. and y = 8 is computed by >> a = 5. −1 The inﬁnity. the value of the expression y = e−a sin(x) + 10 y.constant values. y = 8.1.2026e+004 13 . π = 3. A list of the most common values is given in Table 2. we enter the following commands in MATLAB. To calculate sin(π/4) and e10 . for a = 5. Table 2.9558 >> log10(142) ans = 2.7071 >> exp(10) ans = 2. x = 2.2. ∞ Not a number 2.1 Examples We illustrate here some typical examples which related to the elementary functions previously deﬁned.

and ﬁnally plot the result: 14 . 4. is to take a vector of xcoordinates.y). . >> x = [1 2 3 4 5 6]. . 2π]. y = (y1 .1 Basic plotting overview MATLAB has an excellent set of graphic tools. .1. . You are highly encouraged to plot mathematical functions and results of analysis as often as possible. >> plot(x. we ﬁrst create a vector of x values ranging from 0 to 2π. Reassigning the value to a built-in function can create problems. . i and j are pre-assigned to −1. 5. Being able to plot mathematical functions and data freely is the most important step. 6) and y = (3. xN ). 2. The vectors x = (1. . n and then join them by straight lines. one or both of i or j are often used as loop indices. 4. namely. and this section is written to assist you to do just that.2 Creating simple plots The basic MATLAB graphing procedure.y) Note: The plot functions has diﬀerent forms depending on the input arguments. Plotting a given data set or the results of computation is possible with very few commands. 2. locate the points (xi . . If y is a vector plot(y)produces a piecewise linear graph of the elements of y versus the index of the elements of y. For example.y) produces a graph of y versus x. with i = 1. it is suggested to use instead ii or jj as loop indices. and a vector of y-coordinates. The MATLAB command to plot a graph is plot(x. as mentioned above. However.Notes: • Only use built-in functions on the right hand side of an expression. If we specify two vectors. plot(x.2. −1. then compute the sine of these values. x = (x1 . for example in 2D.2 2. >> y = [3 -1 2 4 5 1]. 1) produce the picture shown in Figure 2. yi ). 2. . . 2. . √ • There are some exceptions. For example.2. to plot the function sin (x) on the interval [0. 3. You need to prepare x and y in an identical array form. . . yN ). 2. • To avoid any possible confusion. Trying to understand mathematical equations with graphics is an enjoyable and very eﬃcient way of learning mathematics. x and y are both row arrays or column arrays of the same length. 5.

1: Plot for the vectors x and y >> x = 0:pi/100:2*pi. >> plot(x. using the graph from the previous example. – stops when 2π is reached. An example of 2D plot is shown in Figure 2.3 Adding titles.2. Now label the axes and add a title. • If you omit the increment.5 4 3 2 1 0 −1 1 2 3 4 5 6 Figure 2. The character \pi creates the symbol π. For example. add an x. >> y = sin(x). MATLAB automatically increments by 1. 2.y) Notes: • 0:pi/100:2*pi yields a vector that – starts at 0. axis labels. 15 .2. – takes steps (or increments) of π/100. and annotations MATLAB enables you to add axis labels and titles.and y-axis labels.

’--’. and y3 = 0. blue.x.6 −0. around r.’0. Note the single quotes. y1 = 2*cos(x). red is selected by plot(x.y3.2: Plot of the Sine function >> xlabel(’x = 0:2\pi’) >> ylabel(’Sine of x’) >> title(’Plot of the Sine function’) The color of a single curve is. y2 = cos(x).5*cos(x)’) 16 . For example.6 0.5*cos(x). but other colors are possible. ’ ’.y2.’r’). >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> x = 0:pi/100:2*pi.2.4 Multiple data sets in one plot Multiple (x.4 0. For example. The desired color is indicated by a third argument.8 0.y1.x. these statements plot three related functions of x: y1 = 2 cos(x). by default. y) pairs arguments create multiple graphs with a single call to plot. in the interval 0 ≤ x ≤ 2π.2 −0. 2.4 −0.8 −1 0 1 2 3 x = 0:2π 4 5 6 7 Figure 2.’-’.’:’) xlabel(’0 \leq x \leq 2\pi’) ylabel(’Cosine functions’) legend(’2*cos(x)’. plot(x.y.2 Sine of x 0 −0.’cos(x)’.5 ∗ cos(x).Plot of the Sine function 1 0. y2 = cos(x). y3 = 0.

. ) using the plot command: plot(x. 17 . 2.3: Typical example of multiple plots By default. MATLAB uses line style and color to distinguish the data sets plotted in the graph. circles.3.2. you can change the appearance of these graphic components or add annotations to the graph to help explain your data for presentation. plus signs. . and markers (e. To ﬁnd additional information.3.y.’style_color_marker’) where style_color_marker is a triplet of values from Table 2.g.>> title(’Typical example of multiple plots’) >> axis([0 2*pi -3 3]) The result of multiple data sets in one graph plot is shown in Figure 2. . colors. However.5*cos(x) 2 Cosine functions 1 0 −1 −2 −3 0 1 2 3 0 ≤ x ≤ 2π 4 5 6 Figure 2. Typical example of multiple plots 3 2*cos(x) cos(x) 0. type help plot or doc plot..5 Specifying line styles and colors It is possible to specify line styles.

3 Exercises Note: Due to the teaching class during this Fall Quarter 2005.3: Attributes for plot Symbol Color k r b g c m y Black Red Blue Green Cyan Magenta Yellow Symbol Line Style − −− : −.Table 2. the problems are temporarily removed from this section. 18 . × s d Plus sign Circle Asterisk Point Cross Square Diamond 2. none Solid Dashed Dotted Dash-dot No line Symbol Marker + o ∗ .

determinants. In this section we will illustrate how to apply diﬀerent operations on matrices. >> w = [1. MATLAB supports two types of operations.1 Entering a vector A vector is a special case of a matrix. Matrices can be generated in several ways. A matrix is a two-dimensional array consisting of m rows and n columns. whereas an array of dimension m × 1 is called a column vector. type >> v = [1 4 7 10 13] v = 1 4 7 10 13 Column vectors are created in a similar way.7. an array of dimension 1 × n is called a row vector. Matrix operations will be discussed ﬁrst. we need to become familiar with matrix generation and manipulation. The transpose operation is denoted by an apostrophe or a single quote (’).10. a row vector is converted to a column vector using the transpose operator.4.13] w = 1 4 7 10 13 On the other hand. and matrix manipulation. Therefore. to enter a row vector. known as matrix operations and array operations.5 Matrix generation Matrices are fundamental to MATLAB. 19 . semicolon (.5.4 Introduction Matrices are the basic elements of the MATLAB environment. Special cases are column vectors (n = 1) and row vectors (m = 1). however. The following topics are discussed: vectors and matrices in MATLAB. v. 2. The purpose of this section is to show how to create vectors and matrices in MATLAB. As discussed earlier. The elements of vectors in MATLAB are enclosed by square brackets and are separated by spaces or by commas. 2. the inverse of a matrix.2. For example.) must separate the components of a column vector.

>> v(1:3) ans = 1 4 7 Or.2 Entering a matrix A matrix is an array of numbers. v(2) its second element. To type a matrix into MATLAB you must • begin with a square bracket. and so forth. writing >> v(:) produces a column vector.) • use a semicolon (.5. to access blocks of elements. to access the ﬁrst three elements of v. we write. For example. Furthermore. >> v(3. we use MATLAB’s colon notation (:). [ • separate elements in a row with spaces or commas (.) to separate rows • end the matrix with another square bracket. 20 . ].>> w = v’ w = 1 4 7 10 13 Thus. v(1) is the ﬁrst element of vector v. 2. whereas writing >> v(1:end) produces a row vector. If v is a vector. all elements from the third through the last elements.end) ans = 7 10 13 where end signiﬁes the last element in the vector.

The element of row i and column j of the matrix A is denoted by A(i. To enter a matrix A. We can refer to it simply as matrix A. 7 8 9] MATLAB then displays the 3 × 3 matrix as follows.j). The result is >> A(3. A(3. We write.3)=3. Once we have entered the matrix. >> A(2. >> A = [1 2 3.) here is diﬀerent from their use mentioned earlier to suppress output or to write multiple commands in a single line. Thus. 1 2 3 A= 4 5 6 7 8 9 type. but now we need two indices. A(1.Here is a typical example.j) in MATLAB refers to the element Aij of matrix A.1) is an element located in the second row and ﬁrst column. A = 1 4 7 2 5 8 3 6 9 (2.3 Matrix indexing We select elements in a matrix just as we did for vectors. The ﬁrst index is the row number and the second index is the column number. it is automatically stored and remembered in the Workspace. 4 5 6. Correcting any entry is easy through indexing. Here. A(1.3)=0. We can then view a particular element in a matrix by specifying its location. For example.1) Note that the use of semicolons (.3) = 0 A = 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 0 21 Here we substitute A(3. A(i. Its value is 4.1) ans = 4 A(2.3)=9 by .3) is an element of ﬁrst row and third column.5. 2. such as.

2. 2.k:l speciﬁes rows m to n and column k to l.2. y = linspace(a. >> theta = linspace(0. For example. there is a command to generate linearly spaced vectors: linspace.n) generates a row vector y of n points linearly spaced between and including a and b. where i ≥ 1 and j ≥ 1. 0. Subscript expressions refer to portions of a matrix.5. Often we must deal with matrices or vectors that are too large to enter one element at a time. y = linspace(a.j). 2π] into 100 equal subintervals.4 Colon operator The colon operator will prove very useful and understanding how it works is the key to eﬃcient and convenient usage of MATLAB.6 Colon operator in a matrix The colon operator can also be used to pick out a certain row or column. · · · .3.Single elements of a matrix are accessed as A(i. It is similar to the colon operator (:).2*pi.101) divides the interval [0. suppose we want to enter a vector x consisting of points (0. This is useful when we want to divide an interval into a number of subintervals of the same length. 0. 22 . For example. 2. For example. It occurs in several diﬀerent forms.1:5. but gives direct control over the number of points. We can use the command >> x = 0:0. 5).5. then creating a vector of 101 elements. For example. Zero or negative subscripts are not supported in MATLAB.b. the statement A(m:n. For example.5.b) generates a row vector y of 100 points linearly spaced between and including a and b.5 Linear spacing On the other hand. 0. The row vector has 51 elements.1.

:) ans = 4 5 6 is the second row elements of A. do the following >> B = A([2 3]. >> C = A([2 1 3].2:3) is a sub-matrix with the last two columns of A.>> A(2. To create a vector version of matrix A.7 Creating a sub-matrix To extract a submatrix B consisting of rows 2 and 3 and columns 1 and 2 of the matrix A. do the following 23 .:) C = 4 5 6 1 2 3 7 8 0 It is important to note that the colon operator (:) stands for all columns or all rows. >> A(:. use the vector of row indices together with the colon operator. A row or a column of a matrix can be deleted by setting it to a null vector.[1 2]) B = 4 5 7 8 To interchange rows 1 and 2 of A. The colon operator can also be used to extract a sub-matrix from a matrix A. >> A(:.2:3) ans = 2 3 5 6 8 0 A(:. [ ].5.2)=[] ans = 1 3 4 6 7 0 2.

>> A(:) ans = 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 0 The submatrix comprising the intersection of rows p to q and columns r to s is denoted by A(p:q,r:s). As a special case, a colon (:) as the row or column speciﬁer covers all entries in that row or column; thus • A(:,j) is the jth column of A, while • A(i,:) is the ith row, and • A(end,:) picks out the last row of A. The keyword end, used in A(end,:), denotes the last index in the speciﬁed dimension. Here are some examples. >> A A = 1 4 7

2 5 8

3 6 9

>> A(2:3,2:3) ans = 5 6 8 9 >> A(end:-1:1,end) ans = 9 6 3 24

>> A([1 3],[2 3]) ans = 2 3 8 9

2.5.8

Deleting row or column

To delete a row or column of a matrix, use the empty vector operator, [ ]. >> A(3,:) = [] A = 1 2 3 4 5 6 Third row of matrix A is now deleted. To restore the third row, we use a technique for creating a matrix >> A = [A(1,:);A(2,:);[7 8 0]] A = 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 0 Matrix A is now restored to its original form.

2.5.9

Dimension

To determine the dimensions of a matrix or vector, use the command size. For example, >> size(A) ans = 3

3

means 3 rows and 3 columns. Or more explicitly with, >> [m,n]=size(A)

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2.5.10

Continuation

If it is not possible to type the entire input on the same line, use consecutive periods, called an ellipsis . . ., to signal continuation, then continue the input on the next line. B = [4/5 1/x^2 x-7 7.23*tan(x) 0 sqrt(3) sqrt(6); ... 3/(x*log(x)); ... x*sin(x)];

Note that blank spaces around +, −, = signs are optional, but they improve readability.

2.5.11

Transposing a matrix

The transpose operation is denoted by an apostrophe or a single quote (’). It ﬂips a matrix about its main diagonal and it turns a row vector into a column vector. Thus, >> A’ ans = 1 2 3

4 5 6

7 8 0

By using linear algebra notation, the transpose of m × n real matrix A is the n × m matrix that results from interchanging the rows and columns of A. The transpose matrix is denoted AT .

2.5.12

Concatenating matrices

Matrices can be made up of sub-matrices. Here is an example. First, let’s recall our previous matrix A. A = 1 4 7

2 5 8

3 6 9

The new matrix B will be, >> B = [A 10*A; -A [1 0 0; 0 1 0; 0 0 1]] B = 1 2 3 10 20 30 26

3) c = 0 0 0 27 . Table 2.1] 2.1. The matrix of zeros.n) Returns an m-by-n matrix with 1 on the main diagonal Returns an n-by-n square identity matrix Returns an m-by-n matrix of zeros Returns an m-by-n matrix of ones Extracts the diagonal of matrix A Returns an m-by-n matrix of random numbers For a complete list of elementary matrices and matrix manipulations. type help elmat or doc elmat. we can deﬁne b as >> b=[1. >> eye(3) ans = 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3.n) ones(m. Here are some examples: 1.5. respectively. and eye.1) b = 1 1 1 Equivalently. the matrix of ones. ones. and the identity matrix are returned by the functions zeros. >> b=ones(3. >> c=zeros(2.4: Elementary matrices eye(m.n) eye(n) zeros(m.n) diag(A) rand(m.4 7 -1 -4 -7 5 8 -2 -5 -8 6 9 -3 -6 -9 40 70 1 0 0 50 80 0 1 0 60 90 0 0 1 2.13 Matrix generators MATLAB provides functions that generates elementary matrices.

ones(2) eye(2)] D = 1 2 0 0 3 4 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 2. see MATLAB documentation. we may create a matrix D as follows >> D = [C zeros(2).5). subtraction (−). These matrices have interesting properties that make them useful for constructing examples and for testing algorithms. 3 4]. Table 2. For more information. which generate matrices of (pseudo-)random numbers using the same syntax as eye.14 Special matrices MATLAB provides a number of special matrices (see Table 2. With C deﬁned by C = [1 2. it is important to remember that the three elementary operations of addition (+).5. Two other important matrix generation functions are rand and randn. matrices can be constructed in a block form.0 0 0 In addition. In addition.5: Special matrices hilb invhilb magic pascal toeplitz vander wilkinson Hilbert matrix Inverse Hilbert matrix Magic square Pascal matrix Toeplitz matrix Vandermonde matrix Wilkinson’s eigenvalue test matrix 28 . and multiplication (∗) apply also to matrices whenever the dimensions are compatible.

2.6 Exercises Note: Due to the teaching class during this Fall Quarter 2005. 29 . the problems are temporarily removed from this section.

However. .1.1 Matrix arithmetic operations As we mentioned earlier. are done element-by-element..Chapter 3 Array operations and Linear equations 3.2 Array arithmetic operations On the other hand. If A and B are two matrices of the same size with elements A = [aij ] and B = [bij ].1 Array operations MATLAB has two diﬀerent types of arithmetic operations: matrix arithmetic operations and array arithmetic operations. Thus. distinguishes the array operations from the matrix operations. since the matrix and array operations are the same for addition (+) and subtraction (−). we are interested in array operations. A+B or B+A A*B A^2 α*A or A*α is valid if A and B are of the same size is valid if A’s number of column equals B’s number of rows is valid if A is square and equals A*A multiplies each element of A by α 3. MATLAB allows arithmetic operations: +. array arithmetic operations or array operations for short. Now. then the command 30 . The period character. the character pairs (. The list of array operators is shown below in Table 3. 3.+) and (.−) are not used. ∗. −. and ˆ to be carried out on matrices. We have seen matrix arithmetic operations in the previous lab.1.2.

40 50 B= A= 70 80 7 8 9 we have./V U.. ./ . If we want the operation to be applied to each element of a matrix. . un /vn ] produces [uv1 uv2 . 10 20 1 2 3 4 5 6 . . ∗ V U.ˆV produces [u1 v1 u2 v2 . .^2. uvn ] 1 2 n 31 . For example. For example. using 30 60 90 90 360 810 To raise a scalar to a power. we use for example the command 10^2. U.*B C = 10 40 160 250 490 640 = aij bij . let’s consider two vectors U and V with elements U = [ui ] and V = [vj ]. . To simplify.*B produces another matrix C of the same size with elements cij the same 3 × 3 matrices. un vn ] produces [u1 /v1 u2 /v2 . if we want to produce a new matrix whose elements are the square of the elements of the matrix A. >> C = A. we enter >> A.^ Element-by-element multiplication Element-by-element division Element-by-element exponentiation Table 3. we use .* .1: Array operators >> C = A.^2 ans = 1 4 16 25 49 64 9 36 81 The relations below summarize the above operations. .

There are typically two ways to solve for x in MATLAB: 1. With matrix notation. and x is an unknown column vector of n components. The result is x = A−1 b./ . In linear algebra we learn that the solution to Ax = b can be written as x = A−1 b. a system of simultaneous linear equations is written Ax = b (3. where A−1 is the inverse of A. a system of simultaneous linear equations is written Ax = b This equation can be solved for x using linear algebra. For example.∗ .\ .2: Summary of matrix and array operations 3. (3.Operation Matrix Array Addition Subtraction Multiplication Division Left division Exponentiation + − ∗ / \ ˆ + − .1) where there are as many equations as unknown. The ﬁrst one is to use the matrix inverse.2 Solving linear equations One of the problems encountered most frequently in scientiﬁc computation is the solution of systems of simultaneous linear equations. inv.2) 32 .ˆ Table 3. A is a given square matrix of order n. b is a given column vector of n components. consider the following system of linear equations x + 2y + 3z = 1 4x + 5y + 6z = 1 7x + 8y = 1 The coeﬃcient matrix A is 1 2 3 A= 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 and the vector b = 1 1 With matrix notation.

1 Matrix inverse 1 2 3 A= 4 5 6 7 8 0 Let’s consider the same matrix A. 1.>> A = [1 2 3. 4 5 6. Calculating the inverse of A manually is probably not a pleasant work.0000 2. 7 8 0]. 7 8 0]. 3. 1. >> x = A\b x = -1. >> A = [1 2 3. >> b = [1. 4 5 6.0000 1.0000 This problem is at the heart of many problems in scientiﬁc computation.0000 -0. The second one is to use the backslash (\)operator. The numerical algorithm behind this operator is computationally eﬃcient. we will see some additional details which relate to this particular topic. however. In addition to this. This is a numerically reliable way of solving system of linear equations by using a well-known process of Gaussian elimination.0000 -0.2. Hence it is important that we know how to solve this type of problem eﬃciently. it becomes as simple as the following commands: 33 . >> x = inv(A)*b x = -1. Now.0000 1. >> b = [1. we know how to solve a system of linear equations. 1]. Here the handcalculation of A−1 gives as a ﬁnal result: −16 8 −1 1 A−1 = 14 −7 2 9 −1 2 −1 In MATLAB. 1].

2 Matrix functions MATLAB provides many matrix functions for various matrix/vector manipulations. det diag eig inv norm rank Determinant Diagonal matrices and diagonals of a matrix Eigenvalues and eigenvectors Matrix inverse Matrix and vector norms Number of linearly independent rows or columns Table 3. 4 5 6.1111 0. Use the online help of MATLAB to ﬁnd how to use these functions.>> A = [1 2 3. 7 8 0]. the problems are temporarily removed from this section.1111 1.3 Exercises Note: Due to the teaching class during this Fall Quarter 2005.3 for some of these functions.7778 0.5556 -0.8889 -0.7778 0. see Table 3. −16 8 −1 1 2 = 14 −7 9 −1 2 −1 3. see [10] and [11].2222 -0.2222 -0. 34 .3: Matrix functions 3.1111 which is similar to: A−1 and the determinant of A is >> det(A) ans = 27 For further details on applied numerical linear algebra.2. >> inv(A) ans = -1.

Therefore. If needed. corrections or changes can be made to the commands in the ﬁle. M-ﬁles can be scripts that simply execute a series of MATLAB statements. The ﬁles that are used for this purpose are called script ﬁles or scripts for short. to create a ﬁle with a list of commands. save the ﬁle. This section covers the following topics: • M-File Scripts • M-File Functions 4. Script ﬁles have a ﬁlename extension .m and are often called M-ﬁles. run the ﬁle.1 Introduction So far in these lab sessions. 35 .2 M-File Scripts A script ﬁle is an external ﬁle that contains a sequence of MATLAB statements. The problem is that the commands entered in the Command Window cannot be saved and executed again for several times. and 3. a diﬀerent way of executing repeatedly commands with MATLAB is: 1. or they can be functions that can accept arguments and can produce one or more outputs. 2. all the commands were executed in the Command Window.Chapter 4 Introduction to programming in MATLAB 4.

1 Examples Here are two simple scripts. There is another way to open the editor: 36 . enter whos at the command prompt.5000 1. To see a listing of them. Solution: • Use the MATLAB editor to create a ﬁle: File → New → M-ﬁle. Note: The MATLAB editor is both a text editor specialized for creating M-ﬁles and a graphical MATLAB debugger. viewing.m. example1. and debugging. for example. 2 3 3]. The MATLAB editor has numerous menus for tasks such as saving.2. • Enter the following statements in the ﬁle: A = [1 2 3. and x) remain in the workspace. x = A\b • Save the ﬁle. in the command line. 2]. the variables (A.5000 -0. b. this text editor is recommended as the tool of choice for writing and editing M-ﬁles.4. by typing: >> example1 x = -0. 1. • Run the ﬁle. Because it performs some simple checks and also uses color to diﬀerentiate between various elements of codes. Example 1 Consider the system of equations: x + 2y + 3z = 1 3x + 3y + 4z = 1 2x + 3y + 3z = 2 Find the solution x to the system of equations.5000 When execution completes. 3 3 4. b = [1.

• The execution of the script can be aﬀected by the state variables in the workspace. because scripts have some undesirable side-eﬀects.m. Here we put the commands in a ﬁle.>> edit or >> edit filename. in the interval 0 ≤ x ≤ 2π. y3 = 0. 37 .2 Script side-eﬀects All variables created in a script ﬁle are added to the workspace. This example has been presented in previous Chapter. • Create a ﬁle.m to open filename.’:’) xlabel(’0 \leq x \leq 2\pi’) ylabel(’Cosine functions’) legend(’2*cos(x)’. and y3 = 0. 4.x.y1. because: • Variables already existing in the workspace may be overwritten.y3. say example2. y1 = 2*cos(x).x. it is better to code any complicated applications using rather function M-ﬁle.2.5*cos(x).y2.’0.5*cos(x)’) title(’Typical example of multiple plots’) axis([0 2*pi -3 3]) • Run the ﬁle by typing example2 in the Command Window.’cos(x)’. plot(x.m. Example 2 Plot the following cosine functions. y1 = 2 cos(x).’-’.’--’. which contains the following commands: x = 0:pi/100:2*pi. y2 = cos(x). As a result. This may have undesirable eﬀects.5 ∗ cos(x). y2 = cos(x).

1: Anatomy of a M-File function Part no. As an example. (1) M-ﬁle element Function deﬁnition line H1 line Description Deﬁne the function name. for n = 5. >> f = factorial(5) f = 120 Table 4.1 summarizes the M-ﬁle function. functions are programs (or routines) that accept input arguments and return output arguments. In the case of function factorial.3. % Compute a factorial value. f = prod(1:n).4. and the number and order of input and output arguments A one line summary description of the program. 38 . displayed when you request Help A more detailed description of the program Program code that performs the actual computations (2) (3) (4) Help text Function body Both functions and scripts can have all of these parts. the result is. (1) (2) (3) (4) The ﬁrst line of a function M-ﬁle starts with the keyword function. separated from the MATLAB base workspace. It gives the function name and order of arguments. Each M-ﬁle function (or function or M-ﬁle for short) has its own area of workspace.3 M-File functions As mentioned earlier. except for the function deﬁnition line which applies to function only.1 Anatomy of a M-File function This simple function shows the basic parts of an M-ﬁle. 4. function f = factorial(n) % FACTORIAL(N) returns the factorial of N. there are up to one output argument and one input argument. Table 4.

m. and must be no longer than than the maximum of 63 characters.Store variables in a workspace internal to the function.2 summarizes the diﬀerences between scripts and functions.In addition.Do not accept input arguments or return output arguments. it is important to note that function name must begin with a letter. . Thus.2: Diﬀerence between scripts and functions Scripts .Are useful for automating a series of commands Functions . .m.Are useful for extending the MATLAB language for your application 39 .Can accept input arguments and return output arguments. Table 4.Store variables in a workspace that is shared with other scripts . Table 4. Furthermore. . the above example ﬁle would be factorial. the name of the text ﬁle that you save will consist of the function name with the extension .

we will focus our attention on the third one. the user is prompted to assign a value to the variable in the command prompt. The variable is deﬁned in the script ﬁle.3 illustrates some possible combinations of input and output arguments. The variable is entered when the script is executed. % % % % This script file calculates the average of points scored in three games. 1.2 Input and output arguments As mentioned above. They are used to transfer the output from the function ﬁle. This is done by using the input command. the input arguments are listed inside parentheses following the function name. 3. Table 4.h) function [h.4 Input to a script ﬁle When a script ﬁle is executed.angle) One input argument and one output argument Three inputs and one output Two inputs and two outputs 4. Table 4. The point from each game are assigned to a variable by using the ‘input’ command. Here.b.3: Example of input and output arguments function C=FtoC(F) function area=TrapArea(a.d]=motion(v. the variables that are used in the calculations within the ﬁle must have assigned values. or several output arguments.3. The output arguments are listed inside the brackets on the left side. We have already seen the two ﬁrst cases. 2. the variable is deﬁned in the script ﬁle. The assignment of a value to a variable can be done in three ways. Here is an example. one. The general form looks like this function [outputs] = function_name(inputs) Function ﬁle can have none. In this case. 40 . When the ﬁle is executed.4. game1 = input(’Enter the points scored in the first game ’). The variable is deﬁned in the command prompt.

. Two commands that are frequently used to generate output are: disp and fprintf. Simple to use.4). Table 4. MATLAB has several commands that can be used to generate displays or outputs. Provide total control over the appearance of output fprintf 41 . The main diﬀerences between these two commands can be summarized as follows (Table 4. A typical example of M-ﬁle function programming can be found in a recent paper which related to the solution of the ordinary diﬀerential equation (ODE) [12]. Provide limited control over the appearance of output . In addition to this automatic display.5 Output commands As discussed before. MATLAB automatically generates a display when commands are executed. For more information. .game2 = input(’Enter the points scored in the second game ’). see MATLAB documentation. 4.4: disp and fprintf commands disp . Slightly more complicated than disp. >> >> >> >> example3 Enter the points scored in the first game Enter the points scored in the second game Enter the points scored in the third game 15 23 10 average = 16 The input command can also be used to assign string to a variable. average = (game1+game2+game3)/3 The following shows the command prompt when this script ﬁle (saved as example3) is executed. game3 = input(’Enter the points scored in the third game ’).

How much do single pieces of each fruit cost? 2. Liz buys three apples.15 in. Bob buys a dozen apples and two cantaloupe for $5. Carol buys two bananas and three cantaloupe for $2. person who weight 180 lb.) and weight in pounds (lb). with two input and two output arguments that determines the height in centimeters (cm) and mass in kilograms (kg)of a person from his height in inches (in. Write a function ﬁle that converts temperature in degrees Fahrenheit (◦ F) to degrees Centigrade (◦ C).36.26.6 Exercises 1.77. (a) Determine in SI units the height and mass of a 5 ft. 42 .4. Write a user-deﬁned MATLAB function. Recall the conversion formulation. Use input and fprintf commands to display a mix of text and numbers. and one cantaloupe for $2. 3. (b) Determine your own height and weight in SI units. a dozen bananas. C = 5/9 ∗ (F − 32).

and you can add your own using m-ﬁles. 5. Control ﬂow structures are often used in script M-ﬁles and function M-ﬁles. the while loop. 5.Chapter 5 Control ﬂow and operators 5. In a simple program as shown in the previous Chapter.. and the switch statement. end else .1 The ‘‘if. and if-else-end constructions.. By creating a ﬁle with the extension ..2 Control ﬂow MATLAB has four control ﬂow structures: the if statement.. MATLAB has thousand of functions.end’’ structure MATLAB supports the variants of “if” construct. We do not need to compile the program since MATLAB is an interpretative (not compiled) language.m. the commands are executed one after the other. These decision making or control ﬂow structures include for loops. the for loop. while loops.. end 43 .. MATLAB provides several tools that can be used to control the ﬂow of a program (script or function). Like other computer programming languages. Here we introduce the ﬂow control structure that make possible to skip commands or to execute speciﬁc group of commands. we can easily write and run programs. • if ..1 Introduction MATLAB is also a programming language.2.. MATLAB has some decision making structures for control of command execution. • if .

but facilitate the reading. else disp(’Roots are real. but may be repeated’) end discr = b*b .4*a*c.. end discr = b*b .. roots are imaginary’). 1. if discr < 0 disp(’Warning: discriminant is negative. end • indentation of if block is not required. if discr < 0 disp(’Warning: discriminant is negative. else . 3.• if . elseif discr == 0 disp(’Discriminant is zero... • the end statement is required 44 . roots are imaginary’). if discr < 0 disp(’Warning: discriminant is negative. else..4*a*c. elseif . end The simplest form of the if statement is if expression statements end Here are some examples based on the familiar quadratic formula. It should be noted that: • elseif has no space between else and if (one word) • no semicolon (. discr = b*b .) is needed at the end of lines containing if.4*a*c. roots are imaginary’).. roots are repeated’) else disp(’Roots are real’) end 2.

Table 5. in which case indentation helps to improve the readability. especially when they are nested. 5.end’’ loop In the for .2. The syntax is for variable = expression statements end Usually.2.2 Relational and logical operators A relational operator compares two numbers by determining whether a comparison is true or false.3 The ‘‘for. end loop. Multiple for loops can be nested. The following statements form the 5-by-5 symmetric matrix A with (i. the execution of a command is repeated at a ﬁxed and predetermined number of times... since = is reserved for the assignment operator. expression is a vector of the form i:s:j.1: Relational and logical operators Operator Description > < >= <= == ∼= & | ∼ Greater than Less than Greater than or equal to Less than or equal to Equal to Not equal to AND operator OR operator NOT operator Note that the “equal to” relational operator consists of two equal signs (==) (with no space between them).1. A simple example of for loop is for ii=1:5 x=ii*ii end It is a good idea to indent the loops for readability. j) element i/j for j ≥ i: 45 ... Relational operators are shown in Table 5.5. Note that MATLAB editor does it automatically.

• The continue statement can also be used to exit a for loop to pass immediately to the next iteration of the loop.. we can stop the execution by pressing Ctrl-C. 5.4 The ‘‘while.i)=i/j. The break statement can also be used to exit a for loop. continue. A = eye(n).j)=i/j. which passes control to the ﬁrst statement after the corresponding end.n = 5. A(j.. The looping continues until a stated condition is satisﬁed.2. consul MATLAB documentation. 46 . The while loop has the form: while expression statements end The statements are executed as long as expression is true.5 Other ﬂow structures • The break statement. for j=2:n for i=1:j-1 A(i. If this happens. switch. • Other control statements include return. x = 1 while x <= 10 x = 3*x end It is important to note that if the condition inside the looping is not well deﬁned. end end 5. the looping will continue indeﬁnitely. For more detail about these commands.end’’ loop This loop is used when the number of passes is not speciﬁed. etc. skipping the remaining statements in the loop.2. A while loop can be terminated with the break statement.

6 Operator precedence We can build expressions that use any combination of arithmetic. the command fprintf can be used for writing the output to a ﬁle. not equal to (∼=) Element-wise AND. matrix left division (\) Addition (+). unary minus (−). To save the results of some computation to a ﬁle in a text format requires the following steps: 1.2: Operator precedence Precedence 1 2 3 4 Operator Parentheses () Transpose (. (|) 5 6 7 8 9 5. ordered from highest (1) to lowest (9) precedence level. power (. (&) Element-wise OR. /). The precedence rules for MATLAB are shown in this list (Table 5. The saved data can subsequently be used by MATLAB or other softwares. greater (>). matrix right division (/). matrix multiplication (∗). Table 5. Precedence rules determine the order in which MATLAB evaluates an expression. less than or equal to (≤). left division (.5. relational. ∗).3 Saving output to a ﬁle In addition to displaying output on the screen. We have already seen this in the “Tutorial Lessons”. logical negation (∼) Multiplication (. Close the ﬁle using fclose Here is an example (script) of its use. Open a ﬁle using fopen 2. Write the output using fprintf 3.\). Operators are evaluated from left to right. equal to (==). 47 . right division (. greater than or equal to (≥).2.ˆ). matrix power (ˆ) Unary plus (+). and logical operators. Here we add other operators in the list. ).2). subtraction (−) Colon operator (:) Less than (<).

% write some variable length strings to a file op = fopen(’weekdays. 5. fprintf(op. fclose(op). fprintf(op.’Thursday\nFriday\nSaturday\n’). 48 .txt’. This ﬁle (weekdays. the problems are temporarily removed from this section.txt ﬁle.txt) can be opened with any program that can read .’Sunday\nMonday\nTuesday\nWednesday\n’).’wt’).4 Exercises Note: Due to the teaching class during this Fall Quarter 2005.

For example omitting a parenthesis or misspelling a function name. Debugging helps to correct two kind of errors: • Syntax errors .Chapter 6 Debugging M-ﬁles 6. Debugging is the process by which you isolate and ﬁx errors in your program or code. The debugging process consists of • Preparing for debugging • Setting breakpoints • Running an M-ﬁle with breakpoints • Stepping through an M-ﬁle • Examining values • Correcting problems • Ending debugging 49 .Run-time errors are usually apparent and diﬃcult to track down.1 Introduction This section introduces general techniques for ﬁnding errors in M-ﬁles. 6. • Run-time errors .2 Debugging process We can debug the M-ﬁles using the Editor/Debugger as well as using debugging functions from the Command Window. They produce unexpected results.

so we can examine where the problem might be. Running the M-ﬁle results in the following: • The prompt in the Command Window changes to K>> indicating that MATLAB is in debug mode. NaN. run the M-ﬁle from the Editor/Debugger or from the Command Window. • The program pauses at the ﬁrst breakpoint.2. step through programs.3 Running with breakpoints After setting breakpoints.2. • In breakpoint.2. This means that line will be executed when you continue. which stops at a speciﬁed line and under speciﬁed conditions. or inﬁnite value. 6. we can examine variable. The pause is indicated by the green arrow. 6.1 Preparing for debugging Here we use the Editor/Debugger for debugging. running an M-ﬁle. and run other calling functions. which stops at a speciﬁed line. • A conditional breakpoint. You cannot set breakpoints while MATLAB is busy. Do the following to prepare for debugging: • Open the ﬁle • Save changes • Be sure the ﬁle you run and any ﬁles it calls are in the directories that are on the search path. • An error breakpoint that stops when it produces the speciﬁed type of warning.2 Setting breakpoints Set breakpoints to pause execution of the function. error. 50 .6. for example. There are three basic types of breakpoints: • A standard breakpoint.

you can get unexpected results when you run the ﬁle. Viewing values as datatips First.7 Correcting an M-ﬁle To correct errors in an M-ﬁle. contains an error.6 Ending debugging After identifying a problem. 6. Examine values when we want to see whether a line of code has produced the expected result or not. the current workspace is shown in the Stack ﬁeld. click in the line and then move the cursor next to the variable. step to the next line. end the debugging session. Its current value appears. While the program is paused. select Exit Debug Mode from the Debug menu. When we run a program. Then continue running and stepping through the program. This is called a datatip. If the result is as expected.2. which is like a tooltip for data. • Quit debugging • Do not make changes to an M-ﬁle while MATLAB is in debug mode • Make changes to the M-ﬁle • Save the M-ﬁle • Clear breakpoints 51 . It is best to quit debug mode before editing an M-ﬁle. we can view the value of any variable currently in the workspace. Use who or whos to list the variables in the current workspace. assign a new value to the variable in the Command Window.2. 6. Workspace browser.2. and continue running. 6. then that line. Otherwise.4 Examining values While the program is paused. we can change the value of a variable to see if the new value produces expected results. To end debugging. If the result is not as expected. or the previous line.5 Correcting and ending debugging While debugging.2. we position the cursor to the left of a variable on that line.6. or Array Editor. If you have trouble getting the datatip to appear.

52 .• Run the M-ﬁle again to be sure it produces the expected results. For details on debugging process. see MATLAB documentation.

creates vectors with equally spaced elements Semi-colon.. encloses matrix elements and output arguments 53 . encloses elements of arrays and input arguments Brackets. . . denotes a comment..1: Arithmetic operators and special characters Character + − ∗ / ˆ : . % = () [] Description Addition Subtraction Multiplication (scalar and array) Division (right) Power or exponentiation Colon. ends row in array Comma. speciﬁes output format Single quote.Appendix A Summary of commands Table A. speciﬁes matrix transpose Assignment operator Parentheses. suppresses display. separates array subscripts Continuation of lines Percent. creates string.

2: Array operators Character ./ .3: Relational and logical operators Character < ≤ > ≥ == ∼= & | && || Description Less than Less than or equal to Greater than Greater than or equal to Equal to Not equal to Logical or element-wise AND Logical or element-wise OR Short-circuit AND Short-circuit OR 54 . Description Array Array Array Array Array multiplication (right) division power (left) division (nonconjugated) transpose Table A.Table A.ˆ .∗ .\ .

.) 55 .14159 .Table A.5: Predeﬁned variables and math constants Variable ans eps i Inf eps j NaN pi Description Value of last variable (answer) Floating-point relative accuracy Imaginary unit of a complex number Inﬁnity (∞) Floating-point relative accuracy Imaginary unit of a complex number Not a number The number π (3. .4: Managing workspace and ﬁle commands Command cd clc clear (all) clear x copyfile delete dir exist help lookfor mkdir movefile pwd rmdir type what which who whos Description Change current directory Clear the Command Window Removes all variables from the workspace Remove x from the workspace Copy ﬁle or directory Delete ﬁles Display directory listing Check if variables or functions are deﬁned Display help for MATLAB functions Search for speciﬁed word in all help entries Make new directory Move ﬁle or directory Identify current directory Remove directory Display contents of ﬁle List MATLAB ﬁles in current directory Locate functions and ﬁles Display variables currently in the workspace Display information on variables in the workspace Table A.

7: Arrays and Matrices: Basic information Command disp isempty isequal length ndims numel size Description Display text or array Determine if input is empty matrix Test arrays for equality Length of vector Number of dimensions Number of elements Size of matrix Table A.8: Arrays and Matrices: operations and manipulation Command cross diag dot end find kron max min prod reshape sort sum size Description Vector cross product Diagonal matrices and diagonals of matrix Vector dot product Indicate last index of array Find indices of nonzero elements Kronecker tensor product Maximum value of array Minimum value of array Product of array elements Reshape array Sort array elements Sum of array elements Size of matrix 56 .Table A.6: Elementary matrices and arrays Command eye linspace ones rand zeros Description Identity matrix Generate linearly space vectors Create array of all ones Uniformly distributed random numbers and arrays Create array of all zeros Table A.

Table A.9: Arrays and Matrices: matrix analysis and linear equations Command cond det inv linsolve lu norm null orth rank rref trace Description Condition number with respect to inversion Determinant Matrix inverse Solve linear system of equations LU factorization Matrix or vector norm Null space Orthogonalization Matrix rank Reduced row echelon form Sum of diagonal elements 57 .

The right-hand side must literally be the empty matrix [ ].5. but instead provides a brief introduction to each of them. A(:. you will typically get a mystifying message saying that A was previously used as a variable. as shown here: rhs = [].5 (b) Or. For full details. RHS empty matrix .5 2. you should refer to the MATLAB documentation (Release Notes). There are two workarounds: (a) Remove all the spaces: A*.For example: A* .Appendix B Release notes for Release 14 with Service Pack 2 B.1 Summary of changes MATLAB 7 Release 14 with Service Pack 2 (R14SP2) includes several new features.2) = rhs ??? Subscripted assignment dimension mismatch 58 . The major focus of R14SP2 is on improving the quality of the product. Spaces before numbers . It cannot be a variable that has the value [ ]. This document doesn’t attempt to provide a complete speciﬁcation of every single feature. The following key points may be relevant: 1. put a zero in front of the dot: A * 0.

Publishing .epsc2 extension. Debugging .eps instead of an .0) but was not documented. Help .We can display MATLAB output using two new formats: short eng and long eng. 59 . • The Publish image options in Editor/Debugger preferences for Publishing Images have changed slightly.Go directly to a subfunction or using the enhanced Go To dialog box. JPEG-ﬁles now have a . 6. Use the MathWorks Web site search features to look for the latest information.jpeg extension.3. and EPSC2ﬁles now have an . use >> help function_name>subfunction_name In previous versions. • Notebook will no longer support Microsoft Word 97 starting in the next release of MATLAB. New format option . >> format short eng >> pi ans = 3.Publishing to L TEXnow respects the image ﬁle type you specify in preferences rather than always using EPSC2-ﬁles.jpg instead of a .To get help for a subfunction. >> format long eng >> pi ans = 3. The changes prevent you from choosing invalid formats.14159265358979e+000 4. • short eng – Displays output in engineering format that has at least 5 digits and a power that is a multiple of three.1416e+000 • long eng – Displays output in engineering format that has 16 signiﬁcant digits and a power that is a multiple of three. For example. Click the Name column header to arrange the list of function alphabetically. • The ﬁles created when publishing using cells now have more natural extensions. the syntax was >> help function_name/subfunction_name This change was introduced in R14 (MATLAB 7. A 5. or click the Line column header to arrange the list by the position of the functions in the ﬁle.

All appear as panes in a single window. 6. 4. line styles. These are common mistakes in EA1 which produce runnable but ineﬃcient code. B.. and it may not work with the comments used in functions to interact with the help system (like the H1 line). Functions now optionally end with the end keyword. 2. each of which you can run separately. 5. 60 .B. The format is %{ Stuff you want MATLAB to ignore.. help browser. This may be useful for testing/debugging code. it will tell you if you’ve deﬁned a variable you’ve never used. There is a new function linsolve which will solve Ax = b but with the user’s choice of algorithm.3 Further details 1. You can customize ﬁgure interactively (labels. You can dock and un-dock windows from the main window by clicking on an icon.) and then automatically generate the code which reproduces the customized ﬁgure. etc.2 Other changes 1. The eps constant now takes an optional argument. %} The delimiters %{ and %} must appear on lines by themselves. You can break an M-ﬁle up into named cells (blocks of code). Thus you can choose to have all Figures. There is a new command mlint. This keyword is mandatory when working with nested functions. For example. 3. 2. eps(x) is the same as the old eps*abs(x). etc. This is in addition to left division x = A\b which uses a default algorithm. Error messages in the command window resulting from running an M-ﬁle now include a clickable link to the oﬀending line in the editor window containing the M-ﬁle. 3. which will scan an M-ﬁle and show ineﬃciencies in the code. if you’ve failed to pre-allocate an array. You can comment-out a block of code without putting % at the beginning of each line. command window. etc. M-ﬁles being edited.

g. but still works for backward compatibility. x(pi) will produce sin(pi) just like feval(x. 5. There is more support in arithmetic operations for numeric data types other than double. You can use function handles to create anonymous functions.edu/matlab/ 61 .mccormick. This is in addition to sub-functions already available in version 6. functions deﬁned within the body of another function. single. please visit our webpage for other details: http://computing. namely. feval is no longer needed when working with function handles. but faster. Finally. x=@sin.northwestern. 7.5. For example. int16.4. There is support for nested functions. uint32. uint8.pi) does. int8. etc. 6. e.

three other men played important roles in the origins of MATLAB: J. Wilkinson. H. George Forsythe. It has been designed to supersede LINPACK and EISPACK.1 History • Developed primarily by Cleve Moler in the 1970’s • Derived from FORTRAN subroutines LINPACK and EISPACK. • Developed primarily as an interactive system to access LINPACK and EISPACK. • Gained its popularity through word of mouth. and Cleve Moler. Since then another package emerged: LAPACK. linear and eigenvalue systems. LAPACK stands for Linear Algebra Package. which include plotting routines. because it was not oﬃcially distributed.Appendix C Main characteristics of MATLAB C. • The MathWorks Inc. According to Cleve Moler. Jim Bunch. C. • Rewritten in C in the 1980’s with more functionality. Pete Steward.2 Strengths • MATLAB may behave as a calculator or as a programming language • MATLAB combine nicely calculation and graphic plotting. • MATLAB is relatively easy to learn 62 . was created (1984) to market and continue development of MATLAB. and John Todd. It is also interesting to mention the authors of LINPACK: Jack Dongara.

Most of them do not have a direct equivalent with other programming language commands C. errors are easy to ﬁx • MATLAB is optimized to be relatively fast when performing matrix operations • MATLAB does have some object-oriented elements C.4 Competition • One of MATLAB’s competitors is Mathematica. C++. or FORTRAN • MATLAB is designed for scientiﬁc computing. It is frequently used in engineering community. making it popular among physicists. • Mathematica has superior symbolic manipulation. • There are other competitors: – Scilab – GNU Octave – Rlab 63 . and is not well suitable for other applications • MATLAB is an interpreted language.• MATLAB is interpreted (not compiled).3 Weaknesses • MATLAB is not a general purpose programming language such as C. slower than a compiled language such as C++ • MATLAB commands are speciﬁc for MATLAB usage. • MATLAB is more convenient for numerical analysis and linear algebra. the symbolic computation program.

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