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- 1.1 Introduction
- 1.2 Basic features
- 1.3 A minimum MATLAB session
- 1.3.1 Starting MATLAB
- 1.3.2 Using MATLAB as a calculator
- 1.3.3 Quitting MATLAB
- 1.4 Getting started
- 1.4.1 Creating MATLAB variables
- 1.4.2 Overwriting variable
- 1.4.3 Error messages
- 1.4.4 Making corrections
- 1.4.5 Controlling the hierarchy of operations or precedence
- 1.4.6 Controlling the appearance of ﬂoating point number
- 1.4.7 Managing the workspace
- 1.4.8 Keeping track of your work session
- 1.4.9 Entering multiple statements per line
- 1.4.10 Miscellaneous commands
- 1.4.11 Getting help
- 1.5 Exercises
- 2.1 Mathematical functions
- 2.1.1 Examples
- 2.2 Basic plotting
- 2.2.1 overview
- 2.2.2 Creating simple plots
- 2.2.3 Adding titles, axis labels, and annotations
- 2.2.4 Multiple data sets in one plot
- 2.2.5 Specifying line styles and colors
- 2.3 Exercises
- 2.4 Introduction
- 2.5 Matrix generation
- 2.5.1 Entering a vector
- 2.5.2 Entering a matrix
- 2.5.3 Matrix indexing
- 2.5.4 Colon operator
- 2.5.5 Linear spacing
- 2.5.6 Colon operator in a matrix
- 2.5.7 Creating a sub-matrix
- 2.5.8 Deleting row or column
- 2.5.9 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
- 3.1 Array operations
- 3.1.1 Matrix arithmetic operations
- 3.1.2 Array arithmetic operations
- 3.2 Solving linear equations
- 3.2.1 Matrix inverse
- 3.2.2 Matrix functions
- 3.3 Exercises
- Introduction to programming in
- 4.1 Introduction
- 4.2 M-File Scripts
- 4.2.1 Examples
- 4.2.2 Script side-eﬀects
- 4.3 M-File functions
- 4.3.1 Anatomy of a M-File function
- 4.3.2 Input and output arguments
- 4.4 Input to a script ﬁle
- 4.5 Output commands
- 4.6 Exercises
- Control ﬂow and operators
- 5.1 Introduction
- 5.2 Control ﬂow
- 5.2.1 The ‘‘if...end’’ structure
- 5.2.2 Relational and logical operators
- 5.2.3 The ‘‘for...end’’ loop
- 5.2.4 The ‘‘while...end’’ loop
- 5.2.5 Other ﬂow structures
- 5.2.6 Operator precedence
- 5.3 Saving output to a ﬁle
- 5.4 Exercises
- Debugging M-ﬁles
- 6.1 Introduction
- 6.2 Debugging process
- 6.2.1 Preparing for debugging
- 6.2.2 Setting breakpoints
- B.1 Summary of changes
- B.2 Other changes
- B.3 Further details
- C.1 History
- C.2 Strengths
- C.3 Weaknesses
- C.4 Competition

**David Houcque Northwestern University
**

(version 1.2, August 2005)

Contents

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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

14 14 14 15 16 17 18 19 19 19 20 21 22 22 22 23 25 25 26 26 26 27 28 29 30 30 30 30 32 33

2.3 2.4 2.5

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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. . . . .4 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3. .1 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 4. . . . . . . . . .2 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .end’’ structure . Exercises . . . . .1 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . Saving output to a ﬁle . . .. . . .2 Introduction . . . . . . . . 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2. . . . . . . Setting breakpoints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2. M-File Scripts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Matrix functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Preparing for debugging . . . . . . . . . . .2. . . .. . . . . . . . . .3 5.2. . . . .2. . . . . . . . . . . Script side-eﬀects . . . . . . . .2. . . . . . Input and output arguments . . . . . . .1 5. . . 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Introduction to programming in MATLAB 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 The ‘‘if. . . . . . . . . . .end’’ loop . . . . . . . . . 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Other ﬂow structures . . Relational and logical operators . . . .2.3. . .3 5. . . . . . . . . . iii . . . . . . . . .5 4. The ‘‘while. . . . . .1 5.6 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . M-File functions . . . . . . . . .2 3. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .end’’ loop . . ..2. . . .2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Debugging M-ﬁles 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 4. . . . . . . . Debugging process . . . Control ﬂow . . . . . . The ‘‘for. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 4. . . . . . . . . . . . Input to a script ﬁle . . . . . . . . . . . Exercises . .1 6. . . . .5 5. . . . . . . . . . 5 Control ﬂow and operators 5. . . . . . . . . .2. . . . . . .4 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Operator precedence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ..2 4. . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 6. . Output commands . . . . . .6 Examples . . . . . . . . . . . Anatomy of a M-File function . . . . . .3. . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C. . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Summary of changes . . . Ending debugging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iv .6. . . . . Examining values . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 6. . . . . . . . .7 Running with breakpoints . . . . . .5 6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2. . . C Main characteristics of MATLAB C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2. . . B. . . . . . . . . . . Correcting an M-ﬁle . . .6 6. . . . . . . . . .3 Further details . . . . . . .1 History . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Other changes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Strengths . . . . . . . . . .2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2. . . .4 6. . . . . . C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2.3 Weaknesses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Correcting and ending debugging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C. .4 Competition . . . . . . . . . B. . . . . . 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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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

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

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

The lab document is designed to be used by the students while working at the computer. Instead. can also be found in Appendix. Although. 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. in which they will be useful for the upcoming engineering courses..deserve my special gratitude. We assume that the students have no prior experience with MATLAB. the students . The release notes. engineering students will see MATLAB in their other courses.Engineering Analysis (EA) Section . In addition. MATLAB) to solve application problems.g. 2 Engineering First R is a registered trademark of McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science (Northwestern University) 1 viii . it focuses on the speciﬁc features of MATLAB that are useful for engineering classes. but also an introduction to scientiﬁc computing. Inc. 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. The seven lab sessions include not only the basic concepts of MATLAB. well known as R14SP2. This document is not a comprehensive introduction or a reference manual. most of the examples and exercises still work with previous releases as well. 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. David Houcque Evanston. The lab sessions are used with one main goal: to allow students to become familiar with computer software (e. This availability also provides an opportunity to easily conduct numerical experiments and to tackle realistic and more complicated problems. the manual is divided into computer laboratory sessions (labs). 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. Originally. It is used for freshmen classes at Northwestern University. Finally. Illinois August 2005 MATLAB R is a registered trademark of MathWorks. They were very active participants in class.Preface “Introduction to MATLAB for Engineering Students” is a document for an introductory course in MATLAB R 1 and technical computing. 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). The emphasis here is “learning by doing”.

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

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

a special window called the MATLAB desktop appears.4) on your Windows desktop. When you start MATLAB. [7]. [3].0. 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 . and [9]. [5].3.recommend the following books: [2]. 1. The lessons are intended to make you familiar with the basics of MATLAB. [6]. [4].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. 1.1 Starting MATLAB After logging into your account. you can enter MATLAB by double-clicking on the MATLAB shortcut icon (MATLAB 7. The desktop is a window that contains other windows. We urge you to complete the exercises given at the end of each lesson. the following tutorial lessons are designed to get you started quickly in MATLAB. They are excellent in their speciﬁc applications.2 Basic features As we mentioned earlier. [8].

1: The graphical interface to the MATLAB workspace 3 .Figure 1.

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

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

1. For example.3 Error messages If we enter an expression incorrectly. A previously typed command can be recalled with the up-arrow key ↑. *. MATLAB will return an error message. But if the expression is lengthy. if you do not wish to see the intermediate results.4.2 Overwriting variable Once a variable has been created.4. For example. 1. we can. Then the sequence of commands looks like this: >> t = 5. we make more mistakes by typing a second time. but now we will include parentheses. When the command is displayed at the command prompt. 1. it can be modiﬁed if needed and executed. you can suppress the numerical output by putting a semicolon (. in the following. of course retype the expressions.5 Controlling the hierarchy of operations or precedence Let’s consider the previous arithmetic operation.) at the end of the line. >> t = t+1 t = 6 1.4. in the following expression >> x = 10. from previous example 6 . we left out the multiplication sign. it can be reassigned. >> 5x ??? 5x | Error: Unexpected MATLAB expression. In addition. 1 + 2 × 3 will become (1 + 2) × 3 >> (1+2)*3 ans = 9 and.4 Making corrections To make corrections.4.

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

as shown in above examples. it is a good idea to issue a clear command at the start of each new independent calculation.Up to now. Sometimes this is not quite useful.So here what we get: two diﬀerent results. The command format controls how the results of computations are displayed. which is 15 digits. To avoid this possibility. or simply format. For example. For more details. or type help format. simply enter a semicolon (. and then ask about the value of x by typing.6 Controlling the appearance of ﬂoating point number MATLAB by default displays only 4 decimals in the result of the calculations. There are several other formats.6667 1. we want to emphasize the importance of precedence rule in order to avoid ambiguity. However. 8 .4. Therefore.7 Managing the workspace The contents of the workspace persist between the executions of separate commands. >> x x = -163. Here are some examples of the diﬀerent formats together with the resulting outputs. MATLAB does numerical calculations in double precision. >> format short >> x=-163. for example −163.6667. Note .6667 If we want to see all 15 digits. Therefore. it is possible for the results of one problem to have an eﬀect on the next one. we use the command format long >> format long >> x= -1. To prevent MATLAB from echoing what we type.) at the end of the command. we have let MATLAB repeat everything that we enter at the prompt (>>).6667.636666666666667e+002 To return to the standard format. in particular when the output is pages en length.4. enter format short. >> x=-163. 1. see the MATLAB documentation.

This command is useful. whos will give more details which include size.>> clear The command clear or clear all removes all variables from the workspace. space allocation.8 Keeping track of your work session It is possible to keep track of everything done during a MATLAB session with the diary command. 1. or to add your comments. Use commas (. The function diary is useful if you want to save a complete MATLAB session. You can use the function type to view the diary ﬁle or you can edit in a text editor or print. It can be opened by an editor or a word processing program and edited to remove extraneous material. c=cosh(a) b = 0. The ﬁle that is created is a simple text ﬁle. >> diary FileName where FileName could be any arbitrary name you choose. >> diary or give a name to a created ﬁle.9 Entering multiple statements per line It is possible to enter multiple statements per line. Commas (. This frees up system memory. 1.) or semicolons (. enter diary off.4. When you want to stop the recording. for example in the process of preparing a homework or lab submission. enter diary on.3170 9 . They save all input and output as they appear in the MATLAB window.6570 c = 548.) to enter more than one statement at once. and class of the variables. type >> who while.4. >> a=7. In order to display a list of the variables currently in the memory. b=cos(a). If you want to start recording again.) allow multiple statements per line without suppressing output.

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

The general form is >> lookfor FunctionName 1. the problems are temporarily removed from this section.• Use lookfor to ﬁnd functions by keywords. 11 .5 Exercises Note: Due to the teaching class during this Fall 2005.

and log respectively in MATLAB. These functions are called built-ins. ln(x). Table 2. or matrices. are evaluated by the functions sin. Table 2. tan. Typing help elfun and help specfun calls up full lists of elementary and special functions respectively. cos(x).1 lists some commonly used functions. such as sin(x). tan(x). cos.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.Chapter 2 Tutorial lessons 2 2. vectors. ex .1 Mathematical functions MATLAB oﬀers many predeﬁned mathematical functions for technical computing which contains a large set of mathematical functions. where variables x and y can be numbers. Many standard mathematical functions. There is a long list of mathematical functions that are built into MATLAB. exp. MATLAB includes a number of predeﬁned 12 .

∞ Not a number 2. √ As a ﬁrst example.9558 >> log10(142) ans = 2. √ The imaginary unit i. >> y = exp(-a)*sin(x)+10*sqrt(y) y = 28.14159 . x = 2.2904 The subsequent examples are >> log(142) ans = 4. >> sin(pi/4) ans = 0. . and y = 8 is computed by >> a = 5.2026e+004 13 . for a = 5. A list of the most common values is given in Table 2.2. x = 2. π = 3. −1 The inﬁnity.7071 >> exp(10) ans = 2. the value of the expression y = e−a sin(x) + 10 y.2: Predeﬁned constant values pi i.1523 Note the diﬀerence between the natural logarithm log(x) and the decimal logarithm (base 10) log10(x). y = 8.1. To calculate sin(π/4) and e10 . we enter the following commands in MATLAB. .j Inf NaN The π number.1 Examples We illustrate here some typical examples which related to the elementary functions previously deﬁned. Table 2.constant values.

yi ). for example in 2D. 2. However.2. it is suggested to use instead ii or jj as loop indices. 3. . 4. 6) and y = (3. 2. n and then join them by straight lines. Reassigning the value to a built-in function can create problems. >> y = [3 -1 2 4 5 1].2 2. If we specify two vectors. √ • There are some exceptions. For example.Notes: • Only use built-in functions on the right hand side of an expression. x and y are both row arrays or column arrays of the same length. then compute the sine of these values. • To avoid any possible confusion. i and j are pre-assigned to −1. . with i = 1. locate the points (xi . −1. we ﬁrst create a vector of x values ranging from 0 to 2π. xN ). 2π]. y = (y1 . Trying to understand mathematical equations with graphics is an enjoyable and very eﬃcient way of learning mathematics. namely. as mentioned above. . . 4. . The MATLAB command to plot a graph is plot(x. . . 2. You need to prepare x and y in an identical array form. yN ). is to take a vector of xcoordinates. 5. plot(x. Being able to plot mathematical functions and data freely is the most important step. You are highly encouraged to plot mathematical functions and results of analysis as often as possible. For example. and a vector of y-coordinates. Plotting a given data set or the results of computation is possible with very few commands.2 Creating simple plots The basic MATLAB graphing procedure.1. . >> plot(x. . x = (x1 . and ﬁnally plot the result: 14 . .y). 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.1 Basic plotting overview MATLAB has an excellent set of graphic tools. one or both of i or j are often used as loop indices. The vectors x = (1.y) produces a graph of y versus x. and this section is written to assist you to do just that. . 2. 5.2. . to plot the function sin (x) on the interval [0. 1) produce the picture shown in Figure 2. 2. >> x = [1 2 3 4 5 6].y) Note: The plot functions has diﬀerent forms depending on the input arguments.

For example. add an x. >> y = sin(x). – takes steps (or increments) of π/100. – stops when 2π is reached. using the graph from the previous example.2.3 Adding titles. axis labels.5 4 3 2 1 0 −1 1 2 3 4 5 6 Figure 2. Now label the axes and add a title. MATLAB automatically increments by 1. 2.1: Plot for the vectors x and y >> x = 0:pi/100:2*pi. The character \pi creates the symbol π.2. • If you omit the increment.and y-axis labels. >> plot(x. 15 .y) Notes: • 0:pi/100:2*pi yields a vector that – starts at 0. and annotations MATLAB enables you to add axis labels and titles. An example of 2D plot is shown in Figure 2.

but other colors are possible.’0. For example.y3.4 −0. The desired color is indicated by a third argument. y) pairs arguments create multiple graphs with a single call to plot. red is selected by plot(x.6 −0. Note the single quotes.x.8 0.’r’).Plot of the Sine function 1 0. y3 = 0.2 Sine of x 0 −0. y2 = cos(x).4 Multiple data sets in one plot Multiple (x.’:’) xlabel(’0 \leq x \leq 2\pi’) ylabel(’Cosine functions’) legend(’2*cos(x)’. 2.6 0.y.4 0.’--’.2. For example. y2 = cos(x).y1. >> >> >> >> >> >> >> >> x = 0:pi/100:2*pi.x.5 ∗ cos(x). blue. these statements plot three related functions of x: y1 = 2 cos(x).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. around r.’cos(x)’. y1 = 2*cos(x).y2.8 −1 0 1 2 3 x = 0:2π 4 5 6 7 Figure 2. and y3 = 0. by default. in the interval 0 ≤ x ≤ 2π.5*cos(x)’) 16 .’-’. ’ ’.5*cos(x).2 −0. plot(x.

17 .3. type help plot or doc plot. . and markers (e.>> 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. To ﬁnd additional information..5 Specifying line styles and colors It is possible to specify line styles. . However.’style_color_marker’) where style_color_marker is a triplet of values from Table 2. ) using the plot command: plot(x. MATLAB uses line style and color to distinguish the data sets plotted in the graph.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. plus signs. you can change the appearance of these graphic components or add annotations to the graph to help explain your data for presentation. . 2. colors.2.g. circles.3: Typical example of multiple plots By default.3.y.

Table 2. the problems are temporarily removed from this section.3 Exercises Note: Due to the teaching class during this Fall Quarter 2005. 18 . none Solid Dashed Dotted Dash-dot No line Symbol Marker + o ∗ . × s d Plus sign Circle Asterisk Point Cross Square Diamond 2.3: Attributes for plot Symbol Color k r b g c m y Black Red Blue Green Cyan Magenta Yellow Symbol Line Style − −− : −.

5 Matrix generation Matrices are fundamental to MATLAB.4 Introduction Matrices are the basic elements of the MATLAB environment. 2. For example. the inverse of a matrix. type >> v = [1 4 7 10 13] v = 1 4 7 10 13 Column vectors are created in a similar way. an array of dimension 1 × n is called a row vector. whereas an array of dimension m × 1 is called a column vector. MATLAB supports two types of operations. v. The elements of vectors in MATLAB are enclosed by square brackets and are separated by spaces or by commas. 19 . Matrices can be generated in several ways.) must separate the components of a column vector. The transpose operation is denoted by an apostrophe or a single quote (’). Therefore. however. The purpose of this section is to show how to create vectors and matrices in MATLAB.10. A matrix is a two-dimensional array consisting of m rows and n columns. 2. Matrix operations will be discussed ﬁrst. to enter a row vector.5. a row vector is converted to a column vector using the transpose operator.1 Entering a vector A vector is a special case of a matrix. determinants. and matrix manipulation. known as matrix operations and array operations.7.2. As discussed earlier. >> w = [1.4. In this section we will illustrate how to apply diﬀerent operations on matrices. The following topics are discussed: vectors and matrices in MATLAB. semicolon (.13] w = 1 4 7 10 13 On the other hand. Special cases are column vectors (n = 1) and row vectors (m = 1). we need to become familiar with matrix generation and manipulation.

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

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. Here.3)=0.3)=9 by .3)=3.5. A(1. >> A = [1 2 3.) here is diﬀerent from their use mentioned earlier to suppress output or to write multiple commands in a single line. 7 8 9] MATLAB then displays the 3 × 3 matrix as follows.3) is an element of ﬁrst row and third column. 1 2 3 A= 4 5 6 7 8 9 type. We can refer to it simply as matrix A.1) Note that the use of semicolons (. 2.Here is a typical example. A(i. For example. 4 5 6.1) is an element located in the second row and ﬁrst column.3) = 0 A = 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 0 21 Here we substitute A(3. We can then view a particular element in a matrix by specifying its location.1) ans = 4 A(2. such as. To enter a matrix A. but now we need two indices.j) in MATLAB refers to the element Aij of matrix A. A(1. The element of row i and column j of the matrix A is denoted by A(i. The result is >> A(3. A(3. We write. Once we have entered the matrix.j). >> A(2. it is automatically stored and remembered in the Workspace. Its value is 4. Thus. Correcting any entry is easy through indexing.

1.k:l speciﬁes rows m to n and column k to l. 5). 2. For example. 2.b) generates a row vector y of 100 points linearly spaced between and including a and b. For example.5.b. Subscript expressions refer to portions of a matrix.n) generates a row vector y of n points linearly spaced between and including a and b. suppose we want to enter a vector x consisting of points (0.5 Linear spacing On the other hand. 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.2*pi.Single elements of a matrix are accessed as A(i. This is useful when we want to divide an interval into a number of subintervals of the same length. The row vector has 51 elements.3. 22 . 2. 0. · · · . Often we must deal with matrices or vectors that are too large to enter one element at a time. It occurs in several diﬀerent forms. the statement A(m:n. where i ≥ 1 and j ≥ 1. 0. but gives direct control over the number of points. y = linspace(a.j).101) divides the interval [0. For example. y = linspace(a.1:5. We can use the command >> x = 0:0. For example. then creating a vector of 101 elements.2.5. there is a command to generate linearly spaced vectors: linspace. For example. Zero or negative subscripts are not supported in MATLAB. >> theta = linspace(0. 0.5.6 Colon operator in a matrix The colon operator can also be used to pick out a certain row or column. It is similar to the colon operator (:).

:) ans = 4 5 6 is the second row elements of A. >> 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.2:3) ans = 2 3 5 6 8 0 A(:.2:3) is a sub-matrix with the last two columns of A. use the vector of row indices together with the colon operator. The colon operator can also be used to extract a sub-matrix from a matrix A. To create a vector version of matrix A.>> A(2.2)=[] ans = 1 3 4 6 7 0 2. [ ]. do the following >> B = A([2 3].[1 2]) B = 4 5 7 8 To interchange rows 1 and 2 of A.5.7 Creating a sub-matrix To extract a submatrix B consisting of rows 2 and 3 and columns 1 and 2 of the matrix A. >> C = A([2 1 3]. A row or a column of a matrix can be deleted by setting it to a null vector. >> A(:.

>> 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 .1] 2.4 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.n) ones(m.13 Matrix generators MATLAB provides functions that generates elementary matrices. Table 2.n) diag(A) rand(m.1.4: Elementary matrices eye(m. Here are some examples: 1. respectively. we can deﬁne b as >> b=[1. >> b=ones(3. type help elmat or doc elmat.5. >> eye(3) ans = 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 3.n) eye(n) zeros(m. and eye. >> c=zeros(2. ones. The matrix of zeros. and the identity matrix are returned by the functions zeros. the matrix of ones.1) b = 1 1 1 Equivalently.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.

ones(2) eye(2)] D = 1 2 0 0 3 4 0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 1 2. In addition. Two other important matrix generation functions are rand and randn.5). Table 2.5: 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 . it is important to remember that the three elementary operations of addition (+). 3 4]. we may create a matrix D as follows >> D = [C zeros(2). matrices can be constructed in a block form.0 0 0 In addition. For more information.5. see MATLAB documentation. which generate matrices of (pseudo-)random numbers using the same syntax as eye. subtraction (−). These matrices have interesting properties that make them useful for constructing examples and for testing algorithms.14 Special matrices MATLAB provides a number of special matrices (see Table 2. and multiplication (∗) apply also to matrices whenever the dimensions are compatible. With C deﬁned by C = [1 2.

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1 Array operations MATLAB has two diﬀerent types of arithmetic operations: matrix arithmetic operations and array arithmetic operations. the character pairs (. distinguishes the array operations from the matrix operations. ∗.−) are not used. 3.2 Array arithmetic operations On the other hand. since the matrix and array operations are the same for addition (+) and subtraction (−).+) and (.2.. Now. We have seen matrix arithmetic operations in the previous lab. The list of array operators is shown below in Table 3. The period character. . MATLAB allows arithmetic operations: +.Chapter 3 Array operations and Linear equations 3. However. −. array arithmetic operations or array operations for short.1. If A and B are two matrices of the same size with elements A = [aij ] and B = [bij ]. Thus. and ˆ to be carried out on matrices. are done element-by-element.1. 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 3.1 Matrix arithmetic operations As we mentioned earlier. we are interested in array operations. then the command 30 .

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

and x is an unknown column vector of n components.2) 32 . inv. There are typically two ways to solve for x in MATLAB: 1.\ . In linear algebra we learn that the solution to Ax = b can be written as x = A−1 b. For example. The result is x = A−1 b./ . a system of simultaneous linear equations is written Ax = b (3.1) where there are as many equations as unknown. where A−1 is the inverse of A. The ﬁrst one is to use the matrix inverse. a system of simultaneous linear equations is written Ax = b This equation can be solved for x using linear algebra.Operation Matrix Array Addition Subtraction Multiplication Division Left division Exponentiation + − ∗ / \ ˆ + − . With matrix notation. b is a given column vector of n components.∗ .2: Summary of matrix and array operations 3.2 Solving linear equations One of the problems encountered most frequently in scientiﬁc computation is the solution of systems of simultaneous linear equations.ˆ Table 3. 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. A is a given square matrix of order n. (3.

Hence it is important that we know how to solve this type of problem eﬃciently. Now. 1. This is a numerically reliable way of solving system of linear equations by using a well-known process of Gaussian elimination.0000 This problem is at the heart of many problems in scientiﬁc computation. 7 8 0]. 1.0000 -0. 4 5 6.2. 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. In addition to this.0000 2. 3. >> x = A\b x = -1. The numerical algorithm behind this operator is computationally eﬃcient. 7 8 0].>> A = [1 2 3. it becomes as simple as the following commands: 33 . 1]. >> b = [1. >> x = inv(A)*b x = -1. 4 5 6. however.0000 1.0000 1. Calculating the inverse of A manually is probably not a pleasant work. 1]. The second one is to use the backslash (\)operator.0000 -0. >> A = [1 2 3. >> b = [1. we will see some additional details which relate to this particular topic.1 Matrix inverse 1 2 3 A= 4 5 6 7 8 0 Let’s consider the same matrix A. we know how to solve a system of linear equations.

Use the online help of MATLAB to ﬁnd how to use these functions.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. the problems are temporarily removed from this section.1111 1. 34 .3 Exercises Note: Due to the teaching class during this Fall Quarter 2005.2222 -0.7778 0.2 Matrix functions MATLAB provides many matrix functions for various matrix/vector manipulations. −16 8 −1 1 2 = 14 −7 9 −1 2 −1 3.5556 -0.2.1111 0.8889 -0.3: Matrix functions 3. see Table 3.7778 0.2222 -0. 4 5 6.>> A = [1 2 3. 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. see [10] and [11].3 for some of these functions. >> inv(A) ans = -1. 7 8 0].

or they can be functions that can accept arguments and can produce one or more outputs. save the ﬁle. This section covers the following topics: • M-File Scripts • M-File Functions 4.2 M-File Scripts A script ﬁle is an external ﬁle that contains a sequence of MATLAB statements. If needed. a diﬀerent way of executing repeatedly commands with MATLAB is: 1. all the commands were executed in the Command Window. corrections or changes can be made to the commands in the ﬁle. The problem is that the commands entered in the Command Window cannot be saved and executed again for several times. run the ﬁle. Therefore. to create a ﬁle with a list of commands. 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.m and are often called M-ﬁles. and 3.1 Introduction So far in these lab sessions.Chapter 4 Introduction to programming in MATLAB 4. 2. 35 . Script ﬁles have a ﬁlename extension .

and debugging. the variables (A. in the command line. 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 -0. b = [1. by typing: >> example1 x = -0. • Run the ﬁle. 1. this text editor is recommended as the tool of choice for writing and editing M-ﬁles.2.4. enter whos at the command prompt.5000 1.m. b. Note: The MATLAB editor is both a text editor specialized for creating M-ﬁles and a graphical MATLAB debugger. and x) remain in the workspace. Because it performs some simple checks and also uses color to diﬀerentiate between various elements of codes. The MATLAB editor has numerous menus for tasks such as saving. There is another way to open the editor: 36 . viewing. 2 3 3].5000 When execution completes. for example. x = A\b • Save the ﬁle. 2].1 Examples Here are two simple scripts. example1. 3 3 4. • Enter the following statements in the ﬁle: A = [1 2 3. Solution: • Use the MATLAB editor to create a ﬁle: File → New → M-ﬁle. To see a listing of them.

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

the result is. (1) M-ﬁle element Function deﬁnition line H1 line Description Deﬁne the function name. It gives the function name and order of arguments. for n = 5. Each M-ﬁle function (or function or M-ﬁle for short) has its own area of workspace. As an example. Table 4. separated from the MATLAB base workspace. function f = factorial(n) % FACTORIAL(N) returns the factorial of N.3 M-File functions As mentioned earlier. f = prod(1:n). and the number and order of input and output arguments A one line summary description of the program. 4. there are up to one output argument and one input argument. In the case of function factorial.1: Anatomy of a M-File function Part no.3.4. >> f = factorial(5) f = 120 Table 4. functions are programs (or routines) that accept input arguments and return output arguments. 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.1 Anatomy of a M-File function This simple function shows the basic parts of an M-ﬁle.1 summarizes the M-ﬁle function. (1) (2) (3) (4) The ﬁrst line of a function M-ﬁle starts with the keyword function. except for the function deﬁnition line which applies to function only. % Compute a factorial value.

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

h) function [h. or several output arguments. the input arguments are listed inside parentheses following the function name.4. When the ﬁle is executed. The general form looks like this function [outputs] = function_name(inputs) Function ﬁle can have none. Here is an example. the variables that are used in the calculations within the ﬁle must have assigned values. They are used to transfer the output from the function ﬁle.d]=motion(v. The variable is deﬁned in the script ﬁle. The output arguments are listed inside the brackets on the left side. 1. the user is prompted to assign a value to the variable in the command prompt. The variable is deﬁned in the command prompt. the variable is deﬁned in the script ﬁle.2 Input and output arguments As mentioned above. The assignment of a value to a variable can be done in three ways. 2. In this case. This is done by using the input command. Table 4.3: Example of input and output arguments function C=FtoC(F) function area=TrapArea(a. we will focus our attention on the third one.3.angle) One input argument and one output argument Three inputs and one output Two inputs and two outputs 4. 40 .4 Input to a script ﬁle When a script ﬁle is executed. Table 4. 3. % % % % This script file calculates the average of points scored in three games. The point from each game are assigned to a variable by using the ‘input’ command.3 illustrates some possible combinations of input and output arguments. The variable is entered when the script is executed. game1 = input(’Enter the points scored in the first game ’). one. Here.b. We have already seen the two ﬁrst cases.

MATLAB automatically generates a display when commands are executed. average = (game1+game2+game3)/3 The following shows the command prompt when this script ﬁle (saved as example3) is executed. >> >> >> >> 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. 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].4: disp and fprintf commands disp . game3 = input(’Enter the points scored in the third game ’). Provide total control over the appearance of output fprintf 41 .game2 = input(’Enter the points scored in the second game ’). Simple to use. The main diﬀerences between these two commands can be summarized as follows (Table 4. Provide limited control over the appearance of output . .4). see MATLAB documentation.5 Output commands As discussed before. . In addition to this automatic display. MATLAB has several commands that can be used to generate displays or outputs. Table 4. Slightly more complicated than disp. For more information. Two commands that are frequently used to generate output are: disp and fprintf. 4.

person who weight 180 lb.6 Exercises 1. Write a function ﬁle that converts temperature in degrees Fahrenheit (◦ F) to degrees Centigrade (◦ C). Liz buys three apples. 42 . and one cantaloupe for $2. How much do single pieces of each fruit cost? 2. Bob buys a dozen apples and two cantaloupe for $5. (a) Determine in SI units the height and mass of a 5 ft. 3. Carol buys two bananas and three cantaloupe for $2.77.) and weight in pounds (lb). Recall the conversion formulation.4.15 in.26. Write a user-deﬁned MATLAB function. C = 5/9 ∗ (F − 32). a dozen bananas. (b) Determine your own height and weight in SI units. Use input and fprintf commands to display a mix of text and numbers. 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.36.

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

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

in which case indentation helps to improve the readability. The syntax is for variable = expression statements end Usually.2 Relational and logical operators A relational operator compares two numbers by determining whether a comparison is true or false. since = is reserved for the assignment operator. 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. Multiple for loops can be nested. 5.1: 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). Table 5..2.1. Relational operators are shown in Table 5.end’’ loop In the for . especially when they are nested.3 The ‘‘for.2. j) element i/j for j ≥ i: 45 .. expression is a vector of the form i:s:j. Note that MATLAB editor does it automatically. 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. end loop.5..

etc. the looping will continue indeﬁnitely. • Other control statements include return.. we can stop the execution by pressing Ctrl-C. 5.2.i)=i/j. skipping the remaining statements in the loop. For more detail about these commands. The break statement can also be used to exit a for loop. 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.n = 5. consul MATLAB documentation. for j=2:n for i=1:j-1 A(i. A(j.end’’ loop This loop is used when the number of passes is not speciﬁed. • The continue statement can also be used to exit a for loop to pass immediately to the next iteration of the loop. 46 .j)=i/j. If this happens.. A while loop can be terminated with the break statement.5 Other ﬂow structures • The break statement. end end 5. The while loop has the form: while expression statements end The statements are executed as long as expression is true. A = eye(n). switch. The looping continues until a stated condition is satisﬁed.2. continue.4 The ‘‘while. which passes control to the ﬁrst statement after the corresponding end.

(&) Element-wise OR. ). subtraction (−) Colon operator (:) Less than (<). (|) 5 6 7 8 9 5. ∗).2). unary minus (−). greater than or equal to (≥). greater (>). matrix left division (\) Addition (+). matrix multiplication (∗). Table 5. and logical operators. relational. not equal to (∼=) Element-wise AND. matrix right division (/).2: Operator precedence Precedence 1 2 3 4 Operator Parentheses () Transpose (.3 Saving output to a ﬁle In addition to displaying output on the screen. power (. /). Open a ﬁle using fopen 2. Here we add other operators in the list. the command fprintf can be used for writing the output to a ﬁle. The saved data can subsequently be used by MATLAB or other softwares. 47 . The precedence rules for MATLAB are shown in this list (Table 5. less than or equal to (≤). Precedence rules determine the order in which MATLAB evaluates an expression. matrix power (ˆ) Unary plus (+). Write the output using fprintf 3. left division (.ˆ). Operators are evaluated from left to right.2.5. equal to (==).\). Close the ﬁle using fclose Here is an example (script) of its use. logical negation (∼) Multiplication (. right division (.6 Operator precedence We can build expressions that use any combination of arithmetic. ordered from highest (1) to lowest (9) precedence level. We have already seen this in the “Tutorial Lessons”. To save the results of some computation to a ﬁle in a text format requires the following steps: 1.

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

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. Debugging is the process by which you isolate and ﬁx errors in your program or code. Debugging helps to correct two kind of errors: • Syntax errors .Chapter 6 Debugging M-ﬁles 6.For example omitting a parenthesis or misspelling a function name.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. • Run-time errors .1 Introduction This section introduces general techniques for ﬁnding errors in M-ﬁles. 6.

1 Preparing for debugging Here we use the Editor/Debugger for debugging. NaN. You cannot set breakpoints while MATLAB is busy. • A conditional breakpoint.2.2. • The program pauses at the ﬁrst breakpoint. There are three basic types of breakpoints: • A standard breakpoint. • An error breakpoint that stops when it produces the speciﬁed type of warning. 6. step through programs. • In breakpoint. 6. we can examine variable.3 Running with breakpoints After setting breakpoints.2 Setting breakpoints Set breakpoints to pause execution of the function. error. This means that line will be executed when you continue. 50 . 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. for example. and run other calling functions. The pause is indicated by the green arrow.6. which stops at a speciﬁed line.2. running an M-ﬁle. or inﬁnite value. so we can examine where the problem might be. which stops at a speciﬁed line and under speciﬁed conditions. run the M-ﬁle from the Editor/Debugger or from the Command Window. Running the M-ﬁle results in the following: • The prompt in the Command Window changes to K>> indicating that MATLAB is in debug mode.

we can view the value of any variable currently in the workspace.6. Otherwise. Examine values when we want to see whether a line of code has produced the expected result or not. and continue running. we can change the value of a variable to see if the new value produces expected results. or the previous line. 6. assign a new value to the variable in the Command Window.4 Examining values While the program is paused. To end debugging.7 Correcting an M-ﬁle To correct errors in an M-ﬁle. If the result is not as expected. end the debugging session. Viewing values as datatips First. Its current value appears. If you have trouble getting the datatip to appear. Use who or whos to list the variables in the current workspace. select Exit Debug Mode from the Debug menu. you can get unexpected results when you run the ﬁle. When we run a program. Workspace browser. While the program is paused.2. which is like a tooltip for data. we position the cursor to the left of a variable on that line. 6. step to the next line. • 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 .2. Then continue running and stepping through the program. This is called a datatip. then that line. It is best to quit debug mode before editing an M-ﬁle. the current workspace is shown in the Stack ﬁeld. If the result is as expected. click in the line and then move the cursor next to the variable. or Array Editor. contains an error.6 Ending debugging After identifying a problem.2.2.5 Correcting and ending debugging While debugging. 6.

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

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

/ .ˆ .∗ . Description Array Array Array Array Array multiplication (right) division power (left) division (nonconjugated) transpose Table A.\ .2: Array operators Character .Table A.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 .

Table A.) 55 .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. . .14159 .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.

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.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.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.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 .

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

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

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

but faster. Finally. etc.pi) does.4. There is support for nested functions. int8. 6. x(pi) will produce sin(pi) just like feval(x.mccormick. You can use function handles to create anonymous functions. but still works for backward compatibility. single. e. namely. There is more support in arithmetic operations for numeric data types other than double. 7. x=@sin.northwestern. uint8. For example.5. int16. functions deﬁned within the body of another function.edu/matlab/ 61 . feval is no longer needed when working with function handles. uint32. please visit our webpage for other details: http://computing.g. This is in addition to sub-functions already available in version 6. 5.

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

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

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