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David Mcmahon
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1 May 2007 Demystified
Need to Learn MATLAB? Problem SOLVED!

Get started using MATLAB right away with help from this hands-on guide. MATLAB Demystified offers an effective and enlightening method for learning how to get the most out this powerful computational mathematics tool. 

Using an easy-to-follow format, this book explains the basics of MATLAB up front. You'll find out how to plot functions, solve algebraic equations, and compute integrals. You'll also learn how to solve differential equations, generate numerical solutions of ODEs, and work with special functions. Packed with hundreds of sample equations and explained solutions, and featuring end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam, this book will teach you MATLAB essentials in no time at all.

  • This self-teaching guide offers:
  • The quickest way to get up and running on MATLAB
  • Hundreds of worked examples with solutions
  • Coverage of MATLAB 7
  • A quiz at the end of each chapter to reinforce learning and pinpoint weaknesses
  • A final exam at the end of the book
  • A time-saving approach to performing better on homework or on the job

Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced user, MATLAB Demystified is your shortcut to computational precision.


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  • Perfect Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional (1 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071485511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071485517
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 18.4 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,379 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Need to Learn MATLAB? Problem SOLVED!
Get started using MATLAB right away with help from this hands-on guide.
MATLAB Demystified offers an effective and enlightening method for learning
how to get the most out this powerful computational mathematics tool.

Using an easy-to-follow format, this book explains the basics of MATLAB up
front. You'll find out how to plot functions, solve algebraic equations,
and compute integrals. You'll also learn how to solve differential
equations, generate numerical solutions of ODEs, and work with special
functions. Packed with hundreds of sample equations and explained
solutions, and featuring end-of-chapter quizzes and a final exam, this book
will teach you MATLAB essentials in no time at all.

This self-teaching guide offers:
The quickest way to get up and running on MATLAB
Hundreds of worked examples with solutions
Coverage of MATLAB 7
A quiz at the end of each chapter to reinforce learning and pinpoint
weaknesses
A final exam at the end of the book
A time-saving approach to performing better on homework or on the job
Simple enough for a beginner, but challenging enough for an advanced user,
MATLAB Demystified is your shortcut to computational precision.

About the Author

David McMahon is a physicist and researcher at Sandia National Laboratories. He is the author of Linear Algebra Demystified, Quantum Mechanics Demystified, and Relativity Demystified.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Riddled with errors and inconsistencies 19 Sep 2011
By paul
Format:Perfect Paperback
I bought this book as a cheap alternative to some of the more substantial Matlab textbooks thinking that I couldn't go wrong. I did.

As a book aimed at beginners, it is good to see plenty of examples which can be worked through so that an understanding of the Matlab commands can be achieved. However, the examples in this book themselves are unduly long, over-complicated and over-explained for the Matlab command which they are trying to showcase. For example, there is an attempt to explain how to create and execute a Matlab function to calculate a simple average, but it takes two and a half pages to describe what an average is and what features the function needs to contain , before going on to say "calling the function we get..." Amongst all this explanation, the reader is not informed on how to actually call the function...

Three quarters of a page is spent describing the terms of an equation used in electrical engineering before being told the command to generate a log-log chart...which comes with no description. It seems that a lot of effort is spent on the examples, and the Matlab is given only a fleeting mention. This attitude permeates the book, and it is frustrating that to find out how to do something the reader is forced to wade through a fully worked specific example, which in some cases is tricky to translate to a more general situation.

A serious shortfall of Matlab Demystified is that it is riddled with errors and inconsistencies, for example, on page 34, two of the 3 equations to be solved are inconsistent with the matrix underneath; on page 35, the vectors don't correspond to the equation describing their relationship; answers to the quizzes to Chapters 2 and 3 are in the wrong section.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars so-so 6 Sep 2011
By Nima
Format:Perfect Paperback
It starts very well.
the first two chapters are good but when it comes to plotting, the pattern gets mixed. while the book is regarded as a basic course for MATLAB (at least the title suggest!), this chapter is a little complicated for instance it uses "set" and "get" without describing their function, I had to refer to online help for getting familiar with them. for those who want MATLAB as a tool for numerical analysis, this is not a complete reference but a good introduction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the tin 25 Nov 2013
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I had tried MATLAB before but got really frustrated. This book takes you from the absolute beginning, to quite a good standard in a short space of time. Very easy to understand, gets you using MATLAB independently rather than keeping on referring to the book every time you need something.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great 17 Jan 2013
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Not bad but I expected a bit more from it. No Matlab experience is required but it is a bit too basic.
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