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Dynamics of structures with MATLAB® applications by Ashok K. Jain

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Chapter A2

MATLAB Basics

A2.1 MATLAB BASICS

MATLAB provides several standard functions. In addition, there are several toolboxes or collections of functions and procedures available as part of the MATLAB package. MATLAB offers the option of developing customized toolboxes. Many such tools are available worldwide. MATLAB is case sensitive, so the commands and programming variables must be used very carefully. It means A + B is not the same as a + b. The MATLAB prompt (>>) will be used to indicate where the commands are entered. Anything written after this prompt denotes user input (i.e., a command) followed by a carriage return (i.e., the “enter” key).

A2.1.1 Help Command

MATLAB provides help on any command or topic by typing the help command ...

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