The objective of this chapter is to illustrate the importance of learning to use tools like MATLAB. MATLAB and companion toolboxes provide engineers, scientists, mathematicians, and students of these fields with an environment for technical computing applications. It is much more than a programming language like C or C++. Technical computing includes mathematical computation, analysis, visualization, and algorithm development. In this chapter we examine the application of MATLAB capabilities by solving four relatively simple problems in engineering science. The problems are the deflection of a cantilever beam subject to a uniform load, a single-loop closed electrical circuit, the free fall problem with ...
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