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Sandeep Nagar, Introduction to MATLAB for Engineers and Scientists, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4842-3189-0_1

1. Introduction to MATLAB

Sandeep Nagar

(1)New York, USA

1.1 Introduction to Numerical Computing

With the advent of computers in the post World War II era, the need to simulate physical problems using this new tool led to the invention of numerical computing. Whereas analytical computation required pen, paper, and the human mind, numerical computation required a calculating device too. Successful implementation of computing devices to solve problems (especially involving repeated tasks) over a large array of data points was observed in many fields of science and engineering. For example, breaking enemy’s secret codes, ...

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