Chapter 20

Performing Analysis


check Working with linear algebra

check Using calculus

check Resolving differential equations

Chapter 19 introduces you to the Symbolic Math Toolbox and shows you how to use it to perform a number of tasks. This chapter expands on some of the information presented in Chapter 19. In fact, before you proceed, make sure that you have the Symbolic Math Toolbox installed. The student version of MATLAB comes with the Symbolic Math Toolbox installed by default — otherwise, you must install it manually, using the instructions found in the first section of Chapter 19.

This chapter doesn’t take a detailed look at any one particular area of solving equations, but it does give you a good start on working with linear algebra, calculus, and differential equations. Being able to solve these equations quickly and correctly can make a huge difference in the success of your project. Some of the concepts in this chapter are a little advanced, so you see links for additional information about many of them. In addition, Chapter 5 provides you with a lot of details about working with matrices in MATLAB, so a review of that chapter is helpful.

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