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MATLAB® basics

MATLAB® came into being in the 1970s as a tool for mathematicians and educators, but was soon adopted by engineers as an effective means for technical computing. Its name is a composite of the words ‘Matrix’ and ‘Laboratory’, emphasizing that its main element is the matrix. Such an approach permitted unification of the processes of various calculations, graphics, modeling, simulation and algorithm development. This chapter introduces the main windows and starting procedure, describes the main commands for simple arithmetic, algebraic and matrix operations, and presents the basic loops and relational and logical operators.

2.1 Starting with MATLAB®

MATLAB® can be installed on computers running different operation systems, but ...

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