Introduction to Programming with MATLAB

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This course teaches computer programming to those with little to no previous experience. It uses the programming system and language called MATLAB to do so because it is easy to learn versatile and very useful for engineers and other professionals. MATLAB is a special-purpose language that is an excellent choice for writing moderate-size programs that solve problems involving the manipulation of numbers. The design of the language makes it possible to write a powerful program in a few lines.

The problems may be relatively complex while the MATLAB programs that solve them are relatively simple: relative that is to the equivalent program written in a general-purpose language such as C++ or Java. As a result MATLAB is being used in a wide variety of domains from the natural sciences through all disciplines of engineering to finance and beyond and it is heavily used in industry. Hence a solid background in MATLAB is an indispensable skill in today’s job market.

Nevertheless this course is not a MATLAB tutorial. It is an introductory programming course that uses MATLAB to illustrate general concepts in computer science and programming. Students who successfully complete this course will become familiar with general concepts in computer science gain an understanding of the general concepts of programming and obtain a solid foundation in the use of MATLAB.

Students taking the course will get a MATLAB Online license free of charge for the duration of the course. The students are encouraged to consult the eBook that this course is based on. More information about these resources can be found on the Resources menu on the right.

1 hour to complete
Course Pages
1 video (Total 2 min) 3 readings

3 hours to complete
The MATLAB Environment
We will learn how to start MATLAB and will familiarize ourselves with its user interface. We will learn how to use MATLAB as a sophisticated calculator. We will learn about syntax and semantics. We will see ways in which MATLAB provides help. Finally we will learn how to create plots in MATLAB.
7 videos (Total 132 min) 1 reading 2 quizzes

3 hours to complete
Matrices and Operators
The basic unit with which we work in MATLAB is the matrix. We solve problems by manipulating matrices and operators are the primary means by which we manipulate them. We will learn how to define matrices extract parts of them and combine them to form new matrices. We will learn how to use operators to add subtract multiply and divide matrices and we will learn that there are several different types of multiplication and division. Finally we will learn MATLAB’s rules for determining the order in which operators are carried out when more than one of them appear in the same expression.
6 videos (Total 82 min) 1 reading 4 quizzes

2 hours to complete
Functions let us break up complex problems into smaller more manageable parts. We will learn how functions let us create reusable software components that can be applied in many different programs. We will learn how the environment inside a function is separated from the outside via a well defined interface through which it communicates with that outside world. We will learn how to define a function to allow input to it when it initiates its execution and output from it when it is done.
7 videos (Total 50 min) 1 reading 3 quizzes

3 hours to complete
Programmer's Toolbox
MATLAB has useful built-in functions and we will explore many of them in this section. We will learn about polymorphism and how MATLAB exploits it to change a function's behavior on the basis of the number and type of its inputs. Because random numbers play an important role in computer programming we will learn how to use the MATLAB random number generator. We will learn how to get input from the keyboard how to print to the Command Window and how to plot graphs in a Figure window. Finally we will learn how to find programming errors with the help of the debugger.
5 videos (Total 83 min) 1 reading 2 quizzes

5 hours to complete
Selection is the means by which MATLAB makes decisions about the order in which it executes its statements. We will learn how to use the if-statement which is the most important method of selection. We will learn how to use relational operators and logical operators. We will learn how to write polymorphic functions and how to make functions resistant to error.
7 videos (Total 80 min) 2 readings 4 quizzes

7 hours to complete
Loops give computers their power. We will learn how to use both of MATLAB's loop constructs: the for-loop and the while-loop. We will learn how the break-statement works and we will use nested loops. We will learn how to make loops more efficient. We will learn about logical indexing and will see how to use it to produce implicit loops that are efficient and easy for a user to understand.
5 videos (Total 133 min) 2 readings 4 quizzes

6 hours to complete
Data Types
Computers operate on bits but humans think in terms of numbers words and other types of data. Like any good language MATLAB organizes bits into convenient data types. We will study those types in this section. We will learn that there are ten types of numbers and that there are conversion functions to change one type into another. We will learn much more about strings and how the characters in them are encoded as numbers. We will learn how to produce heterogeneous collections of data via structs and cells and we will learn how to store points in time and time durations.
6 videos (Total 194 min) 2 readings 2 quizzes

7 hours to complete
File Input/Output
Files are named areas in permanent memory for storing data that can be used as input or output to MATLAB and to other programs. We will be introduced to MATLAB’s most important methods for reading and writing files. We will learn how to create read from and write into MAT-files Excel files text files and binary files. We will learn how to navigate among folders with MATLAB commands.
4 videos (Total 75 min) 5 readings 5 quizzes

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Cung cấp bởi: Coursera /  Vanderbilt University

Thời lượng: 35 giờ
Ngôn ngữ giảng dạy: Tiếng Anh
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Đối tượng: Beginner

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