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Learning Matlab.

hs-studenths-student Posts: 22Registered User New Member
edited August 2008 in Engineering Majors
Hello, I will start university soon. There I will have to learn some Matlab even though I won't take computer science. Do you guys know of any good texts that can get me started on Matlab now?


PS: I've never programmed before.
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Replies to: Learning Matlab.

  • RealMRealM Posts: 879Registered User Member
    In addition to the OP's question, where can we get Matlab for free on internet? I'm trying to learn it before I actually attend my university but can't find it anywhere.
  • AMXAMX Posts: 240Registered User Junior Member
    You could bittorent it...
  • lowendnewbielowendnewbie Posts: 264Registered User Junior Member
    wouldn't it be more worth while to learn programming first?

    I heard this book is good.
    http://web.cecs.pdx.edu/~gerry/nmm/prenhallLargeBookCover.jpg
  • jessiehljessiehl Posts: 3,328Registered User Senior Member
    I like A Guide to MATLAB for Beginners and Experienced Users, 2nd ed, by Hunt, Lipsman, and Rosenberg. The Internet also has some good tutorials.
  • explodapopexplodapop Posts: 38Registered User Junior Member
    i'd learn to program first instead, unless you abohr it ofc, and just have to learn matlab because you.. well.. have to.
    i took a course in python last semester, and learning matlab after that was rather cakewalk..
  • nshah9617nshah9617 Posts: 1,005Registered User Senior Member
    If you are an engineer, you will most likely take a class or two that uses MATLAB and will be able to learn it that way. Also, at my school "MATLAB" isn't really considered a true programming language by the Compsci majors and therefore, I don't even think they learn it.

    Anyway, MATLAB is pretty easy to learn and you can learn it now if you have free time but typically your coursework will cover it. Learning C/C++ would be more useful.
  • aibarraibarr Posts: 4,248Registered User Senior Member
    You could bittorent it...

    I'd be careful with that. The companies that make academic and engineering programs typically have well-staffed and well-funded anti-piracy squads. They will prosecute you without mercy if they find you illegally using their stuff...

    I hear that they beat you with your own shoes.
  • hs-studenths-student Posts: 22Registered User New Member
    Thanks for the answers guys. I really don't even want to learn how to program. I just have to learn Matlab as far as I know.
    (My passion is science, not programming.)
  • AcereAcere Posts: 323Registered User Member
    I'd be careful with that. The companies that make academic and engineering programs typically have well-staffed and well-funded anti-piracy squads. They will prosecute you without mercy if they find you illegally using their stuff...

    I hear that they beat you with your own shoes.

    Please...if you know what you are doing you will never be caught.

    I have never paid a cent for any of my programs.
  • ken285ken285 Posts: 3,882Registered User Senior Member
    Matlab IS programming.
  • hs-studenths-student Posts: 22Registered User New Member
    ken285: The point is that it is Matlab I want to learn. Not first programming then Matlab...
  • aibarraibarr Posts: 4,248Registered User Senior Member
    Please...if you know what you are doing you will never be caught.

    Being married to a composer means I'm admittedly a little irritable about copyright violations. Being caught or not, stealing software is wrong, and the more expensive the software that you steal, the closer you get to felony theft. You make your own choices, but what you're doing is illegal.
    ken285: The point is that it is Matlab I want to learn. Not first programming then Matlab...

    Same difference. Matlab is programming. Matlab programming is essentially C++. If you learn C++, you'll breeze through Matlab programming.
  • lowendnewbielowendnewbie Posts: 264Registered User Junior Member
    maybe he only wants to learn basic matlab stuff. Like solving matrixes.
  • aibarraibarr Posts: 4,248Registered User Senior Member
    maybe he only wants to learn basic matlab stuff. Like solving matrixes.

    Do a Google search for "basic matlab commands". The first link I see is one from University of Michigan and teaches how to phrase vectors and matrices and things, and that would help teach you the basics of Matlab, and "free internet source" is certainly less expensive than "price of a book".

    Beyond that, it's probably best to just wait 'til you get to the class. They will teach you what you need to know. There are plenty of engineering students who start out never having programmed before, and who've never been exposed to Matlab, and the course instructors are cognizant of this. No need to fill your last summer before college with actual learning! ;)
  • ele902ele902 Posts: 274Registered User Junior Member
    This is the best book I found for those who never use Matlab before:

    MATLAB: An Introduction with Applications (Paperback)

    Read the review to see whether its worth your time or not:
    Amazon.com: MATLAB: An Introduction with Applications: Amos Gilat: Books
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