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The main purpose in planning a third edition of this book was to upgrade it to cover the latest version of MATLAB (Version 7.2 Release 2006a). The other purpose was to maintain the objectives of the late Brian D. Hahn as stated in the prefaces of the first and second edition. In his prefaces to the first and second edition, he pointed out the following: This book presents the MATLAB computer programming system as a problemsolving tool for scientists and engineers who have no prior knowledge of computer programming. It is based on a teach-yourself approach; readers are frequently invited to experiment for themselves in order to discover how particular constructs work.

The text was originally written as a companion to a hands-on course at the University of Cape Town. Most of the students taking the course had little or no computing experience and came from disadvantaged backgrounds. Consequently the book assumes that readers have no knowledge of computing, unlike most similar books on MATLAB. MATLAB is based on the mathematical concept of a matrix. Again, unlike most comparable books, this text does not assume any knowledge of matrices on the part of the reader; in fact the concept is developed gradually, as the context requires it. Since the book is written primarily for scientists and engineers, some of the examples of necessity involve some first-year university mathematics, particularly in the last chapter.

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However, these examples are self-contained, and omitting them will not detract from the development of your programming skills. MATLAB can be used in two distinct modes. In keeping with the present age’s craving for instant gratification, it offers immediate execution of statements, or even groups of statements, in the Command Window. For the more patient, it also offers conventional programming by means of script files. This book makes good use of both modes.

On the one hand, it encourages the use of cut-andpaste techniques to take full advantage of the interactive Windows environment, while on the other hand also stressing programming principles and algorithm development, with the help of structure plans. Although most of MATLAB’s basic features are covered, the book is neither an exhaustive nor systematic reference manual, since this would not be in keeping with its informal style. Constructs, such as for and if, are not therefore always introduced in their most general form initially, as is common in many texts, but rather more gradually in the most natural places throughout the book.

On the other hand, many texts present these constructs somewhat superficially; this book attempts to discuss them thoroughly. For the curious, there are helpful syntax and function quick references in the appendices. MATLAB by its nature lends itself to a number of pitfalls for the unwary beginner. The text warns the user of these wherever possible. The fundamentals of MATLAB are motivated throughout with many examples, from a number of different scientific and engineering areas, such as simulation, population modeling, and numerical methods, as well as from business and everyday life.

Beginners, as well as experienced programmers wishing to learn MATLAB as an additional language, will therefore find plenty of interest in the book. Emphasis is also placed on programming style throughout the book—writing clear and readable code. Each chapter concludes with a summary of the MATLAB features introduced in the chapter. There is a large collection of exercises at the end of each chapter, gleaned from the author’s many years’ experience of running hands-on programming courses for beginners and professionals alike, in BASIC, Pascal, C, C++ and MATLAB.

Complete solutions to many of the exercises appear in an appendix. There is a comprehensive and instructive index. For the second edition, in working my way through Version 6, I found so many interesting new features (for example, GUIs) that I was unable to resist incorporating most of them into the text. Consequently I decided to split the book into two parts. Part I contains what I consider to be the real essentials; Part II has everything else. In this edition I have attempted to retain the style and approach of the first edition: informal, aimed at beginners, and with plenty of examples from science and engineering. Several of the chapters from the previous editions, which

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