Join Patrick Royal for an in-depth discussion in this video Installing MATLAB, part of Learning MATLAB.
If you're interested in learning how to use MATLAB effectively, the first thing you'll need to do is get MATLAB installed. To acquire MATLAB, direct your browser to www.mathworks.com. MathWorks produces a variety of different software products, including MATLAB. There are a couple of different ways to acquire and install MATLAB. If you are a university student, click on the Academia tab. Here, you'll be able to purchase the student version at a discounted price. This version includes MATLAB, Simulink, and ten external toolboxes that provide additional features and function libraries to MATLAB.
In Chapter 5, I'll cover three of the most popular of these add-ons. If you're not a university student, click on the Products and Services tab instead. This will bring up a list of all of the MathWorks products, including MATLAB and dozens of external toolboxes. Under this tab, you can purchase each MATLAB product a la carte. All of the toolboxes are compatible with the main MATLAB software and with each other, so you can pick and choose the toolboxes that will be most relevant to your needs. Three of the most commonly used toolboxes are the Symbolic Math Toolbox, the Statistics Toolbox, and the Optimization Toolbox.
All of which will be covered in Chapter 5. When you've chosen which product to purchase, click on the name to get more details. On the right-hand side, you can then choose to either request a trial of the software or see pricing and licensing options. If you request a trial, be aware that MATLAB will get back to you within about three days with information about the license. It's not an immediate download. There are separate licenses for commercial use, academic use, and student use, as well as for group or individual use.
So be sure to select the license that is right for you. Once you've made your choice, click on View Pricing Now. And then log in or create an account to purchase the software. Once bought MATLAB will automatically download and install and you'll be given one or more license keys that can be used to unlock the software. With that now out of the way, you're ready to start coding.
- Installing MATLAB
- Working with MATLAB variables
- Working with matrix and scalar operations
- Creating functions
- Understanding performance considerations
- Building basic plots
- Creating responsive programs
- Editing variables manually
- Working with the Statistics Toolbox