About this Course
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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....
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MatlabComputer ProgrammingProblem SolvingProgramming Language
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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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1 hour to complete

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Reading
1 video (Total 2 min), 3 readings
Video1 video
Reading3 readings
Syllabus10m
Grading and Logistics10m
Recommended Textbook10m

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Section
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2 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....
Reading
7 videos (Total 132 min), 1 reading
Video7 videos
Running MATLAB11m
The MATLAB Desktopm
MATLAB as a Calculator14m
Syntax and Semantics5m
Help8m
Plotting19m
Reading1 reading
Lesson 1: The MATLAB Environment10m

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2 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....
Reading
7 videos (Total 95 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
The Colon Operator8m
Accessing Parts of a Matrix21m
Combining and Transforming Matrices10m
Arithmetic Part 118m
Arithmetic Part 211m
Operator Precedence13m
Reading1 reading
Lesson 2: Matrices and Operators10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Lesson 220m

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4 hours to complete

Functions

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....
Reading
8 videos (Total 102 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video8 videos
Function I/O22m
Formal Definition of Functions2m
Subfunctions6m
Scope5m
Advantages of Functions2m
Scripts4m
Problem Solving52m
Reading2 readings
Lesson 3: Functions10m
HW 3 Solutions10m
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Top Reviews

By MKSep 25th 2016

There is much more to MATLAB than what the course can cover. But It has definitely provided me with the necessary skills and confidence to use it in tackling the practical problems in the real world.

By CMJul 20th 2017

It was a very involving course! Everything is taught by doing it practically. Assignments are really good and make you adept in what you learn the whole week. As far, the Best MOOC I've completed.

Instructors

Akos Ledeczi

Professor of Computer Engineering / Senior Research Scientist
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science / Institute for Software Integrated Systems

Mike Fitzpatrick

Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Neurosurgery, and Radiology
Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Neurological Surgery, Radiology & Radiological Sciences

About Vanderbilt University

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