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Unformatted text preview: Introduction to Matlab Matlab is a type of computer language, which you can use to do the same types of things (although generally not as quickly) as C, Fortran, etc. However, the real usefulness of Matlab comes from its built-in functions (programs like matrix inversion that have already been written for you). The Command Line . Matlab can be used in command-line mode. This mode is what you get when you start Matlab from Start Menu Programs. You type in each command at the prompt (which looks like: >> ), then hit enter and it executes the command immediately. As an example, execute the following commands: 1. At the prompt type: a=1 2. Hit enter 3. At the prompt type: b=2 4. Hit enter 5. Type: a + b 6. Hit enter You assigned the value of 1 to the variable called a, and the value of 2 to the variable b, and executed the sum of a and b. The M-file . You can also put a whole bunch of commands in a file (called an m-file), and execute all the commands in sequence, without hitting enter between each line, by just typing the name of the file without the .m....
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