In this chapter, we will introduce you to the tools you need in order to begin using MATLAB effectively. These include the following: some relevant information on computer platforms and software; installation protocols; how to launch MATLAB, enter commands and use online help; a roster of MATLAB’s various windows; and finally, how to exit the program. We know you are anxious to get started using MATLAB, so we will keep this chapter brief. After you complete it, you can go immediately to Chapter 2 to find concrete and simple instructions for using MATLAB to do mathematics. We describe the MATLAB interface more elaborately in Chapter 3.
Platforms and Versions
It is likely that you will use MATLAB on a computer running ...