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MATLAB For Dummies by John Paul Mueller, Jim Sizemore

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Chapter 2

Starting Your Copy of MATLAB

In This Chapter

arrow Obtaining and installing your copy of MATLAB

arrow Starting MATLAB and working with the interface

Before you can use MATLAB to do anything productive, you need a copy of it installed on your system. Fortunately, you can obtain a free trial version that lasts 30 days. If you’re diligent, you can easily complete this book in that time and know for certain whether you want to continue using MATLAB as a productivity aid. The point is that you need a good installation, and this book helps you obtain that goal.

tip.eps After you have MATLAB installed, it’s important to introduce yourself to the interface. This chapter provides you with an overview of the interface, not a detailed look at every feature. However, overviews are really important because working with lower-level interface elements is hard if you don’t have the big picture. You may actually want to mark this chapter in some way so that you can refer back to the interface information.

Installing MATLAB

A problem that anyone can encounter is getting a bad product installation or simply not having the right software installed. When you can’t use your software properly, the entire application ...

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