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MATLAB For Dummies by John Paul Mueller, Jim Sizemore

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Chapter 15

Performing Analysis

In This Chapter

arrow Working with linear algebra

arrow Using calculus

arrow Resolving differential equations

Chapter 14 introduces you to the Symbolic Math Toolbox and shows you how to use it to perform a number of tasks. This chapter expands on some of the information presented in Chapter 14. In fact, before you proceed, make sure that you have the Symbolic Math Toolbox installed. The student version of MATLAB comes with the Symbolic Math Toolbox installed by default — otherwise, you must install it manually, using the instructions found in the first section of Chapter 14.

This chapter doesn’t provide you with a detailed look at any one particular area of solving equations, but it does provide a good start on working with linear algebra, calculus, and differential equations. Being able to solve these equations quickly and correctly can make a huge difference in the success of your project.

tip.eps You may think that these kinds of math are used only in high-tech environments, such as building a sub that can safely traverse the Marianas Trench. (You can read about James Cameron’s ...

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