MATLAB is a widely used analysis tool by scientists and engineers. MATLAB has built-in graphing capabilities and many analysis functions, including matrix multiplication and matrix inverse. It can be run interactively, which greatly helps checking & debugging. This text emphasizes practical applications in engineering, physics, mathematics and biology.
OCTAVE is a free program that runs almost all MATLAB code in this course.
There are a few differences between OCTAVE and MATLAB in implementation. These differences are described where needed.
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This video shows how Penn State students use MATLAB in internships: