Matlab is a high-performance language for
technical computing. Although MATLAB stands for MATrix LABoratory,
it is well suited to handle most mathematical needs, not just
matrix manipulation. It is an interactive system whose basic data
element is an array that does not require dimensioning. This allows
you to solve many technical computing problems, especially those
with matrix and vector formulations, in a fraction of the time it
would take to write a program in a scalar noninteractive language
such as C or Fortran.
Furthermore Matlab features a family of add-on application-specific
solutions called toolboxes. Toolboxes are comprehensive collections
of Matlab functions that extend the Matlab environment to solve
particular classes of problems like signal processing, control
systems, neural networks, and many others.
On Windows platforms double-click the
Matlab shortcut icon on your Windows desktop. On UNIX platforms
type matlab at the operating system prompt.
Once running, Matlab will present a pair of greater-than sybols,
» , as its command-line
To end your Matlab session, type quit or
exit in this prompt. To execute specified
functions each time Matlab quits, such as saving the workspace, you
can create and run a finish.m