Engineering Computation: An Introduction Using MATLAB and Excel

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-10-01
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education

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The strength of the Engineering Computations text is its combination of the two most important computational programs in the engineering marketplace today, MATLAB and Excel. Engineering students will need to know how to use both programs to solve problems. Howard/Musto/Williams introductory text, Engineering Computations provides an introduction to both programs.While it is important to teach the mechanics of using the relevant tools, those tools can change so the focus of this text is on thefundamentals of engineering computing: algorithm development, selection of appropriate tools, documentation of solutions, and verification and interpretation of results.This is a new project that will be in a growth phase for the next few editions. Engineering schools continue to struggle with where to fit a computer methods course and Musto/Howard/Williams meets the need for a brief low level introduction to these programs.This book fits into the BEST series and will allow professors to use one book where they used to need two.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Computing Toolsp. 3
Introductionp. 3
Analytic and Algorithmic Solutionsp. 4
Approaches to Engineering Computationp. 11
Data Representationp. 13
Excel Fundamentalsp. 21
Introductionp. 21
The Excel Interfacep. 21
Tutorial: Entering and Formatting Data with Excelp. 24
Tutorial: Entering and Formatting Formulas with Excelp. 30
Tutorial: Using Built-in Functionsp. 38
Tutorial: Performing Logical Tests Using the IF Statementp. 43
Tutorial: Using Lookup Tablesp. 50
Tutorial: Interpolating with Excelp. 54
MATLAB Fundamentalsp. 63
Introductionp. 63
The MATLAB Interfacep. 63
Tutorial: Using the Command Window for Interactive Computationp. 64
Tutorial: Using MATLAB Script Filesp. 74
Tutorial: Using MATLAB Function Filesp. 82
Tutorial: Computing With One-Dimensional Arraysp. 86
Tutorial: Computing With Two-Dimensional Arraysp. 93
Tutorial: Saving a MATLAB Sessionp. 98
MATLAB Programmingp. 105
Introductionp. 105
Flowchartsp. 105
Tutorial: Loop Commandsp. 108
Tutorial: Logical Branching Statementsp. 117
Tutorial: Combining Loops and Logicp. 127
Tutorial: Formating MATLAB Outputp. 132
Plotting Datap. 143
Introductionp. 143
Types of Graphsp. 143
XY Graphsp. 147
Guidelines for Producing Good Graphsp. 178
Tutorial: Creating Other Types of Graphs with Excelp. 180
Finding the Roots of Equationsp. 197
Introductionp. 197
Motivationp. 198
Roots of Equations: Theoryp. 199
Tutorial: Solution of General Nonlinear Equations Using MATLABp. 209
Tutorial: Solution of Polynomial Equations Using MATLABp. 211
Tutorial: Solution of General Nonlinear Equations Using Excelp. 214
Matrix Mathematicsp. 221
Introductionp. 221
Properties of Matricesp. 221
Tutorial: Matrix Operations using Excelp. 225
Tutorial: Matrix Operations using MATLABp. 230
Solving Simultaneous Equationsp. 239
Introductionp. 239
Systems of Linear Equationsp. 239
Tutorial: Solutions of Linear Equations Using Excelp. 240
Tutorial: Solutions to Simultaneous Linear Equations Using MATLABp. 247
Tutorial: Solving Nonlinear Simultaneous Equations Using Excelp. 250
Numerical Integrationp. 259
Introductionp. 259
Concepts from Calculusp. 259
Tutorial: Numerical Integration of Functionsp. 263
Tutorial: Numerical Integration of Measured Datap. 276
Optimizationp. 287
Introductionp. 287
Engineering Optimizationp. 288
Formulating an Optimization Problemp. 290
Solution of an Optimization Problemp. 292
Solution of an Optimization Problem Using MATLABp. 301
Solution of an Optimization Problem Using Excelp. 308
Tutorial: Engineering Application of Linear Constrained Optimizationp. 317
Indexp. 327
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