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# Engineering Computation: An Introduction Using MATLAB and Excel

**by**Musto, Joseph; Howard, William; Williams, Richard

1st

### 9780073380162

0073380164

Paperback

10/1/2008

McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math

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## Summary

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

Preface | p. v |

Computing Tools | p. 3 |

Introduction | p. 3 |

Analytic and Algorithmic Solutions | p. 4 |

Approaches to Engineering Computation | p. 11 |

Data Representation | p. 13 |

Excel Fundamentals | p. 21 |

Introduction | p. 21 |

The Excel Interface | p. 21 |

Tutorial: Entering and Formatting Data with Excel | p. 24 |

Tutorial: Entering and Formatting Formulas with Excel | p. 30 |

Tutorial: Using Built-in Functions | p. 38 |

Tutorial: Performing Logical Tests Using the IF Statement | p. 43 |

Tutorial: Using Lookup Tables | p. 50 |

Tutorial: Interpolating with Excel | p. 54 |

MATLAB Fundamentals | p. 63 |

Introduction | p. 63 |

The MATLAB Interface | p. 63 |

Tutorial: Using the Command Window for Interactive Computation | p. 64 |

Tutorial: Using MATLAB Script Files | p. 74 |

Tutorial: Using MATLAB Function Files | p. 82 |

Tutorial: Computing With One-Dimensional Arrays | p. 86 |

Tutorial: Computing With Two-Dimensional Arrays | p. 93 |

Tutorial: Saving a MATLAB Session | p. 98 |

MATLAB Programming | p. 105 |

Introduction | p. 105 |

Flowcharts | p. 105 |

Tutorial: Loop Commands | p. 108 |

Tutorial: Logical Branching Statements | p. 117 |

Tutorial: Combining Loops and Logic | p. 127 |

Tutorial: Formating MATLAB Output | p. 132 |

Plotting Data | p. 143 |

Introduction | p. 143 |

Types of Graphs | p. 143 |

XY Graphs | p. 147 |

Guidelines for Producing Good Graphs | p. 178 |

Tutorial: Creating Other Types of Graphs with Excel | p. 180 |

Finding the Roots of Equations | p. 197 |

Introduction | p. 197 |

Motivation | p. 198 |

Roots of Equations: Theory | p. 199 |

Tutorial: Solution of General Nonlinear Equations Using MATLAB | p. 209 |

Tutorial: Solution of Polynomial Equations Using MATLAB | p. 211 |

Tutorial: Solution of General Nonlinear Equations Using Excel | p. 214 |

Matrix Mathematics | p. 221 |

Introduction | p. 221 |

Properties of Matrices | p. 221 |

Tutorial: Matrix Operations using Excel | p. 225 |

Tutorial: Matrix Operations using MATLAB | p. 230 |

Solving Simultaneous Equations | p. 239 |

Introduction | p. 239 |

Systems of Linear Equations | p. 239 |

Tutorial: Solutions of Linear Equations Using Excel | p. 240 |

Tutorial: Solutions to Simultaneous Linear Equations Using MATLAB | p. 247 |

Tutorial: Solving Nonlinear Simultaneous Equations Using Excel | p. 250 |

Numerical Integration | p. 259 |

Introduction | p. 259 |

Concepts from Calculus | p. 259 |

Tutorial: Numerical Integration of Functions | p. 263 |

Tutorial: Numerical Integration of Measured Data | p. 276 |

Optimization | p. 287 |

Introduction | p. 287 |

Engineering Optimization | p. 288 |

Formulating an Optimization Problem | p. 290 |

Solution of an Optimization Problem | p. 292 |

Solution of an Optimization Problem Using MATLAB | p. 301 |

Solution of an Optimization Problem Using Excel | p. 308 |

Tutorial: Engineering Application of Linear Constrained Optimization | p. 317 |

Index | p. 327 |

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