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Getting Started with MATLAB


  • Desktop Basics

    Enter statements at the command line and view results.

  • Matrices and Arrays

    MATLAB® operates primarily on arrays and matrices, both in whole and in part. A matrix is a two-dimensional array often used for linear algebra.

  • Array Indexing

    Variables in MATLAB are typically arrays that can hold many numbers. When you want to access selected elements of an array, use indexing.

  • Workspace Variables

    The workspace contains variables that you create within or import into MATLAB from data files or other programs.

  • Text and Characters

    When you are working with text, enclose sequences of characters in single quotes.

  • Calling Functions

    MATLAB provides a large number of functions that perform computational tasks. To call a function, enclose its input arguments in parentheses.

  • 2-D and 3-D Plots

    Graphics functions include 2-D and 3-D plotting functions to visualize data and communicate results.

  • Programming and Scripts

    The simplest type of MATLAB program is called a script. A script contains a sequence of commands and function calls.

  • Help and Documentation

    All functions have supporting documentation that includes examples and describes the function inputs, outputs, and calling syntax.

Online Learning

Free two-hour online MATLAB course


Getting Started with MATLAB
Get an overview of MATLAB, the language of technical computing.

Working in the Development Environment
Access tools such as the command history workspace browser and variable editor, save and load your workspace data, and manage windows and desktop layout.