GS 2000/Math - Collins
Introduction to MATLAB
Starting Up, Help and Diary
a. From Windows: Go under the Start menu and select
MATLAB 5.3 under the Programs/Matlab menu.
b. From CS account: First, you need to have /usr/local/matlab/bin
in your path. To make it part of your path, go to your home directory
and edit the .cshrc file. You will see a statement like
set path =( .... Copy one of the other lines and change it to
read as: /usr/local/matlab/bin
When you are done, type source .cshrc to make it active.
Note: for now, the window you did this in is the only window you
can run MATLAB in. For each window you want to run MATLAB in,
you need to type source ~/.cshrc in that window. This will
automatically be done the next time you login.
To enter the MATLAB environment, type matlab
c. To exit, type quit or exit or choose Exit from
the file menu (if available)
d. At the MATLAB prompt (>>), type:
and click on Autoplay for a fast show, to get an idea
what MATLAB looks like.
e. Getting help.
MATLAB has several built-in help commands:
i. If you know the name of the command you can use
for example, type
ii. To search for commands by function, you can use the
help window, type
and then double-click on any topic to get a list of
iii. For general MATLAB information you can use the help desk.
This brings up a browser window and gives access to information
about commands, programming, etc. Type
Click on Getting Started for some general information.
Work through a few pages of the Getting Started tutorial.
Put the browser on one side of the screen and the window
running MATLAB on the other and try out a few commands.
Try out the following areas:
Matrices and Magic Squares
Working with Matrices
The Command Window
f. You can keep a transcript of you MATLAB activities with the diary
help diary to learn about it.
Startup MATLAB and start working through the handout: MATLAB Tutorial