Register to reply

Learning Matlab

by joshmccraney
Tags: learning, matlab
Share this thread:
Jan17-14, 02:46 PM
P: 346
Hey PF!

Does anyone recommend an effective way to self-learn matlab? What has worked for you? What have you heard that works for others?

I realize matlab can be used for a variety of purposes, and as such it is difficult to learn the entire package, but I just want to get my hands dirty with this stuff.

Any suggestions is much appreciated!

sorry if this is in the wrong spot: i really feel this is engineering, but im sorry if it should be somewhere else.

Phys.Org News Partner Engineering news on
Tricorder XPRIZE: 10 teams advance in global competition to develop consumer-focused diagnostic device
Study shows local seismic isolation and damping methods provide optimal protection for essential computing equipment
New filter technology uses inert gas to bore holes in high-quality steel
Jan17-14, 03:46 PM
P: 41
Download GNU Octave. It is the free, but uglier, equivalent. Most basic functions/scripts/programs are compatible between the two.

If you aren't on Unix/Linux, download Cygwin, a Unix interface for Windows. If you install everything, it will typically have Octave contained.
Jan17-14, 04:00 PM
Sci Advisor
PF Gold
chroot's Avatar
P: 10,427
If you were to go with an open-source source alternative to MATLAB, I'd recommend Python and SciPy. It has many more features than MATLAB, though its syntax is not identical. (MATLAB's language is pretty awful, though, so this is a huge benefit.)

Octave is a good suggestion if you specifically want to use MATLAB's language, but don't wish to buy MATLAB.

That said, if you already have a copy of MATLAB and just want to learn to use it, why not start with the tutorials? MathWorks has already put a lot of effort into educational materials for people like you.

Jan17-14, 08:08 PM
P: 346
Learning Matlab

thanks guys! i should be specific: i'm working on a mac. specifically version 10.6.8 OS X. i do not have matlab now but i know i will need it for school so i am trying to learn it. knowing this, what do you both recommend?

thanks again and sorry for being vague

Register to reply

Related Discussions
Ramp Function in MATLAB? also window adjustments (MATLAB Help) Introductory Physics Homework 2
Subliminal Learning While You Sleep & Other Inventive Learning Methods General Discussion 16
Learning Matlab Math & Science Software 4
Learning Simulink(Matlab) would help me build systems Engineering Systems & Design 1
How does learning a language differ from learning just any other information? General Discussion 7