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Irritated by Matlab should I retake the course?

  1. Nov 3, 2013 #1
    Hey fellas how are you all doing? This is my first year as an engineering student and so far I am enjoying most of my classes(Math, chem, programming) except for one, my matlab class. This class is really a pain in my ***. This is my first time seeing a programming language and I have a grade of 80% in this class now only because I get so much help from friends. This is also the lowest grade out of all my classes. I know I can pass the course but i don't feel like I am learning everything that I should. would it be wise to retake the course or should I just go through it and just get it over with?

    Thank you for your insights.
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  3. Nov 3, 2013 #2


    Staff: Mentor

    Well you're passing right so I'd stick it out. Matlab becomes real important in future classes on engineering so you need no matter what. Learning to program is a lot like following recipes. Once you've seen how it's done you can repeat for a future problem. Keep working with your friends and please talk to the professor about it. It may be that this class is a screener class designed see who moves ahead in your major and who drops out.

    Perhaps a matlab reference book would be helpful or the tutorials on the matlab site.

    This is a pretty good reference for matlab:

  4. Nov 3, 2013 #3
    I would just get through it. You can take a book like Matlab for engineers to practice with after you get through the course. As one of the other posters mentioned, you will be seeing Matlab a lot in higher courses where it's just too difficult and time consuming to do things by hand. I would also pick up maple too since it's symbolic. I like to first do a problem in maple or Matlab and then I'll write it up for turn in. I do this in courses like heat transfer, reactor theory, ionizing radiation and fluid dynamics.
  5. Nov 3, 2013 #4
    Try to learn as much as you can from the class while you are taking it. Your best bet is the read reference books and experiment on your own time and NOT to retake the class if you can help it.
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