# Getting Started with MATLAB

Welcome to this MATLAB Video tutorial. If you have never used MATLAB before, this demonstration will get you started and show you where to go to next to learn more.

## Contents

## Creating Variables

The MATLAB language lets you construct commands to create and process variables. You can create variables by entering them in the command window here. For example,

a = 1

a = 1

b = 2

b = 2

c = a+b

c = 3

or...

d = cos(a)

d = 0.5403

## Creating Vectors

MATLAB is an array based language where variables can be vectors, matrices or N dimensional arrays. You use square brackets to construct arrays. To create a row vector you can type,

t=[1 2 3 4 5]

t = 1 2 3 4 5

You can use the colon operator to simplify the creation of equally spaced arrays.

```
t = 1:5 % t equals 1 to 5
```

t = 1 2 3 4 5

You can recall previously entered commands by dragging them from the command history here or by pressing the up-arrow key. You can then edit it...

```
t=0:.01:1 % t goes from 0 in steps of .01 to 1
```

t = Columns 1 through 6 0 0.0100 0.0200 0.0300 0.0400 0.0500 Columns 7 through 12 0.0600 0.0700 0.0800 0.0900 0.1000 0.1100 Columns 13 through 18 0.1200 0.1300 0.1400 0.1500 0.1600 0.1700 Columns 19 through 24 0.1800 0.1900 0.2000 0.2100 0.2200 0.2300 Columns 25 through 30 0.2400 0.2500 0.2600 0.2700 0.2800 0.2900 Columns 31 through 36 0.3000 0.3100 0.3200 0.3300 0.3400 0.3500 Columns 37 through 42 0.3600 0.3700 0.3800 0.3900 0.4000 0.4100 Columns 43 through 48 0.4200 0.4300 0.4400 0.4500 0.4600 0.4700 Columns 49 through 54 0.4800 0.4900 0.5000 0.5100 0.5200 0.5300 Columns 55 through 60 0.5400 0.5500 0.5600 0.5700 0.5800 0.5900 Columns 61 through 66 0.6000 0.6100 0.6200 0.6300 0.6400 0.6500 Columns 67 through 72 0.6600 0.6700 0.6800 0.6900 0.7000 0.7100 Columns 73 through 78 0.7200 0.7300 0.7400 0.7500 0.7600 0.7700 Columns 79 through 84 0.7800 0.7900 0.8000 0.8100 0.8200 0.8300 Columns 85 through 90 0.8400 0.8500 0.8600 0.8700 0.8800 0.8900 Columns 91 through 96 0.9000 0.9100 0.9200 0.9300 0.9400 0.9500 Columns 97 through 101 0.9600 0.9700 0.9800 0.9900 1.0000

Adding a semicolon avoids command output being echoed to the command window.

t=0:.01:1;

## The whos Command and WSB

To see what variables you have created so far type,

whos

Name Size Bytes Class Attributes a 1x1 8 double b 1x1 8 double c 1x1 8 double d 1x1 8 double t 1x101 808 double

...or view a list in the workspace browser here

To see the value of a variable just type its name such as,

b

b = 2

## Vector Operations

You carry-out operations on vectors just like simple scalars. For example,

y = sin(2*pi*t)

y = Columns 1 through 6 0 0.0628 0.1253 0.1874 0.2487 0.3090 Columns 7 through 12 0.3681 0.4258 0.4818 0.5358 0.5878 0.6374 Columns 13 through 18 0.6845 0.7290 0.7705 0.8090 0.8443 0.8763 Columns 19 through 24 0.9048 0.9298 0.9511 0.9686 0.9823 0.9921 Columns 25 through 30 0.9980 1.0000 0.9980 0.9921 0.9823 0.9686 Columns 31 through 36 0.9511 0.9298 0.9048 0.8763 0.8443 0.8090 Columns 37 through 42 0.7705 0.7290 0.6845 0.6374 0.5878 0.5358 Columns 43 through 48 0.4818 0.4258 0.3681 0.3090 0.2487 0.1874 Columns 49 through 54 0.1253 0.0628 0.0000 -0.0628 -0.1253 -0.1874 Columns 55 through 60 -0.2487 -0.3090 -0.3681 -0.4258 -0.4818 -0.5358 Columns 61 through 66 -0.5878 -0.6374 -0.6845 -0.7290 -0.7705 -0.8090 Columns 67 through 72 -0.8443 -0.8763 -0.9048 -0.9298 -0.9511 -0.9686 Columns 73 through 78 -0.9823 -0.9921 -0.9980 -1.0000 -0.9980 -0.9921 Columns 79 through 84 -0.9823 -0.9686 -0.9511 -0.9298 -0.9048 -0.8763 Columns 85 through 90 -0.8443 -0.8090 -0.7705 -0.7290 -0.6845 -0.6374 Columns 91 through 96 -0.5878 -0.5358 -0.4818 -0.4258 -0.3681 -0.3090 Columns 97 through 101 -0.2487 -0.1874 -0.1253 -0.0628 -0.0000

This makes use of the constant `pi`, pre-defined in MATLAB.

## Basic Plotting

You can plot `y` against `t` with...

```
plot(t,y) % the plot command.
```

## Complex Numbers

In MATLAB, variables can be complex; with `i` used to denote the imaginary part such as...

x= 3 + 4i

x = 3.0000 + 4.0000i

## Creating Matrices

You enter matrices using the semicolon in the following way,

a = [1 2 3; 4 5 6; 7 8 10]

a = 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10

...or you can use functions.

## Function Browser and Hints

You can browse a list of available functions in MATLAB by clicking this icon, and browsing functions by category or by searching using keywords here. Here we will generate a matrix of random numbers. Double clicking enters the function name.

Pausing after typing a parentheses shows a list of possible arguments

data=rand(5,5)

data = 0.7577 0.7060 0.8235 0.4387 0.4898 0.7431 0.0318 0.6948 0.3816 0.4456 0.3922 0.2769 0.3171 0.7655 0.6463 0.6555 0.0462 0.9502 0.7952 0.7094 0.1712 0.0971 0.0344 0.1869 0.7547

## Help

You can access help on all of MATLAB by clicking on the question mark here, then browse or search for information.

## Accessing Demonstrations

You can access demonstrations and getting started documentation from this message bar.

You can find the dimensions of an array with the `size` function.

size(data)

ans = 5 5

...which is also shown in the workspace browser.

## Matrix Operations

You can perform matrix operations such as...

```
b = a' % b = the transpose of a.
```

b = 1 4 7 2 5 8 3 6 10

```
c = a*b % c = a times b, which performs matrix multiplication,...
```

c = 14 32 53 32 77 128 53 128 213

...or

```
c = a.*b % c = a dot times b
```

c = 1 8 21 8 25 48 21 48 100

...which performs element-wise multiplication, where the corresponding elements of each matrix are multiplied.

You could calculate the inverse of matrix `a`...

inv(a)

ans = -0.6667 -1.3333 1.0000 -0.6667 3.6667 -2.0000 1.0000 -2.0000 1.0000

```
inv(a)*a % and multiply this by a...
```

ans = 1.0000 0 0.0000 0 1.0000 0 -0.0000 -0.0000 1.0000

...to confirm you get the identity matrix.

## Indexing

You can select elements or sections of an array by indexing. For the variable `a`,

a

a = 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10

Here is the value at...

```
a(2,3) % ...the second row and third column
```

ans = 6

Or for the variable `data`,

data

data = 0.7577 0.7060 0.8235 0.4387 0.4898 0.7431 0.0318 0.6948 0.3816 0.4456 0.3922 0.2769 0.3171 0.7655 0.6463 0.6555 0.0462 0.9502 0.7952 0.7094 0.1712 0.0971 0.0344 0.1869 0.7547

...here is the section from,

```
data(1:3,2:end) % rows 1 to 3 and columns 2 to the end.
```

ans = 0.7060 0.8235 0.4387 0.4898 0.0318 0.6948 0.3816 0.4456 0.2769 0.3171 0.7655 0.6463

You can set values in this way too. For example, with `data`, you could

```
data(1:2, :) = 0 % set rows 1:2 and all the columns to zero.
```

data = 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.3922 0.2769 0.3171 0.7655 0.6463 0.6555 0.0462 0.9502 0.7952 0.7094 0.1712 0.0971 0.0344 0.1869 0.7547

The colon operator used on its own in indexing, specifies "all elements", in this case, all columns.

Note that array indices in MATLAB start at 1.

## Plotting Matrices

And you can plot matrices as well. If you wanted to display the matrix `w`...

```
w=y'*y; % ...generated by multiplying the transpose of the sine wave vector y, with itself...
```

...you could enter...

surf(w);

...which creates a surface plot.

## Conclusion

That concludes the demonstration. You can try some of these examples in MATLAB now or watch one of the other videos.