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We will practice the following skills this semester. Exposing you to the many techniques and capabilities in MATLAB will enhance your ability to use computing tools and languages to solve engineering problems you encounter in your future academic and professional career.

  1. BuildBuild programs to solve engineering problems
    Use programming operations to calculate solutions
    Determine better and more accurate solutions
    Perform and evaluate algebraic and trigonometric operations using built-in functions
    Assign and manage variables
    Manipulate vectors and matrices, use matrix indexing, and determine matrix dimensions
    Generate linearly spaced vectors
    Create and execute a script
    Create and evaluate x-y plots and subplots suitable for technical presentation
    Create, test, and execute user-defined functions and sub-functions
    Create function input validation
    Distinguish between the different MATLAB ‘data types’
    Create and manipulate Structures and Arrays
    Perform and evaluate relational and logical operations
    Load, analyze, and manipulate images
    Obtain and utilize user input
    Manage and format text output
    Import and export numeric data using other filetypes (e.g. .csv, .xls, and .txt)
    Perform polynomial curve-fitting, general curve fitting, and interpolation
    Perform numeric and symbolic differentiation and integration
    Solve non-linear systems of equations
    Solve numeric ODE’s
    Build a block diagram in Simulink to perform an operation
    Perform numerical optimization
    Analyze Signals

  2. ToolsApply proper MATLAB conventions and good programming practices
    Note: To meet this objective, you are required to submit WORKING programs on your exams.
    Utilize debugging techniques: isolate and test sections of a program, suppress or display intermediate operations, write debuggable code, and trace variables to locate errors
    Utilize proper techniques and conventions to manipulate data and name files and variables
    Employ effective and consistent commenting and logical organization to communicate your objective, method, and results
    Implement basic techniques to increase code efficiency: reuse components where possible, remove redundancy (DIE: duplication is evil), and anticipate errors to minimize risk for error

  3. Hardware Manipulate and control devices in team-based programming design projects
    Demonstrate initiative to self-learn how to use computer based tools/devices
    Demonstrate innovation and creativity in your approach to solve complex problems
    Implement your coding skills to acquire sensor data and program an autonomous response
    Deliver a successful product
    Demonstrate successful teamwork
    Demonstrate effective technical communication to present the details of a project