Matlab Projects for Scientists and Engineers

Preface

This workbook serves as a computer programming supplement to
*Physics for Scientists and Engineers 2/e*,
by Fishbane, Gasiorowicz and Thornton.
In each section, a computer program, written in MATLAB(R),
illustrates a topic from the textbook.
Each section contains five to seven exercises of varying difficulty
(labeled (I), (II) and (III) as in the textbook).
The easier exercises only require running a program and
reporting the results while the most demanding can be major projects
involving significant coding.

While many students and instructors will welcome the opportunity to use the computer to explore physics problems in an introductory class some may ask "when will I find the time to do programming?" The traditional freshman physics curriculum includes many hours of lecture, laboratory work, recitation and homework; these long hours are justified when the effort adds to one's understanding of physics. We hope that you find using the programs and solving the exercises in this workbook is not just time well spent but also time enjoyably spent.

IMPORTANT: A COPY OF MATLAB (PROFESSIONAL OR STUDENT EDITION) IS REQUIRED TO RUN THE PROGRAMS IN THIS WORKBOOK.

MATLAB is a registered trademark of The MathWorks Inc.

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