This book has been authored to help the students studying basic mathematical stuff that can be met up with in the course of engineering under the name of ‘engineering mathematics’. They are supposed to have taken at least two freshman-level courses, one on differentiation/integration and one on linear algebra (vector and matrix). One more course on the basic level of MATLAB is recommended.
It is not the aim of this book to provide any foundation in the mathematical theory since the authors are not so knowledgeable as to do it. The first aim of this book is to help the readers understand the concepts, techniques, terminologies, and equations appearing in the existing books on engineering mathematics while using MATLAB software for computation that would be timeconsuming, tedious, and error-prone with no computing device. Needless to say, the readers are recommended to learn some basic usage of MATLAB software that is available from the MATLAB help manual or the on-line documents at the website <http://www.mathworks.com/>. However, they are not required to be so good at MATLAB since most programs in this book have been composed carefully and completely so that they can be understood in connection with related/referred equations and algorithms.
The readers are expected to get used to the MATLAB software while trying to modify/use the MATLAB codes in this book for solving the end-of-chapter problems or their own problems. The second and main aim of this book is to make even a novice at both MATLAB and mathematics become acquainted, at least comfortable, with MATLAB as well as mathematics while running the MATLAB codes on his/her computer, trying to understand what is going on among the equations, and making an interpretation of derived results or formulas. Is it too much to expect that a novice will become interested in engineering mathematics and simultaneously, fall in love with MATLAB, which is a universal language for engineers and scientists, after having read this book through? Is it just the authors’ imagination that the readers would think of this book describing and explaining many concepts in MATLAB rather than in English? In any case, the authors have no intention to hide their hope that this book will be one of the all-the-time-reserved books in most libraries and can be found always on the desks of most engineers who are interested in developing their insight and getting an overview rather than repeating impractical computations when studying engineering mathematics.