# What is MATLAB used for? Uses Of Matlab in Real life. Intro to Matlab Environment.

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What is MATLAB?

- Matlab is a tool and programming the environment used in computational science but also in other areas.
- A simple environment to quickly test ideas and to study the results
- Also available in other tools, such as Freemat, Maple, Mathematica, Comsol Multiphysics, and other programming languages like C/C++, Fortran, Java.

Developed by MathWorks, Inc. http://www.mathworks.com

First version already in the late 70s.

Originally MATrix LABoratory but in short it is known as Matlab.

Matemathical environment for

**Numerical computations**,**Graphics**,**Programming**.
Many powerful predefined functions with the ability to define your own.

Own object-oriented programming language.

Collaboration with C++, Java, and Fortran possible.

Over 25 plugin (toolboxes) are available for special applications, eg:

Signal analysis,

Image analysis,

Statistics,

Symbolic mathematics,

Financial mathematics,

Parallel computing,

Run under UNIX/Linux, Windows or Macintosh.

Application areas:

Wherever there are computational problems

Education: mathematics (specifically linear algebra), computational science, physics, chemistry, engineering, economics, etc.

Research: lab environment to test the solution methods, study, analyze problems, perform calculations and visualize the results.

Industry: used in the same manner as in research, for example on development departments in biotechnology, electronics, automotive, etc.

MATLAB environment:

The development environment (MATLAB desktop) has a plurality of windows, Command window, Current folder, Workspace, and Command History.

Matlab Window Layout |

MATLAB is usually controlled from the command window (Command Window), but also from the menus.

Commands are given by »-prompter and executed when the return key is pressed.

Example:

Exit Matlab:

In the command window, you can work interactively as an advanced calculator.

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