June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
Minorities in Engineering
12.858.1 - 12.858.15
Improving Problem Solving Skills through Adapting Programming Tools
There are numerous ways for engineers and students to become better problem-solvers. The use of command line and visual programming tools can help to model a problem and formulate a solution through visualization. The analysis of problem attributes and constraints provide insight into the scope and complexity of the problem. The visualization aspect of the problem-solving approach tends to make students and engineers more systematic in their thought process and help them catch errors before proceeding too far in the wrong direction. The problem-solver identifies and defines important terms, variables, rules, and procedures required for solving a problem. Every step required to construct the problem solution can be defined in program commands that produce intermediate output.
This paper advocates improved problem solving skills through using a programming tool. MatLab, created by MathWorks, is an interactive numerical computing environment and programming language. It is a matrix-based system that easily lends itself to matrix manipulation and plotting of functions and data. MatLab can be used as an interactive command line or a sequence of commands that can be saved in a file as a script or named functions. Prior programming experience is not required to use MatLab. MatLab visual and command programming are presented here. The GNU Octave, part of the GNU project, a free computer program for performing numerical computations, is comparable to MatLab.
MatLab Programming Language
The easy-to-use computing environment of MatLab, along with the availability of thousands of built-in functions for mathematics, statistics, simulation, data analysis and general purpose programming, has rendered it a popular software tool for many engineers and scientists in various fields. MatLab is a dynamically typed language . In a dynamically typed language, impending errors are caught at run-time. MATLAB is delivered as part of an integrated computing environment facilitating programming in three different ways, known as shell, script and function. Shell, a single command line typed directly from a keyboard, uses hundreds of pre-built mathematical functions. MatLab programming constructs (decision statements, loop statements, etc.) and pre-built
Shaykhian, L., & Shaykhian, G. A. (2007, June), Improving Problem Solving Skills Through Adapting Programming Tools Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. 10.18260/1-2--1726
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