Using Matlab to teach the introductory computer-programming course for engineers

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Abstract

The introductory computer-programming course for engineers is usually taught using the C++ programming language. This work describes our current effort to introduce a pilot project, which can be used in an evaluation process by those departments that would like to substitute Matlab for C++. Those who would like to continue the current practice, but are looking for more challenging problems/projects involving Matlab can also use the project outcome. The project, at this time, is not calling for elimination of C++, but merely a reversal of our on-going practice at Penn State; namely, twelve weeks of Matlab and two weeks of C++. A discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of conducting a computer-programming course in this format are included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15103-15107
Number of pages5
JournalASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - Oct 25 2004
EventASEE 2004 Annual Conference and Exposition, "Engineering Researchs New Heights" - Salt Lake City, UT, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2004Jun 23 2004

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