# 1. Introduction to MATLAB

Learning programming language is really interesting. In this lesson we will learn about the basic overview of MATLAB. So let’s start.

- MATLAB is developed by MathWorks. It is the high-level language and interactive environment used by millions of engineers and scientists worldwide.
- MATLAB (stands for MATrix LABoratory) is a special-purpose computer program optimized to perform engineering and scientific calculations.
- It is a fourth-generation high-level programming language and interactive environment for numerical computation, visualization and programming.
- The language was originally developed in the 1970’s for applications involving matrices, linear algebra, and numerical analysis.
- MATLAB has a number of add-on software modules, called toolboxes, that perform more specialized computations.
- It allows matrix manipulations, plotting of functions and data, implementation of algorithms, interfacing with programs written in other languages, including C, C++, Java, Fortran and create models and applications.
- It has numerous built-in commands and math functions that help you in mathematical calculations. Note that for any kind of help or to find any kind of built-in function and command MATLAB help is very useful.

**MATLAB Display **

**Basic Features of MATLAB:**

Following are some commonly used mathematical calculations where it is used most commonly:

- Dealing with Matrices and Arrays.
- 2-D and 3-D Plotting and graphics.
- Linear Algebra.
- Algebraic Equations.
- Non-linear Functions.
- Statistics.
- Data Analysis.
- Calculus and Differential Equations.
- Numerical Calculations.
- Integration.
- Transforms.
- Curve Fitting.
- Various other special functions.

**Uses of MATLAB:**

It is used in a range of applications including:

- Signal Processing and Communications.
- Image and Video Processing Control Systems.
- Test and Measurement.
- Computational Finance.
- Computational Biology.

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