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Preface to Third Edition


In going from the previous edition to this third edition, we have made many significant
changes. A new chapter, Biological Systems: Transport of Heat, Mass, and Electric
Charge, has been added. To make room for this new material, Chapter 8, Machine
Design, of the previous edition has been removed. In Chapter 1,Introduction, more
details on the setup of user preferences and the use of the MATLAB editor are provided,
and the number of exercises has been significantly increased. Also, the Symbolic
toolbox has been moved to this chapter. In Chapter 5, Function Creation and Selected MATLAB Functions, the section dealing with the differential equation solvers now
includes the delay differential equations solver (dde23) and the one-dimensional
parabolicelliptic partial differential equations solver (pdepe). In addition, the range
of examples for the ordinary differential equations solver bvp4c has been expanded to
better illustrate its wide applicability. Chapter 6, 2D Graphics, contains twice the
number of special-purpose graph functions, more material on the enhancement of
graphs, and several new examples replacing those used in the second edition. Chapter
9, Vibrations, has been extensively revised and expanded to include a wider range of
applications. Chapter 13 Optimization, has also been expanded to demonstrate the
use of the new Genetic Algorithm and Direct Search toolbox.
Overall, the book has been refreshed to reflect the authors collective
experiences with MATLAB, to introduce the new enhancements that are available
in the MATLAB editor, and to include some of the new functions that have been
introduced since the last edition. Overall, the examples, exercises, and MATLAB
functions presented in the book have been increased by more than 25%. The book
now contains 190 numbered examples, almost 300 exercises, and more than 375
MATLAB functions that are illustrated. The programs in this edition have been run
on Version 2009a.

NEW TO THE EDITION


Text was revised and tested throughout for the latest version of the software:
release 2009a
A new chapter has been added: Biological Systems: Transport of Heat, Mass,
and Electric Charge
25% increase in number of examples, exercises, and Matlab functions
Range of applications increased to include biology and electrical engineering
Chapter 5 Function Creation and Selected Matlab Functions now includes the
delay differential equations solver (dde23) and the one-dimensional parabolicelliptic partial differential equations solver (pdepe).
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Expanded coverage in Chapter 9 Vibrations gives a wider range of applications.


Chapter 13 Optimization has been expanded to demonstrate the use of the
new Genetic Algorithm and Direct Search toolbox.
We have also created additional resources for the instructor and for the user.
In addition to a solution manual that is available to instructors, we also provide a set
of PowerPoint slides covering the material presented in Chapters 17. For the user
of the book, we have created M files of all the numbered examples in each chapter.
These ancillary materials can be accessed from the publishers Web site.
E. B. MAGRAB
S. AZARM
B. BALACHANDRAN
J. H. DUNCAN
K. E. HEROLD
G. C. WALSH
College Park, MD