Matlab7.0.x Release 14
All Platforms (Sun, SGI, Linux, MacOSX, Windows)
Integrated computing environment combining a high-level
language, numerical computation and scientific visualization
Instructions for Use
On Unix systems, the latest version of Matlab is located in /opt/matlab/current
The executable is located at /opt/bin/matlab
Make sure that /opt/bin is in your path (
To run type: matlab
If the matlab GUI appears too slow, one can use the software from a terminal interface:
type: matlab -nodesktop
type: matlab -nojvm
(no java virtual machine)
To exit matlab type: quit
Help is available within matlab, type 'help topic' , to get information on 'topic'
Html help is available by typing 'helpdesk' in the matlab window or from the pull-down help menu.
Typing "helpwin", will give all the matlab commands.
Typing "lookfor topic", will give all commands containing 'topic'.
MATLAB Online Reference Documentation
Demos & Tutorials
When running matlab, type 'demos' or 'helpdesk'.
A window will appear providing access to an introduction to Matlab
as well as an overview of various matlab applications and code.
On the Web:
Matlab - Getting Started
Matlab - On-line Demos
Simulink - On-line Demos
Matlab Tutorial Information
(locally installed in /tools on Unix systems).
List of some tutorials on-line
University of Utah
West Virginia University
Products and Toolboxes
We have licenses for a variety of toolboxes. They are located in /opt/matlab/current/toolbox on Unix systems.
Specifically, we have licenses for:
Control System Toolbox
Image Processing Toolbox
Partial Differential Equation Toolbox
Robust Control Toolbox
Signal Processing Toolbox
Symbolic Math Toolbox
System Identification Toolbox
Typing 'ver' in the matlab windows, will give all license and toolbox information.
Links to documentation describing all of the toolboxes can be found by going to
the 'matlab helpdesk' main page.
Warning About Licenses
We have a limited number of Matlab licenses available.
We request that Matlab be terminated when not in use.
Making movies with matlab
In matlab's helpdesk search for "make movie"
The pages explain how to:
export matlab graphs to avi (Microsoft format) movies
display and make movies from multiframe movies
transform a matlab movie into an avi movie.
Making mpeg movies with matlab
Contains information on exporting numbered images.
Some Relevant Web Pages
Matlab Home Page
Simulink Main Page
Matlab - Technical Literature
Simulink - Technical Literature
Mathworks Products and Toolboxes
MatLab - Latest Release Highlights
Matlab Central: File Exchange
Control Tutorials for Matlab
from Carnegie Mellon and the University of Michigan