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This module provides a brief introduction to the use of variables in m-file environments.

Variables

A variable is a named storage location that can be set to a particular value which can be used in subsequent computations. For example, we store a value of 5 in the variable a with the statement a=5 . This value remains in a until we store a different value (for example, using the command a=100 ) or we clear a using the command clear a . Once a variable is set to a particular value, we can get this value by using the variable name in an expression (e.g. a/2 ).

Suppose we wish to compute the circumference of a circle of diameter 5 units using the formula c d . We could first set the variable d to a value of 5: >>d = 5 d =5.000 Then we could compute the circumference and assign its value to the variable c : >>c = pi*d c =15.708 In this command, the product of the value of d (which is known because we earlier set it to 5) and the value of pi (which is a pre defined variable) is computed and the value of the product is stored in the variable c .

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Variable names must begin with an upper- or lower-case letter. They may contain letters, digits, and underscores; they may not contain spaces or punctuation characters. Variable names are case sensitive, so A and a are different variables.

Valid variable names

Which of the following are valid variable names?

  • a
  • B
  • ecky_ecky_ecky_ecky_ptang_zoo_boing
  • ecky ecky ecky ecky ptang zoo boing
  • 2nd
  • John-Bigboote

  • Valid.
  • Valid.
  • Valid.
  • Invalid, because the variable name contains spaces.
  • Invalid, because the variable name begins with a number.
  • Invalid, because the variable name contains a dash.
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There are several predefined variables. The most commonly used include

  • ans - the default variable in which computation results are stored.
  • pi -.
  • i or j - -1 .
Once assigned, variable names remain until they are reassigned or eliminated by the clear command.

Variables can contain several types of numerical values. These types include the following:

  • Scalar - a scalar is a single value (i.e. a number). c and d in are scalar variables.
  • Vector - a vector is an ordered series of numbers.
  • Matrices - a matrix is a rectangular array of numbers. The ability to do computations on vectors and matrices gives MATLAB its name (MATrix LABoratory).
  • strings - variables may also contain strings of characters.

Questions & Answers

Application of nanotechnology in medicine
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what about nanotechnology for water purification
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please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
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yes that's correct
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I think
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what is the stm
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is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
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industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
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How we are making nano material?
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What is meant by 'nano scale'?
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What is STMs full form?
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scanning tunneling microscope
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what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
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if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
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what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
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what king of growth are you checking .?
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What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
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yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
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biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
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research.net
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Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
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nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
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