Practice Programming Problems

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QUIZ, MATLAB programs which suggest how to write MATLAB programs to solve some simple questions.


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QUIZ is available in a MATLAB version.

Related Data and Programs:

AREA_UNDER_CURVE, a MATLAB function which displays the area under a curve, that is, the points (x,y) between the X axis and the curve Y=F(X).

BISECTION_RC, a MATLAB library which seeks a solution to the equation F(X)=0 using bisection within a user-supplied change of sign interval [A,B]. The procedure is written using reverse communication.

MATLAB_RANDOM, MATLAB programs which illustrate the use of Matlab's random number generator (RNG) functions.

PUZZLES, MATLAB programs which were used to solve various puzzles.

SUDOKU, a MATLAB library which handles Sudoku puzzles;

TIMER, MATLAB programs which demonstrate how to compute CPU time or elapsed time.


During class, we will go over these problems one at a time. I will give some background to the problems, and make some suggestions to get you started, but then I hope we can work together on a common solution. And then I hope we can write a better program, and maybe an even better one.

During the exercises, I will introduce some MATLAB concepts that may be new or vague or confusing to you. I will supply a short reference sheet that I think will help you.


The integral of f(x) from x1 to x2 is the area between the x axis and the curve. Consider the function f(x) = 3/4*(1-x^2), over the interval -1.5 <= x <= 1.5. If we can't use calculus, what other methods can compute or estimate this area?


At 2:00, the minute hand (pointing at 12) is "behind" the hour hand (which points to 2). At 3:00, the minute hand has passed the hour hand. When did the two hands meet? How can we compute with hours, minutes and seconds without going crazy?


I want to plot the function

y = cos ( 100 * x ) - 4 * erf ( 30 * x - 10 )?
from 0 to 1, evaluating at x = 0/5000, 1/5000, ..., 5000/5000. Does it make a difference whether I plot one point at a time, or all at once?


Start with a number N. If it's even, divide it by 2. If it's odd, multiply by 3 and add 1. Repeat. Eventually, you reach a value of 1. Count how many steps it took. This is the hailstone number of N. Do we see a pattern if we compute and plot HAIL(N) for many values of N?


Estimate the area of my hand.


Make a table of powers 2^n? How far can we go before we see the effects of computer arithmetic? What about a table of (2^n)-1?


A spherical water tank has radius R. If it is filled to a depth H, what is the volume V of water it contains? If we can weigh the tank and determine the volume V, then what is the height of the water in the tank?

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Last revised on 01 October 2015.