MATH 206 - Introduction to MATLAB

1 Credits


Mathematics Department Online tutorial and homework program


MATH 141 or MATH 131


This course is intended to prepare students for subsequent courses requiring computation with MATLAB. Covers basics of MATLAB including simple commands, variables, solving equations, graphing differentiation and integration, matrices and vectors, functions, M-files and fundamentals of programming in the MATLAB environment.

Requirement for the following UMD engineering programs: Fire Protection Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering; Mechanical Engineering.

Mechanical Engineering students entering the major in Fall 2017 or later are required to take ENME 202: Fundamentals of Engineering Computing in place of MATH 206 unless they have credit for an acceptable programming course. Please contact a Mechanical Engineering advisor for accepted programming course information.


The student will be able to understand and apply the fundamentals of Matlab, including how to run the software, basic commands, variables, solving equations, simple (pre-) calculus operations, matrices and vectors, functions, basic programming and M-files.


  • Basic Commands of MATLAB
  • Variables
  • Solving Equations
  • Script
  • Simple Calculus and Pre-calculus Operations
  • Matrices and Vectors
  • Functions,
  • Programming and Limitations of MATLAB
  • MuPAD  

Learning Outcomes 

  • an ability to apply knowledge of mathematics, science, and engineering
  • an ability to identify, formulate, and solve engineering problems

Class/Laboratory Schedule 

The University of Maryland follows the Maryland Higher Education Commission's policies on "contact hours;" specifically, one semester hour of credit will be awarded for a minimum of 30 hours, of 50 minutes each of supervised laboratory or studio time, exclusive of registration, study days and holidays.

Last Updated By 
Dr. Justin Wyss-Gallifent, June 2017