There are competitors to MATLAB, although MATLAB is dominant in the industry. This lab gives you an opportunity to explore those competitors. There are a number of templates and methods to choose among competing software products. For this lab, you will compare MATLAB to a competitor; run the same program in MATLAB and on the competitor’s software, noting any differences, and documenting your results.
Add additional comparison criteria as you examine the product.
Note: There is also a web interface version of Octave that can be found at
Note: Mathematica MAY be available in the Engineering building computers
Warning #1: don’t BUY anything. Use one of the open source (free) software packages for this analysis. If you want to try Mathematica, I believe you can download a free “trial copy” for this analysis. If you find another product besides those listed above, I would love to know about it.
Warning #2: the lab computers may not permit you to download and install any new software, due to restrictions imposed by the CEFNS IT team on the use of the lab computers. If that is the case, you will need to use your personal laptop or PC to complete this lab. If you don’t have a laptop or PC, see if you can borrow or use a classmate’s or friend’s computer to complete this assignment.
Below is the point distribution for required sections in the lab report. Be sure that each section is labeled clearly. Refer to the lab submission guidelines for details on what goes in each sections.
|4.Source Code||3||Include the source code from MATLAB and the competitor product.|
|5.Code Execution Results||1||Include any relevant output from MATLAB and the competitor product.|
|6.Question Responses||7||Your table that compares MATLAB and the competitor product should go in this section.|
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