Numerical Computing is an important course for engineers to take as it
opens up the use of Matlab as a tool in your arsenal. For example, as
seen in problem 5, you can non-trivially find the angle of an oblique
shock instead of interpolating off of an accepted graph. Matlab
introduces precision and takes much of the heavy lifting of
engineering off the individuals shoulders. Matlab can be used for a
variety of tasks if it is understood by the person writing the
code. It is essential to understand how Matlab works and how it will
fail in order to get the best quality results. As seen in problem 1,
not understanding how a script works can result in a 7
Billion project exploding. Just like all engineers, Matlab has flaws,
but it is the engineer that must be responsible to know these faults
and it's strengths in order to be successfully implemented. As many
engineers will see, Matlab will become an integral part of your
understanding of engineering, as many mechanics problems are now
solved numerically to ensure precise results. Furthermore, it can make
your life easier as it's easier to change one variable and re-run a
code then it is to redo countless calculations if one makes a mistake
early in your solution. Good luck in your studies!!