News | October 14, 2008

The MathWorks Announces MATLAB And Simulink Student Version 2008b

NATICK, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The MathWorks today announced the availability of MATLAB and Simulink Student Version Release 2008b, which provides major updates that address student demand for an easy-to-learn, powerful environment for both numeric and symbolic computations.

New object-oriented programming capabilities include full support for classes and objects, inheritance, methods, properties, events, and packages. These enhancements to MATLAB make programming more intuitive for the majority of science and engineering students who are already familiar with object-oriented programming in languages such as C++, C#, and Java.

The new Student Version includes Symbolic Math Toolbox Version 5.1 with a new MuPAD notebook interface that supports embedded text, graphics, and typeset math for documenting and managing symbolic mathematics computations performed with the MuPAD language. It also provides methods and functions to link MuPAD notebooks and language with the MATLAB environment. With this capability, students gain a single integrated environment for working with both numeric and symbolic computations.

"The features in Student Version 2008b further simplify MATLAB programming for students, making them proficient with the program quickly so that instructors can spend more time on actual projects and course work," said Cleve Moler, chief scientist at The MathWorks and creator of MATLAB. "Students will benefit from code reuse and encapsulation capabilities that object-oriented programming offers; but more importantly, they can build on their knowledge of other object-oriented languages that they are already learning at school."

To help students ramp up faster, The MathWorks has produced free, self-paced online video tutorials designed to familiarize students on MATLAB and Simulink in less than two hours. The tutorials are available at

Pricing and Availability

MATLAB & Simulink Student Version R2008b is available immediately to qualified students for the Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Macintosh platforms through authorized campus and online resellers, or it can be purchased and downloaded directly from The MathWorks Web Store at To qualify for purchase, students must be enrolled at a degree-granting institution and have a valid student ID. The student price is $99 in the U.S. and Canada. Pearson Education Limited distributes MATLAB & Simulink Student Version to university bookstores in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). Bookstores in these regions should contact Pearson directly at

About The MathWorks
The MathWorks is the world's leading developer of technical computing and Model-Based Design software for engineers and scientists in industry, government, and education. With an extensive product set based on MATLAB and Simulink, The MathWorks provides software and services to solve challenging problems and accelerate innovation in automotive, aerospace, communications, financial services, biotechnology, electronics, instrumentation, process, and other industries.

The MathWorks was founded in 1984 and employs more than 2,000 people worldwide, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts. For additional information, visit

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