Mihai's links about computing environment setup
Getting Started With Matlab
- While the free version of Kermit Sigmon's primer for Matlab is quite a bit out of date, I still find it to be an excellent and fairly rapid start, particularly for math-oriented grad students with a moderate computational experience, as I was in 1993.
- A web version of an even earlier edition of the primer can be found online in various places, for example here.
- Mathworks (the company that develops Matlab) has several "getting started" webinars available online for free. I have found some here.
- Cleve Moler's book is also freely-for-individual-use available at the Mathworks website.