For Loop in Matlab

Working and constructing for loops in Matlab happen the exact same way they do in other programming languages, at the only difference that in Matlab the first index the for loop goes through is never zero. In Matlab, the first index is 1, and this is information you should always remember while working with for loops in Matlab.

We have recently used a for loop here, while going through Euler methods in Matlab without spending a lot of time on the for loop itself, in this post we will work with the later a little intensively.

For Loop in Matlab

let’s start with the basic design flow of a for loop structure.

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The image above shows you how the loop is set to work. Without spending too much energy in understanding how this work with only the theoretical explanation, let’s test it on some real world examples.

For loop Matlab Example

Example 1

Sum all elements of a vector

In the first example, we just want to sum all elements of a vector

if the vector is the following


We want to find


We want to sum elements in an iterative way. We will create a variable m and at each iteration, we will update its value till reaching the last value of the vector.

The code looks like

A=[7 14 4 3 12 5 0 1];
for i=1:length(A)

Example 2

In this example, we will simply find the factorial of a number which we will request from the user.

More explicitly, we want the mini program to ask a number from a user, verify that the number is not negative, and compute its factorial.

The code

numb=input('Enter a number: ');
if numb<0
fprintf('the number you have entered is negative');
for i=1:numb

Example 3

This one is more an exercise than an example. Write a Matlab function that computes the following sum while requesting the value of x and n from the user.


To call the function, the user should use the following


Feel free to drop your code in the comment section.

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